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Holistic Health ~ Mindful Meditation in Wellness Program ~ HoOponopono

Updated on January 11, 2017

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A friend of mine sent me a link to a word that was unfamiliar to me in an email and after reading a bit about it, that word has everything to do with holistic health, mindful meditation and a wellness program that each of us could incorporate into our daily lives at zero cost.

What was that word?

Ho'oponopono

Most everything that is transmitted via email from this particular friend is always interesting. She is one of the most cheerful and positive people that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and she is generous with helping others in any way that she can.

Perhaps this Ho'oponopono accounts for her goodness?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with that word, this hub will serve as an introduction.

Forgiveness and the Freedom of Letting go

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation


Applying this practice of Ho'oponopono into our lives has everything to do with forgiveness and reconciliation which not only enhances our spirituality but it would truly aid our emotional health as we navigate the turbulent waters of everyday life.

This word originated in Hawaii.

Apparently this Ho'oponopono has been practiced for many years in the islands and has spread to other places around the globe.

The Place of Refuge (Pu'uhonua o Honaunau) is a sacred place on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Prior to 1819 people who would have broken laws (kapus) and ordinarily have been put to death were forgiven their "sins" by resident priests if they could get to this special place without being caught ahead of time.

My husband and I were fortunate to have been able to see this location while on a full day tour of the Big Island many years ago. It is a tranquil place which also has a spiritual feeling much as most cemeteries do. Many of the past chiefs bones are interred in the temple on this site.

Learning about this Place of Refuge which enabled people to be forgiven their trespasses and resume their lives after reconciliation was interesting.

Another physical place that comes to mind are the confessional booths in many Catholic churches around the world.

People go there and recite their "sins" aloud to a priest who then listens and perhaps councils the person ending with some assigned prayers in order that the penitent receives absolution for those broken commandments.

The priest serves as the intermediary between the penitent and God. Ideally if the person asking for forgiveness is serious about it and is truly repentant hoping never again to make the same mistake, this can not only be a spiritual healing moment, but can affect physical health as well.

Being forgiven can be a freeing experience in more ways than one!

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Ho'oponopono

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Problem Solving Steps

Obviously Ho'oponopono goes a bit deeper and anyone wishing to become more educated can click on many links and study this further.

From what I learned in my research is that this practice can be condensed into four simple phrases which if said over and over again in one's mind or even aloud and truly meant has a natural health effect of shedding burdens that might be wearing a person down emotionally and physically.

As most of us know, our emotions can easily spill over into our bodies and become physical ailments as well.

What are those four simple phrases?

I'm Sorry

Please Forgive Me

Thank You

I Love You

According to Wikipedia, Ho'oponopono is literally applied in the court systems of Hawaii with respect to juvenile offenders of the law. Problem solving, dispute resolutions and family counseling all take place under the umbrella theory of using this practice of Ho'oponopono.

If past memories of slights, offenses or worse can be put in this light of true forgiveness and love, only good can come of it.

Carrying around the burden of anger and resentment weighs us down and impacts our interactions and dealings with others in ways small and large.

A sense of calm and peace and well being is a wonderful place within ourselves of which to aspire when approaching people and things outside of ourselves.

Most wellness programs that are the most efficient encompass not only the physical needs of a person but the psychological and spiritual needs as well for best results.

That old Biblical saying "Physician heal thyself" alludes to this aspect of dealing with our own defects before we worry about or address those in others.

There is another saying..."People who live in glass houses should not throw stones." Are any of us human beings perfect? What right do we have to criticize others?

Learning about this new word ( to me ) of Ho'oponopono opens up all sorts of soul searching.

Addressing problems of any sort with this mindful filter of Ho'oponopono firmly in place would certainly address the outcome in different ways!

Ho'oponopono Simplified

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Deep Meditation Experience

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Healing Meditation

Ho'oponopono seems to go hand in hand with not only relaxation but a form of healing meditation as well.

If we can truly forgive and love ourselves as well as others...and practice the Golden Rule which teaches us to treat others as we, ourselves, would like to be treated...this entire world would be a much better place in which to live.

It makes sense that we need some quiet time for this type of mindful meditation and incorporating the values of Ho'oponopono into our lives.

Meditation music has the effect of making it easy to relax. It is not filled with words and with or without accompanying beautiful pictures as are on some of the videos in this hub, it allows one's mind to find a more quiet space.

In that quiet space one can find peace.

When I was sitting by my mother's bedside in hospice one year ago last night and today, the day of her death, there was a television set in the room. My mother often went to sleep with television on and with that in mind, I was trying to find something that would be appropriate.

It is doubtful in those last moments that the outside world had much of an impact any longer as her life was slipping away.

However, when I found a channel that simply played what I would call meditation music, it offered me some comfort as I watched and kept a vigil with my mother.

