A few months ago, I attended a celebratory gathering of friends that buzzed with delectable food, aromatic teas, and live music featuring guitar, ukelele, tapas, harmonium, and djembe.
Midway through the evening, a Hawaiian kumu (teacher), adorned with waist-length gray hair and a colorful tunic, suddenly appeared. As her tiny feet took the floor to speak, the man next to me whispered, “This is going to be a $1,000 presentation.”
Yes, the kumu’s words made a positive impression on me. But, it was the mesmerizing movements of her hula dance that split open my heart.
As my tears tumbled, the world expanded. I felt an uncontainable love as the magical life force of sacred, old style hula (hula kahiko) touched and opened me in unspeakable ways.
In that moment, I knew “love” would be my guiding word for 2015.