"kako'o" is my brand new impression and blog...
"some people find support in prayer, some find it in love, others find it in family, some find it in a fur baby, some find it in friendship, and others find it in community. i believe in a combination, for it's in variety that we can always discover our healthier self" ― bodhi, kako'o (support)
"lean on me, when you're not strong. and i'll be your friend, i'll help you carry on. for it won't be long, till i'm gonna need somebody to lean on" ― bill withers, lean on me
"if the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall, or the mountain should crumble to the sea. i won't cry, i won't cry. no, i won't shed a tear just as long as you stand, stand by me" ― ben e. king, stand by me
"truth, i guess truth is what you believe in. and faith, i think faith is having a reason. and i know, know love, if your wings are broken, borrow mine so yours can open too, 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. even if we're breaking down, we can find a way to break through" ― rachel platten, stand by you
"it's amazing how you don't realize just how alone and scared you were until you have someone by your side to support you" ― colleen hoover, confess
"difficult and easy support each other. long and short define each other. high and low depend on each other. before and after follow each other. therefore the wise one acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything" ― lao tzu, tao te ching
"when we wake up each day choosing to live a life of support, we are throwing aside all other jealousies, confusions, ideas and mushy-brain-garbage that doesn’t really matter, and just genuinely caring for other people" ― tori kelner, wedding photographer
there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church
where i kneel.
prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.
is there not a region of love where the sovereignty is
where ecstasy gets poured into itself
where the wing is fully alive
but has no mind or
there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque,
that dissolve, that
god" ― rabia al basri, in my soul
"support is a two way street, giving and receiving are both equally important...being there for someone when they need us, as well as having someone in our corner when we need them..." ― bodhi, kako'o (support)
this song, it's the perfect accompaniment to connect music with the meaning of "support" in my impression and blog today, as its about that loving support we need for the special someone in our lives...i really love this updated cover version by a favorite beautiful voice, florence welsh, and her indie alternative band from britain released in 2016... "stand by me" by florence + the machine (ben e. king cover) ... (just click on any of the words in the powder blue links to listen to the tune and watch the video) ...
and for those who would like to hear the original version from 1961, it's such a beautiful and amazing version too by the late great legendary ben e. king: "stand by me" by ben e. king (original) ...
"when the night has come, and the land is dark, and the moon is the only light we'll see. no, i won't be afraid, oh, i won't be afraid just as long as you stand, stand by me. so darling, darling stand by me. oh, stand by me. oh, stand now, stand by me, stand by me...if the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall, or the mountain should crumble to the sea. i won't cry, i won't cry. no, i won't shed a tear just as long as you stand, stand by me. and darling, darling stand by me. oh, stand by me, oh, stand now. stand by me, stand by me. and darling, darling stand by me...whenever you're in trouble, won't you stand by me? oh, stand by me. oh, stand now, stand by me. and darling, darling stand by me. oh, stand by me. oh, stand now, stand by me" ― florence + the machine, stand by me (ben e. king cover)
"i'm definitely better together with her...sometimes she is all the support i need. just by looking into her eyes and seeing love reflecting back onto me, i feel all the added strength and support i need to get through any struggle or difficult time" ― bodhi, kako'o (support)
first off, i want to start by giving thanks. i'm so deeply grateful for this planet and the support it give back to me. i'm truly thankful to be blessed to be alive and get to see, experience, and photograph all of the beauty that this world has to offer. but i'm more deeply thankful and grateful for everyone's support of this photography of mine, for without you, there would be less meaning in my works, i give my mahalo to all of you, thank you and namaste!!
"kako'o" (pronounced "ka-ah-koh-oh" (i love this pronunciation!) is a hawaiian word and translates to mean: "support"
and the word "support" is defined by merriam-webster:
1. bear all or part of the weight of; hold up; serve as a foundation
2. give assistance, approval, comfort, or encouragement to another
this beautiful pier is being help up and supported by the columns underneath it...without their foundation, the pier would succumb to the wear and tear of the ocean much more rapidly...the columns are also beautiful in their own way, and gain meaning by supporting the pier and allowing the pier to take form and function. a circle of trust between the two is created, as they need each other to be able to get farther in life than they could do alone...this is another beautiful metaphor for life, a lesson we all can learn...
