October 2016

Kolekole Beach Park

Fasting

Perhaps it’s time to shift gears a bit and talk about my eating. I started a fast three days ago. The reasons for the fast are multifaceted and summarized well by True North Health Center: Reset the dietary pleasure trap, Drug addiction, Autoimmune disease, and Exhaustion. For an apparently health guy some of these may not make sense so I’ll explain. The Pleasure TrapFor the most part, I avoid processed foods and processed sugar. However, I’m not immune to the call of the cravings. “Overstimulation by artificially concentrated calories can confuse normal satiety signals resulting in persistent overeating.” Part of

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Ohana

In my last post I talked about Sangha. Interestingly, one of the things that attracts me to the island of Hawai’i is ‘ohana’, which is translated as ‘family’; in the Hawaiian sense, sangha and ohana are rather similar. …”Two of the most important and symbolic words in the Hawaiian vocabulary kalo and ohana, the words for taro and family can be used to describe the main focus of life in Waipio Valley. It is significant that the words are related in terms of language and legend. Kalo reproduces by means of underground sprouts, or oha, which are broken off the

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Sangha

“Are you interested in running the Pu’u Wa’awa’a Run for the Dry Forest 10k?” This was the question from my mate only days after finishing my third full distance Ironman in 3.5 months. My response? “If you’re doing it then I’m changing my travel plans and doing it with you!” Sangha is a Pali and Sanskrit word translated as “community”. Thich Nhat Hanh clarifies, however, that it’s more than a word, it’s a practice. “The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love.” The few people I consider a part of my sangha/community also hold close the

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