Beach Walk 735 – Spring Bikini Edition

I’ve been conducting a very lackadaisical campaign on Beach Walks over the past three years to change attitudes about bikinis aka the Bikini Liberation Front. We mostly approach them from the point of view of bikini watchers, not bikini wearers. It is so loaded with who should or should not wear one. Well here in Hawaii they are ubiquitous! No matter what kine body you have – it just feels good to have the warm water of the Pacific and the warm sunshine wash over you. Wayne Dyer once said something very apropos here: “What you think of me is none of my business.” So if you find yourself wanting to wear a bikini this summer, it just may be that all that needs to get in shape is your mind!

Here are previous bikini episodes:
Barnard University Paper on Bikinis and Beach Walks by Patricia Lange
Beach Walk 699 – Bikini Madness
Beach Walk 436 – Bikini Culture, Internet Culture
Beach Walk 211 – Go deeper to see clearly
Beach Walk 149 – Free 2 B U & Me
Beach Walk 91 – Free Your Tummy!
Beach Walk 43 – Live Dangerously; Wear a Bikini!

Hawaiian word:
Manaʻo: mind
ʻAno: shape, type

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Beach Walk 687 – Looks Terrible But…

We saw my friend Paul on the beach today – he was smartly walking instead of swimming due to the bloom of Portuguese Man-o-war (tiny jellyfish) in the bay (there’s a picture of one inside this episode). Me? I swim regardless, and curiously enough was planning to talk about how “bad” my arm looks from a sting a few days before. I wanted to show it to you so you could employ mind over matter to unplug the automatic responses we have to wounds and ugliness. Talking about change is one thing, but actually having opportunities to make change in our neurons is another. Not to worry; it will be all gone in a few days. Let that weigh in as you look at my spotted arm.

Hawaiian Word:
ʻōiwi: appearance, physique

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Beach Walk 261 OTR – 2nd reaction is what counts

Snap judgments are nearly impossible to avoid; focus on your second reaction.

It’s one thing to want to avoid snap judgments, but I think they are inevitable! What to do then? Well, being aware of the first reaction, and paying attention to the second reaction – that’s where we actually can direct our thoughts in the direction we want.

These first reactions usually result directly from a lack of information or understanding, and a long line of historical messages. Walk with me in Central Park as we talk more about this topic and my previous experience in the NY Marathon.

Many mahalos for Bill C. of for filming today’s episode with me.

We’re on Akimbo! That is a service that lets you download selected programs from the internet and watch it on your TV. Beach Walks is one of only 8 video podcasts to be accepted!

Hawaiian words
Pāka: park

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Beach Walk 260 OTR – Filters – Good News, Bad News

Our brains depend on being able to filter out enormous amounts of irrelevant stimuli; they also lump people into broad categories that are often inaccurate.

I like to read a person’s energy instead of being distracted by the surface to find out who s/he is.

I went to a nice “Open to the Public” park near my hotel today to film in the warm sunshine, only to be swept away by security guards. “It’s a public park but private property. You can’t film.”

So I thought quickly, and realized I hadn’t yet been to Central Park this trip, so I scurried over there and grabbed what I could of the lingering light, only to have weak batteries. Sorry about the poor sound – it’s rare on Beach Walks!

When I’m traveling, I am on my own – there is no Secret Cameraman, so I shoot, edit, encode, and upload these episodes myself. I don’t always carry all the extra spare parts. 🙂

We’re on Akimbo! That is a service that lets you download selected programs from the internet and watch it on your TV. Beach Walks is one of only 8 video podcasts to be accepted!

Hawaiian words
Kānana: filter

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Beach Walk 231 OTR – Clearing Up Prejudice

I like to look past the wires and street signs in favor of the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

For those of you who are new here, I usually walk the beach with my dog Lexi in Hawai’i. But I am on the road traveling for my job, so you get to come along with me! I like to think of Beach Walks as much as an attitude as a place. A place where we explore the edges of the known world, and think differently.

The video camera was distracted by the street clutter and had a hard time zooming in on the snowy peaks in the distance. I realized that I too get distracted by people’s surface characteristics… At the same time, I understand how much “stuff” fills our field of vision, and that filtering is a necessary part of coping on a day to day basis.

Nonetheless, the Beach Walks attitude is about taking some of the charge off of the language. Filtering is one thing; prejudice is another.

Here’s where I was headed tonight:
Lannan Readings & Conversations Series

Hawaiian words
Kānana: filter

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