"lift up and support another in love, and you will lift up yourself in love as well" ― bodhi, kako'o
some people find support in prayer, some find it in love, others find it in family, some find it in a fur baby, some find it in friendship, and others find it in community. i believe in a combination, for it's in variety that we can always discover our healthier self
"support feels like it has to be a tangible act, like physically doing something for someone else, but support starts from within. it starts at your core on an emotional level where you decide every single day that you are here to lift others up. it starts with awareness by finding it in your heart to consciously change how you think of others. support isn’t something that just happens" ― tori kelner, wedding photographer
giving your support can come through numbers of forms too. you can actively help some one out, you can physically help someone out, you can help someone our financially, you can support someone's cause, you can support someone's artwork or performance, or you can just be there for someone, listen to them, hold space for them in silence, and let them know you love them, offering genuine encouragement, reassurance, and compassion...
support is a two way street, giving and receiving are both equally important...being there for someone when they need us, as well as having someone in our corner when we need them...
we are always able to go farther in our lives with support, going it all alone is tough and sometime impossible. we need to offer our support to others, it's a great feeling being able to be there for another person when they need it... as well as be gracious when receiving support, no matter how stubborn you are, or if you think you can handle everything perfectly by yourself without anyone's help, you'll only find loneliness and frustration...
in giving and in receiving support from others, we must drop our ego, which is such a grand thing to do...because unfortunately, holding on to ego will get you nowhere but into a place where you are eventually all alone with only your ego...
in accepting support from others, we gain a source of strength and a sense of community. we gain someone who can share our burdens with us, and take some of the weight and stress off our shoulders...and we learn more deeply about the importance of gratitude, humility, and love...
in giving our support to another, we gain a source of understanding and empathy, a beautiful sense of unselfishness, goodwill, and sharing. we learn to listen better and we become more proactive and aware of someone else's needs. altruism gains real meaning, and we become more real and godly by helping out and genuinely caring for another's well being...
giving and receiving support is truly a blessing in our lives never to be overlooked...
"i'm truly blessed and seriously thankful every day to have my good friends, my parents, my doggie, my students, mother nature, and my girlfriend as a loving support network. without them, my life would have little meaning or purpose" ― bodhi, kako'o
this next song is the perfect song to accompany my image and blog today, for it carries the exact meaning i wish for this impression to convey, the meaning that support is a two way street...this timeless song is beautiful and impeccable in its message of support for a brotherhood of humankind...it's literally one of my favorite songs of all time, both the original from fifty years ago in 1972 and this cover version from my high school days in 1986 ..."lean on me" by club nuevo (bill withers cover) ...
and for those who would like to hear the original version, such a timeless version too by the late great bill withers (who passed away two years ago in the spring of 2020): "lean on me" by bill withers (original) ...
"sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow. but if we are wise, we know that there's always tomorrow. lean on me, when you're not strong. and i'll be your friend, i'll help you carry on. for it won't be long, till i'm gonna need somebody to lean on...please swallow your pride if i have things you need to borrow. for no one can fill those of your needs that you don't let show. lean on me, when you're not strong. and i'll be your friend, i'll help you carry on. for it won't be long, till i'm gonna need somebody to lean on...if there is a load you have to bear that you can't carry. i'm right up the road, i'll share your load, if you just call me. so just call on me brother, when you need a hand, we all need somebody to lean on. i just might have a problem that you'd understand, we all need somebody to lean on...lean on me, when you're not strong. and i'll be your friend, i'll help you carry on. for it won't be long, till i'm gonna need somebody to lean on" ― club nuevo, lean on me (bill withers cover)
"a huge support network for me is mother nature...when i need to feel better or loved, or just connected to the universe, i go outside into the wilderness and find a tree, a waterfall, a beach, a mountain, or i just simply stand under the stars and thank god i'm alive" ― bodhi, kako'o
STORY BEHIND THIS IMPRESSION
"the mana, the spiritual energy of power and strength, of our ancestors gives us life and direction, so for those who came before us, we give our mahalo...wai ola, the living water sustains the life of all who live on mother earth, for without precious water there would be no life, so for wai ola we are eternally grateful and give our mahalo. the ‘aina, our priceless earth and soil which sustains the children of the land (keiki o ka ‘aina) and our future, we give our mahalo, for without it's form and shape we could not hold the wai that gives us life and without it's warmth and mana we could not grow the mea'ai (food) which feeds and supports our bodies upon papa, our earth mother. it's for all these things we give our mahalo...and for all the blessings of love we have, we give our mahalo!" ― hawaiian saying (modified by bodhinku)
this image was captured on the north shore of the hawaiian island of kauai facing out to sea while kneeling underneath the handalei pier in hanalei bay at sunset uring my recent trip there on april 12, 2022...
