The traditional spirituality of the Hawaiians is full of high truths. As I was practicing my Tai Chi this morning the concept of makia came to mind. Makia refers to the principle that “energy flows where attention goes”. And there I was doing Tai Chi while part of my mind was thinking on the future (i.e. what makia means and writing a post about it). My goal is to keep myself in the present, because the present is all we actually have. Despite the fine workings of science, we do not have any evidence that there is a past or a future.
Yesterday, as I was at work doing massage in a room called makia, I found my mind was drawn to thoughts of the future. I was planning a six week retreat for this summer. That thinking was very pleasant, but I wanted to be totally in the moment. The moment was actually not as pleasant. Unpleasant judgements about my client and their body were arising. For some people the distraction would have been a welcome blessing, but I have a commitment to not avoid or evade the unpleasant arisings in my life. They are all part of what is. I wanted energy to be flowing for my client, not into the void called “future”.
Keeping makia in mind, I brought my focus back to my hands and occupied my mind with ho’oponopono. I did not force the judgements away, but simply let them arise. I know that they are not me. I am not the judge any more than I am the witness.
Read more about Hawaiian spiritual principles in my earlier post.