As many of you know, I am a member of Slow Food Maui. (Suggest you visit www.slowfoodmaui.org and take a peek). This morning as I was petting the little dog with one foot, drinking coffee with my right hand while turning the newspaper with my left hand and dictating an email out loud to my daughter, I realized how silly it was. I stopped and laughed out loud. Then after I got everyone off to school/work I opened my Slow Food Maui email and it read “How to Slow Down” from an organization called Slow Down Now. I’m serious, here is their website www.slowdownnow.org. May I suggest that you slow down now and read it?
How to Slow Down
1. Drink a cup of tea, put your feet up and stare idly out of the window. Warning: Do not attempt this while driving.
2. Do one thing at a time. Remember multitasking is a moral weakness (except for women who have superior brain function).
3. Do not be pushed into answering questions. A response is not the same as an answer. Ponder, take your time.
4. Learn our Slow Manifesto.
5. Yawn often. Medical studies have shown lots of things, and possibly that yawning may be good for you.
6. Spend more time in bed. You have a better chance of cultivating your dreams (not your aspirations.)
7. Read the slow stories.
8. Spend more time in the bathtub. (See letter from Major Smythe-Blunder.)
9. Practice doing nothing. (Yes this is the difficult one.)
10. Avoid too much seriousness. Laugh, because you’re only alive on planet earth for a limited time.
On Sunday January 22, 2012 I attended TedxMaui. The theme was THE COURAGE TO DREAM. And dream I did, in fact every single day since. Day and night.
I’ve become a TED TALKS junkie. I was so inspired. Everyone was buzzing from the internal high.But now what?
Now, almost a week later I ask myself and all of you…where do we go from here. It’s one thing to be inspired but how are you making any difference or any change in your life or better yet the lives of others. One comment I hear often is that people are so busy that they can’t do much more than go to work and talk care of their family. Well, I say to invite someone to join your family for dinner especially of they are alone or need company. I say reach out more to your neighbors and offer help. Take in their empty trash can after pick up. Or pick up their newspaper and leave it within reach of their front door. Or simply smile big at someone you don’t know.
So, I’d like to know, please. Where do we go from here? And how do you make the shift? The change needed to inspire others?
1. Watch the sunset or sunrise. And not just a quickie. Bring some wine or coffee. Sit, relax and enjoy.
2. Go see local art. Plenty of art galleries and one or two museums.
3. Go to the beach. Any beach. Swim. Float and let the water relax your body.
4. Eat Local. Either fresh local fruit from a farmers market or dine out and make sure the restaurant sources locally grown as much as possible, not just one menu item. Also make sure they are locally owned and operated.
5. Go to a luau. Old Lahaina Luau is my favorite. Authentic.
6. Listen to local live music. Hawaiian music. Not a DJ or backing tracks. LIVE local music.
7. Sleep in. Read in bed. Better yet, snuggle up and just relax with someone you love.
8. Go to church or synagogue. Re-connect. Especially if you don’t usually attend a house of worship in your home town. And if you pray best on a mountain top in nature, well we have those too.
9. Visit a working farm. Any kind of farm. We are the only state in the US that grows coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Go find one.
10. Shop local. Yes, we appreciate you coming to Maui. Yes, you probably need to bring something back from Maui to the dog sitter, house sitter, etc. Please make sure your gifts are 100% Maui made, for obvious reasons.
I am asked often “what should I do on Maui?” and that question makes my mind hungry. There is so much to taste, see and experience. My friend Liza from www.amauiblog.com is asking my opinion what are the top 10 things to do while on Maui. Here is the number #1 recommendation of what to do on Maui if you’re visiting or live here, in my opinion.
Eat local. Choose locally grown foods. Everyone needs to eat. Select restaurants that are locally owned and managed. Find food on the menu that is locally sourced – ask your server. Stay away from restaurants that you can eat at in your home state.
Try new foods. Visit farmers markets. Ask local residents where they eat. Explore and experiment. And most of all enjoy.
January 3, 2012
Day three. Jet lag still has the best of me. I’m falling asleep at 7:00 pm and waking up at midnight. I have advice from everyone on this subject. But here are my observations.
It’s nice to be up in the middle of the night. It’s cool, quiet and I get quite a bit accomplished.
The phone doesn’t ring. I like that.
It’s provided me with time to read, think and plan out my day.
And I might of missed this sunrise yesterday morning. I was walking our little dog at the beach. Enjoy.
January 1, 2012.
First post of the 2012 year.
New years resolution? Not me. I take time on my birthday each year to go off by myself and think about the year and my personal goals, where I missed the mark and how I can improve.
I would like to share that opportunities arise each day to improve and make changes in ones life. Why do we wait for one day a year to create change?
Everything is attached to a cycle. Daily routines, weekly events or changes that happen each month. Even season by season we feel the shift.
I’m going for kindness. For the month of December I traveled with my family to Seattle, Amsterdam and Israel. Being away from home I was aware of people that showed kindness, even the smallest gesture. Living on Maui we are in contact daily with people visiting. I say show kindness.
When was the last time someone showed a kind gesture to you?
Home Sweet Home.
It’s 4:00 am and I am wide awake. We arrived back on Maui yesterday. I knew our trip to Israel would have an impact on our life. While I still unpack and get our Maui life back in order I’ll be posting and sharing thoughts about our trip and observations.
Today, when we arrived I saw a hotel that is being built in Kahului near the airport. When we departed Maui on December 9th there was no hotel there…now it had been framed and roofed. WOW, that was fast. When were were in Israel there are no major box box stores. In Israel you support small business and farmers markets. They have grocery stores, butchers, flower stores, bakeries and liquor stores.
I decided to make dinner one night for my family. First to the butcher for meat. Then to the bakery for bread and the market for fresh vegetables and finally to the florist for flowers. No one stop shop.
Can you imagine Maui without shopping at the big box stores?
Jerusalem on Christmas. We visited several important holy sites in Jerusalem. On Christmas we visited the Wailing Wall, The Wall or in Hebrew known as the the KOTEL.
It was cold and pouring rain so we decided to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Six denominations of Christianity are represented here, each with distinct chapels and religious sites under one massive roof. Included is the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.
Many of you know I’m Jewish but honor and respect all religions. I was emotionally moved by visiting this church. First it’s so old, officially built ad326 then many rooms were added on over the next several hundred years. Then to see so many different people, all ages and walks of life being so moved emotionally. Everyone was there for a specific purpose, probably for different reasons all woven together. Each time I looked at someone we all communicated with our eyes and body language that felt like the same language. Everyone walked with purpose and respect.
The entire church is very large with 20 or 30 rooms added over over the years. The entire church is lit by candles. One huge dome appears in what seems like the center with a skylight at the top. During our visit an Organ was being played. It was massive in size and sound which added an emotional layer to our visit. I never wanted to leave and not because it was cold and rainy outside but because I felt a comfort and connection with my surroundings.
On the floor just inside the church is a piece of pink marble. It is where (it is said) the body of Jesus was cleansed and prepared for burial. This man was adding oil to the lamps that hung over the pink marble. Many people came and touched the stone while showing an outpouring of emotion. I placed my hand there and the rest of my visit will remain private.