sunset of the hanalei pier is almost always beautiful and the picture really captures itself from the right perspective...i seldom release images of places that have been shot by millions of photographers through the years, but this is a different scene, a super long exposure of over five minutes long (333 seconds in all) creating the magical dreamy effect of the water and such rich and boldly beautiful colors, of a quality which most people have never viewed from this location...it's something unique and in my own unwavering long exposure style...hope you love this picture as much as i loved being there in kauai capturing the composition...
SOME IMPORTANT HAWAIIAN WORDS
"aloha" means love, affection, peace, compassion"
"aloha nui loa" means "with all my love"
"aloha ke akua" means "breath of life" or "love of god"
"aloha kuleana" means "love responsibly"
"mahalo" is a hawaiian word and translates to mean: "i'm grateful; thank you"
"mahalo nui loa" is the hawaiian phrase meaning "i'm very much grateful"
"mahalo ke akua" is the hawaiian phrase meaning "thanks be to the great spirit"
"a'hui hou" means "until we meet again"
HISTORY OF THE HANALEI PIER
"she said aloha to me, i said aloha to her, it was the beginning of this world. we loved and lived and loved some more, until we had to say aloha to each other and part for a while" ― bodhi, aloha
hanalei pier is a pier built into hanalei bay on the northern shore of the island of kauai in the state of hawaii.
the wetlands of hanalei bay were used to grow taro by ancient hawaiians. by the 1860s, the shrinking population of native hawaiians was being replaced by ethnic chinese people when their contracts expired on sugarcane plantations in hawaii, such as the one directly to the north in princeville close to hanalei. the new crop was rice, which was shipped to honolulu to become the second largest export crop of the islands. after the annexation of hawaii to the u.s. in 1898, hawaiian rice could not compete with rice grown in california and shipments declined.
the pier was originally built of wood in 1892. it was erected to support the shipping of agricultural goods, particualrly rice. in the early 1900's, work began to extend the pier, and it was eventually lengthened to 340 feet (100 m) in 1912. in 1921, the legislature authorized $25,000usd for a new concrete deck, as the wooden deck was too difficult to maintain in the tropical climate. conney and morris were selected as contractors, and finished the construction of the new deck by the end of 1922. by 1933 the pier was no longer used for shipping because hawaiian rice was no longer lucrative to grow on kauai. the shed roof was finally constructed at the far end of the pier in the 1940s.
the pier was heavily damaged in 1992 as a result of hurricane iniki. in 2012–13, the canopy at the end of the pier was restored. the hanalei rotary club raised over $170,000 to restore the neglected canopy in a program coined "save the pier."
although originally owned by the state, the land at the base of the pier is a kauai county park known as black pot beach. it is located at the end of weke road north of hi route 560. adjacent to the north is the mouth of the hanalei river, where a public boat landing provides recreational and commercial access
since it was abandoned for shipping in 1933, the hanalei pier's scenic location on hanalei bay is now a favorite family gathering place for fishing, picnicking, swimming, paddle-boarding, boating, and playing. it offers stunning views of the bay, its 2-mile long crescent beach, and the mountains behind hanalei town. if you can't resist jumping in, a ladder bolted to the side will help you climb back up.
the hanalei pier was also the main filming area for the 1954 film beachhead and the well known and beloved 1957 romantic musical by rodgers and hammerstein, south pacific. the pier was added to the national register of historic places on september 13, 1979, as site 79000757...
"we said aloha, we touched our foreheads together and breathed each other in. we hugged and kissed--and kissed and hugged. we danced and danced, then danced some more. so happy with aloha in our hearts, renewing everything blessed since time first began. now i carry her in my arms, as well as in my heart, aloha my love!" ― bodhi, aloha
MORE QUOTES FOR EXTRA MEANING
here is another beautifully poignant song with beautiful apropos lyrics to give listen, this eloquent song from 2015 is both uplifting and inspiring...let's you know you're never alone when you love another deeply and support them with all your heart, you lift them up and lighten their burdens in any way you can with your faith and love in them: "stand by you" by rachel platten ... (just click on any of words in the powder blue links to listen to the song)...
