We are learning the song Pua Lililehua and it's a beautiful slow tempo song.
The song itself:
Famed musical artist, Kahauanu Lake, wrote this song to win the heart of well know hula master Mä'iki Aiu. Pälolo was the area in which she lived. Mä'iki was a young girl when she graduated ('uniki) as Kumu Hula from famed hula expert Lokalia Montgomery (my teachers' teacher as well). She began teaching right away, and soon gained a favorable reputation for herself and her dancers. Mä'iki and her dancers had regular jobs in many of the finer venues in Waikïkï. She developed a reputation for producing a well-disciplined, classy performance. Mr. Kahauanu Lake had his trio well established and was also sought after for the better nightspots in Waikïkï. His trio was the headliner at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for many years. The two groups worked together on many occasions, and Mr. Lake fell in love with the pretty young Kumu Hula with the long dark braids of hair swinging down her back. He decided to declare his love by writing a special song for her. When his thoughts were put to paper, he took his love song to cultural expert Mary Kawena Pukui for translation into Hawaiian. But he did not tell anyone for whom the song was written. When it was complete, he asked Mä'iki if she would create a hula to this new song he had written and she readily agreed to do so. Only after the performance of the number did she find out that it was written for her.
Essentially it's a love song about one of the best hula dancers and one of the best musicians/Ukelele players-who had incredible, rhythm, synergy with one another. I love that she didn't even know the song was about her when she was choreographing a Hula for the song.
I'm not sure if it was my ego expanding or if it was because I had spent hours listening to the song and the love story.
Mostly though, I was trying to move with my hula sisters and they were just going so fast-it didn't feel right to me. All of a sudden I've got a hula ego. Haha. They were gracious about it. Thank goodness.
Recently, I had a conversation with my hula teacher. I don't know if I've mentioned this before but I think she's just amazing. Personally I like it a lot when she corrects me. She expressed if I was ever going through a hard time and needed her to back off temporarily if anything is happening in my life that creates something in me that I can't handle being corrected -to let her know.
And then to let her know again when I can handle it.
Jokingly I said "We will never make it to Merry Monarch if you let me off the hook"
She laughed. I like that she gets my jokes. Not everyone gets my sense of humor.
In Friday's class one of the students corrected her. She said "your right. Thank you so much" She was genuinely grateful. In our conversation I expressed she is an excellent role model because I believe one of the signs of leadership is having the humility within to be able to say thank you when a mistake is made.
She said everyone makes mistakes and she shared with me her process of getting her Ph.D was a process of continuous mistake making and needing to be corrected. She expressed you can't obtain a Ph.D without the willingness to be corrected along the way.
See, this is one of the things I dig about her because -not all educated people have the humility you would think an educated person would have. However that also takes emotional intelligence and more.
In this case it's pretty cut and dry. There is written choreography and one move sets you up for the next move. It isn't subjective. You're moving left, right, back, forward or around and if you're moving around you're still moving left or right or back or forward.
I've noticed in my own self correction process, it's when I don't complete a kaholo (That's the move you see Hula dancers doing to the right and left most often and in between all other things) There are side koholo's and circle kaholo's etc. It's very easy to drop off the forth count when you are turning and things of that nature. I have learned when I get stuck transitioning from one move to the next, that's what is happening. I didn't complete the last step....
This weekend I saw three movies :)
How we handle, reject, avoid, confront, deal, address, hold onto, let go of...all of it...
I liked this movie. After, I saw it didn't get the best reviews in some places however, you know...unless you've lost a child, I really think you don't know what the hell you are talking about. I feel that way with most things. Experience something in your life...even then...everyone is different.
― Ram Dass
Anyway, I loved her relationship with her grandmother and how her grandmother held the history of the people. How the whole village thought she was crazy and how she didn't care. How much fun her grandmother had being perceived as the crazy old lady-meanwhile, the whole time-her grandmother was right. Moana herself reminds me a lot of my friend Michelle. Sweet movie..
Speaking of Michelle :)
She's created this "togetherness" plan with her family. Once a month she is the event organizer and everyone does whatever fun thing she comes up with. This month I was invited to join in the family fun.....Movie night
Beauty and the Beast
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
Then I knew! Orgasmic meditation-the practice. We had that conversation. I was having it with her then she called her fiancé over and asked me to explain it to him too. On and on I went regarding the elements of connection, empathy and communication. We all connected and I went on my way...
I did not know she and her fiancé are here because they have been disconnected lately. They are here to restore their connection. She told me, when I walked away-they began to have a deep conversation, went on-line- he studied what OM was and they agreed to try it.
I'm like "Wow! That was super fast!"
She laughed and said it was just what they needed as she began to also share areas where she couldn't turn her brain off and areas where she was blocked in physical intimacy. She said her fiancé woke up that morning looking for me at the coffee house because he wanted to thank me. She jokingly told him she felt he had found me and put me up to it. I had to remind her that she called him over for me to share it with him too. It was cute
I didn't even do anything other than just have a conversation! Their happiness became my happiness and I love when that happens!
You just never know what's going to happen. Truly.
I have to say, I love that they went with: Connection rather than spending even more time working on what went wrong. What's wrong, what's wrong, what's wrong..OY! That's...what's wrong...too much energy and focus on....what's wrong!
That was a lovely Soul Sunday Morning Surprise that lifted me all day!
New Morning Ritual!
I go down, meditate for 20 minutes, swim for 30 minutes, lay on the sarong and breath for 5 minutes (maybe 10) and I head home. On the way home I put my Sarong across my back like a superhero cape and by the time I get home-it's dry! It's one hour of my day. Perfect.
Me swimming..isn't really me doing massive amounts of swimming. It's more like...yoga moves I wouldn't be able to do otherwise, and I love to doggie paddle because it makes me happy. I don't know why but it cracks me up every time I'm doing it. When I return home, I make myself a wonderful smoothie with yogurt, berries, and something green.
So this is my new add on....so far...so good