"even if we can't find heaven, heaven, heaven, heaven. hands, put your empty hands in mine. and scars show me all the scars you hide. and hey, if your wings are broken, please take mine 'til yours can open too, 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. oh, tears make kaleidoscopes in your eyes. and hurt, i know you're hurting but so am i. and love, if your wings are broken, borrow mine so yours can open too, 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. even if we're breaking down, we can find a way to break through. even if we can't find heaven, i'll walk through hell with you. love, you're not alone, 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. even if we can't find heaven, i'm gonna stand by you. even if we can't find heaven, i'll walk through hell with you. love, you're not alone, 'cause i'm gonna stand by you...yeah, you're all i never knew i needed. and the heart, sometimes it's unclear why it's beating. and love, if your wings are broken, we can brave through those emotions too, 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. and oh, truth i guess truth is what you believe in. and faith, i think faith is having a reason. and i know, know love, if your wings are broken, borrow mine so yours can open too, 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. even if we're breaking down, we can find a way to break through. even if we can't find heaven, i'll walk through hell with you. love, you're not alone, 'cause i'm gonna stand by you...even if we can't find heaven, i'm gonna stand by you. even if we can't find heaven, i'll walk through hell with you. love, you're not alone, 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. i'll be your eyes 'til yours can shine. and i'll be your arms, i'll be your steady satellite. and when you can't rise, well, i'll crawl with you on hands and knees 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. even if we're breaking down, we can find a way to break through, come on, even if we can't find heaven, i'll walk through hell with you. love, you're not alone 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. even if we can't find heaven, hey, i'm gonna stand by you. even if we can't find heaven, i'll walk through hell with you. love you're not alone 'cause i'm gonna stand by you. love you're not alone, oh, i'm gonna stand by you. even if we can't find heaven, heaven, heaven, heaven, i'm gonna stand by you" ― rachel platten, stand by you
"there are four nutriments for the support of those seeking enlightenment: physical food, as the first; touch as the second; thinking the third; and consciousness the fourth" ― gautama siddhartha buddha, sayings of buddha
"this is to be done by one who wants to break through to the state of peace: be capable, upright, & straightforward, easy to instruct, gentle, & not conceited, content & easy to support, with few duties, living lightly, with peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, & no greed for supporters. do not do the slightest thing that the wise would later censure" ― gautama siddhartha buddha, sayings of buddha
"the root of joy is gratefulness...it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful" ― confucius
"when one sees some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. when one sees some things as good, other things become bad...being and non-being create each other. difficult and easy support each other. long and short define each other. high and low depend on each other. before and after follow each other. therefore the wise one acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. things arise and one lets them come; things disappear and one lets them go. one has but doesn't possess, acts but doesn't expect. when one's work is done, one forgets it. that is why it lasts forever" ― lao tzu, tao te ching
"our lives are in constant flux, which generates many predicaments. but when these are faced with a calm and clear mind supported by spiritual practice, they can all be successfully resolved. when our minds are clouded by hatred, selfishness, jealousy, and anger, we lose not only control but also our judgment." ― dalai lama xiv, the art of happiness
"close friends are truly life's treasures. sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. with gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. their presence reminds us that we are never really alone" ― vincent van gogh
"i am counting all my blessings
i am rooted deeply within my truth
i stay grounded and easily adapt to any situation
i am nurtured and safe
i am divinely protected at all times and in all ways
i am flexible with the flow of life and adapt with effortless ease
i am present
i embody health and wellbeing
i allow my body and mind to evolve with the seasons and cycles of life
i am one with my body, my spirit, my heart and my mind
i nourish myself and am nourished by the universe
i am connected deeply to the earth and her medicine
i am able to withstand all storms
i am calm, centered and peaceful
i am able to release my fears and trust that i am always safe
i let go of all of anxiety
i remove my energetic roots from all that no longer serves me
i am worthy of feeling secure and safe
i am at peace with the world surrounding me
i invite wellbeing and balance into my sacred space
i know my home is my sanctuary
i am fully supported by the universe in all ways
everything that i desire is making its way to me
"the biggest treasure this life has to offer is a love that gives freedom, a love that gives you wings and supports you to fly as high as possible. man and woman made as one by love, inseparable, indistinguishable, are verily entitled to this prize" ― osho, the power of love
"i pull his mouth to mine and i kiss him. i kiss him for always having the perfect thing to say. i kiss him for always being there for me. i kiss him for supporting whatever decision i think i might need to make. i kiss him for being so patient with me while i figure everything out. i kiss him because i can’t think of anything better than climbing back inside that car with him and talking about everything we’ll do when we get to hawaii" ― colleen hoover, hopeless
"a man worth loving and supporting is one:
that never lies to you.
who is kind to people that have hurt him
who is a person that respects another’s life
that has manners and shows people respect
that goes out of his way to help people
that feels every person, no matter how difficult, deserves compassion
who believes you are the most beautiful person he has ever met
who brags about your accomplishments with pride
who talks to you about anything and everything because no bad news will make him love you less
that is a peacemaker
that will see you through illness
who keeps his promises
who doesn’t blame others, but finds the good in them
that raises you up and motivates you to reach for the stars
that doesn’t need fame, money or anything materialistic to be happy
that is gentle and patient with children
who won’t let you lie to yourself; he tells you what you need to hear, in order to help you grow
who lives what he says he believes in
who doesn’t hold a grudge or hold onto the past
who doesn’t ask his family members to deliberately hurt people that have hurt him
who will run with your dreams
that makes you laugh at the world and yourself
who forgives and is quick to apologize
who doesn’t betray you by having inappropriate conversations with other women
who doesn’t react when he is angry, decides when he is sad or keeps promises he doesn’t plan to keep
who takes his children’s spiritual life very seriously and teaches by example
who never seeks revenge or would ever put another person down
who communicates to solve problems
who doesn’t play games or passive aggressively ignores people to hurt them
who is real and doesn’t pretend to be something he is not
who has the power to free you from yourself through his positive outlook
who has a deep respect for women and treats them like a daughter of God
who doesn’t have an ego or believes he is better than anyone
who is labeled constantly by people as the nicest person they have ever met
who works hard to provide for the family
who doesn’t feel the need to drink alcohol to have a good time, smoke or do drugs
who doesn't have to hang out a bar with his friends, but would rather spend his time with his family
who is morally free from sin
who sees your potential to be great
who doesn't think a woman's place has to be in the home; he supports your life mission, where ever that takes you
who is a gentleman
who is honest and lives with integrity
who never discusses your private business with anyone
who will protect his family
who forgives, forgets, repairs and restores...
when you find a man that possesses these traits, then all the little things you don’t have in common don’t matter. this is the type of man worth being grateful for" ― shannon l. alder
"compassion, understandings and respects are the key elements of humanity. to grow means, to embrace all...there is no space for hatred, exclusion and discrimination. to grow means more respect, more collaboration, more humanity, more integration and more support" ― amit ray, walking the path of compassion
"when we look at each other we must say, i understand. i understand how you feel because i have been there myself. we must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike" ― maya angelou
"create an environment that is conducive to your emotional and personal growth. surround yourself with caring and positive people who support you, and reflect who you want to be" ― steve maraboli, unapologetically you
"the people who believed in me, inspired me. the people who supported me, strengthened me. the people who attacked me, kept me on my toes. the people who knocked me down, kept me humble. the people who gossiped about me, revealed my power over them. the people who loved me, breathed hope into my heart. the people who bet against me, were wrong...i’m grateful beyond words for all of those people. as the days of this precious life continue onward…if you love me, it only gets better. if you hate me, it only gets worse. i’ll continue to be me… a work in progress… unapologetically" ― steve maraboli, unapologetically you
"this magical universe is so faithful in waiting for us to get out of our own way. no matter how long you have gone astray, when you take action, the universe moves to support the act. move in the direction of your goals and watch the magic flow" ― steve maraboli, unapologetically you
"i love loving you. i love our silliness. i love our passion. i love our friendship. i love how you and i support each other while also nourishing the "us" ― steve maraboli, unapologetically you
"distance yourself from negative people who try to lower your motivation and decrease your ambition. create space for positive people to come into your life. surround yourself with these positive ones, the people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you" ― roy t. bennett, the light in the heart
"what seem our worst prayers may really be, in god's eyes, our best. those, i mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. for these may come from a deeper level than feeling. god sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard" ― c.s. lewis, letters of c. s. lewis
"life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around" ― stephen king
"if this might be the last time they saw you, they really saw you. everything else about their checkbook balance and radio songs and messy hair went out the window. you had their full attention. people listened instead of just waiting for their turn to speak. and when they spoke, they weren't just telling you a story. when the two of you talked, you were building something, and afterward you were both different than before" ― chuck palahniuk, fight club
"if we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams" ― yann martel, life of pi
"what is home? my favorite definition is: a safe place...a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. it's a place where people share and understand each other. its relationships are nurturing. the people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable" ― gladys hunt, honey for a child's heart
"because i love you, we share each other’s problems. when we fight, we fight together. i’m going to be by your side no matter what, whether you like it or not. that’s what love is. you never have to face anything alone again. i will support you in any way i can" ― jennifer l. armentrout, deity
"now, i don't believe in doing hugs halfway. i can't stand people who try to hug without touching. a hug should be a full embrace. as i wrap my arms around you, i am not just holding you, but also trying to lift off your troubles for a moment so that the only thing you can feel is my presence, my support" ― david levithan, boy meets boy
"without realizing it, we fill important places in each other’s lives. it’s that way with the guy at the corner grocery, the mechanic at the local garage, the family doctor, teachers, neighbors, coworkers. good people who are always "there," who can be relied upon in small, important ways. people who teach us, bless us, encourage us, support us, uplift us in the dailiness of life. we never tell them. i don’t know why, but we don’t...and, of course, we fill that role ourselves. there are those who depend in us, watch us, learn from us, take from us. and we never know. you may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think. there are always those who couldn’t do without you. the rub is that you don’t always know who" ― robert fulghum, all i really need to know
"the next time you want to withhold your help, or your love, or your support for another for whatever the reason, ask yourself a simple question: do the reasons you want to withhold it reflect more on them or on you? and which reasons do you want defining you forevermore?" ― dan pearce, single dad laughing
"encourage, lift and strengthen one another. for the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. for we are connected, one and all" ― deborah day
MORE BODHI QUOTES
and now here are a few more quotes from bodhi and bodhinku from past blogs to help add to the deeper meaning of this blog today...
"i was born into this body, and i said aloha to this world...but where was she? the memory of her mystery cried aloha in my veins, awakening inside me the memories of my soul through the millennia. her soul deep love cried aloha to me in dreams for 50 years. i called out to her with every fiber of my existence. only there she was, and yet wasn't. she existed, but i could only feel her in my heart and know with certainty that somewhere she was longing for me too..." ― bodhi, aloha
"as kindred souls,
we've said aloha
to each other infinitely,
over and over
of time and space...
rediscovering each other
endlessly in aloha,
living in love together
until we must let go
of one another
in aloha, always
knowing we'll manage
to find each other
again and be
together as one,
because aloha lives
in both of us
"our possibilities together are endless. the universe is conspiring to lead us to our bliss, and the path is ours! we can say hello and goodbye, aloha. but we are always there in the middle, between coming and going, no matter what forever, because i carry your heart, i carry it in my heart" ― bodhi, aloha
"i give my mahalo to aloha. because to share aloha is to share life, it's honoring and respecting all of creation in this connected love" ― bodhi, mahalo aloha
"every wave says aloha as it kisses the beach...and the beach says aloha to every wave as it returns to the sea" ― bodhi, hello-goodbye
"and i'm grateful to breathe, to be alive! i'm so grateful for this moment i'm in right now, and for the next i get to experience! i'm grateful for this planet i live upon, for the water, for the wind, for the ocean, for the stars, for the divine spirit! and most of all, i'm grateful for love and being surrounded by love, and being filled up with love...i'm so thankful for love in my life..." ― bodhi, mahalo
"for this breath, i give my mahalo.
for mother earth, i give my mahalo.
for the ocean, i give my mahalo.
for the rain, i give my mahalo
for the clouds, i give my mahalo
for the light shining through darkness, i give my mahalo
for the stars and the milky way, i give my mahalo
for the universe, i give my mahalo
for the divine spirit, i give my mahalo
for this moment, i give my mahalo
"and i deeply encourage you to write your thoughts daily...i truly believe that the more we express and record all things we're grateful for, the more magic, blessings, and miracles we see each day...mahalo ke akua!" ― bodhi, mahalo
"today we celebrate earth day, and it's a reminder of how i'm so deeply grateful for this planet. i'm truly thankful to be blessed to be alive and get to see, experience, and photograph all of the beauty that this world has to offer. thankful, grateful, mahalo" ― bodhi, mahalo to the earth
"sometimes when i make choices, i feel alone. so i reminded myself of the tender mercies this universe has given unto me on a daily basis: life, love, breath, sunrise, water, food, earth, sunset, sky, stars, sleep, dreams and i know i'm not alone...and i am thankful" ― bodhi, mahalo
"mahalo ke akua for life...these words help me find my path through difficulties. they help me to silence the needless noise in my mind. as i express gratitude for all that i have, even my challenges. my mind is enlightened, i'm content. i have more peace....it's about being grateful for all i have, not wishful for all that i don't..." ― bodhi, mahalo ke akua
"mahalo ke akua for the joy that i get to experience in this life. like the hawaiians, i have profound gratitude for the universe and all its creations, for love, for divinity, for mercy, for kindness, for gratitude. words of thanks and praise never will run out... " ― bodhi, mahalo ke akua
"remember these simple words, "mahalo ke akua"...be thankful for your life, for the people in your life, for your home, for your health, for love inside and out, for the creations on this earth." ― bodhi, mahalo
"i always want to say hello to her, but i never want to say goodbye. i always want to come, but i never want to leave. i want to stay in her arms in love as long as possible...i believe that's the true essence of aloha" ― bodhi, aloha
"aloha my love, my love is aloha, you are my love, you are my aloha!" ― bodhinku, aloha
"she is aloha. she is hello. she is here. she is goodbye. she is eternal. she is boundless. she is faithful. she is dreamy. she is beautiful. she is hope. she is love. she is the divine breath inside of me. she is my aloha" ― bodhi, aloha
"i say mahalo nui loa to kauai, and the island responds aloha nui loa a hui hou kakou to me" ― bodhi, mahalo
ABOUT THE IMPRESSION
"sometimes all someone needs is some one, and sometimes all you need is some time for that someone" ― bodhi, kako'o
this impression was captured in one single exposure taken just before the sunset while i was underneath the hanalei pier on the north shore of kauai, hawaii at 6:55pm hst on april 12, 2022 (f/5@22mm for 333 seconds, iso-64)
in my photography, i always use filters to create longer exposure effects, saturate colors naturally, and balance the light in my composition in-camera...i often use as many as four filters at time, and i always use at least one filter in my completed impressions...
first, 3.0nd (10-stop) progrey titan filter to bring the light in the image down 10 stops and permit for this extremely long 5 minutes and 33 second exposure which gives the blue waters the dreamy misty effect along with naturally saturating all the red, green, and especially the blue (rgb) colors in this image...
combined with the second filter, a 0.9 gnd progrey titan filter to help balance in-camera overall the image the way i envisioned it...in this case, to stop down the much brighter light in the sky, the bright sunset light in the upper right hand portion of the image, an extra three stops and help permit the finer details in the shadow areas of the image to come out better in the exposure (especially details in the underbelly of the pier and the concreate of the pier supports)...
"you were blessed with 84,600 seconds today, have you used one of them to say thank you?" ― bodhi, blessed
"if nothing else...if i open my eyes, if i hope, if i cry, if i think, if i sigh, if i giggle, if i dance, if i love, if i breathe, then i have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing" ― bodhi, if nothing else
"i do not want you to just be into my photography, instead, i'd much rather you take a journey into my pictures, and feel the impression i have created, feel it with all your senses" ― bodhi, into my photography
"contemplate without thinking. be certain only in your uncertainty, content to be completely incomplete. stop the rush. slow down time. breathe and notice. slow down everything. let it all be. shut off the noise. hush. relax. seize this higher moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colours of light whisper as they envelope you. see the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence. now discover your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. this is my world. awaken!" ― bodhi, my world
i leave you today wishing that bright joy
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count,
no matter what, always and forever,
for that is the only thing that truly matters...
and above all else,
i hope this message and impression find you well.
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