Accompanying the very repetitive and soothing music were images of a night sky with twinkling stars when it was actually nighttime in reality. As the sky was lightening outside and daylight was approaching, on the television screen similar images appeared. A glorious sunrise filled the screen and turned night into day.

Given the occasion of quietly sitting by my mother's bedside, knowing what was about to transpire, that meditative music offered me solace in a way that nothing else could have at the time.

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Has this introduction to Ho'oponopono given you a sense of how this practice ties so many things together?


From developing attributes like goodness, morality and well-being to learning better how to relax and more fully develop one's spiritual side, to even better addressing problems in one's life...all of this and more can be learned by applying the lessons learned by incorporating Ho'oponopono into one's total being.


From a personal wellness program to holistic health and to more mindful meditation, hopefully each of us can gain something positive in our lives from this introduction to Ho'oponopono.


Thank you Louise for that interesting email!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Audrey,

      So glad you liked this. Your time spent on the Hawaiian Islands must have been wonderful. Those videos with the music and images certainly do encourage peace and tranquility. Appreciate the votes and shares.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Peggy - Thank you for this beautiful and much-needed hub. It has helped and inspired me tremendously. The videos are marvelous, bringing peace and tranquility to mind, body and spirit. I spent 8 years on the island of Kauai and time on the surrounding islands.

      Voted up++++ and sharing, pinning and more.

      Peace and harmony to you Peggy.

      Audrey

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      That is interesting that more Protestants are taking up the idea of confession. Of course the Lord's Prayer which all Christians use has a prayer for confession as a part of it. "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us..." It is also a lesson. We are asking to be forgiven in that prayer but we are being encouraged to also forgive others as we would wish to be forgiven. Powerful message there!

      Hope you have a wonderful new year ahead!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Colleen,

      So glad that this was not only informative but useful as well. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      This term of Ho'oponopono was one of which I was unfamiliar but like you said, once one realizes the meaning of it...it is all good. Holding grudges only hurts the one holding them. Learning how to forgive is truly healing and freeing. Glad you liked this and appreciate the good wishes for the new year and the votes and share. Wishing you a wonderful new year to come!

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy. Since you mention the christian practice of confession I thought I would add an observation. In the Catholic church it has become much less popular since Vatican II. On the other hand, I learned a some years ago that it has become more popular among Protestants. According to some Lutheran ministers I knew at the time, confessions could be to a lay person. That would not be true of Catholics. It also would not have any legal protection as confessing to a clergy person would.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Brilliant hub, pleasure to read. This has introduced me to something I knew nothing about. Nicely explained and great images.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I have believed for a long time that holding grudges only holds the holder of those grudges back. Holding a grudge is a burden and I believe it affects the person who holds it adversely far more than it affects the person it is about. I think forgiveness benefits the forgiver far more than the forgiven and that is a good reason to be generous with ones mercy and forgiveness. We all need it sometimes and giving it generously takes a tremendous load off ones shoulders and off one's heart.

      What a wonderful article this is! I hope everyone will read it and take it to heart. If there is to be perfection then a person should work within themselves to attain that goal before expecting it of others. A person will know when they have achieved perfection because they will no longer look for it in others.

      May the New Year bring good health, prosperity in all that truly matters, and peace and joy throughout the year!

      Voted up, BAUI, and sharing with followers!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi pstraubie48,

      Learning about HoOponopono was certainly interesting for me. Glad that you liked it as well. We can all learn something and improve our lives by incorporating these ideas and putting them into use. Thanks for your vote, the share and the wishes of angels. :))

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Peggy

      Thank you so much for sharing this. It offers much to enlarge our lives and our sense of well being and hence or connection to others. I am bookmarking this to read and reread. It clearly will have a place in my life.

      Voted up and shared :) Sending you many Angels this evening...:) ps

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed this hub about HoOponopono. I love the music and idea of the entire concept. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Peggy this is an amazing hub, and one I connect with easily.

      you always work so hard on your hubs and this shows but i have to say that this one is my favourite.

      Thank you so much for sharing and as well as the usual vote up a bookmark also as I am returning to this one later.

      Take care and I wish you a wonderful day Peggy.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi mindfulpractices,

      Glad to hear that this holistic health practice worked to help you face your major disappointment. Hopefully your days ahead will be brighter and the disappointments will fade into the background.

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      mindfulpractices 5 years ago

      I used this today when I faced a major disappointment. It helped greatly. Namaste!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mindfulpractices,

      Glad that you enjoyed this hub about HoOponopono. I had never heard of it until a friend introduced me to it. Thanks for your comment.

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      mindfulpractices 5 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful series on HoOponopono. It was very enlightening and fits well within Worldwide Holistic Days precepts.

      www.lupierro.wordpress.com Worldwide Holistic Day blog

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jami l. pereira,

      Oh yes, I still miss my mother. Thank you. So glad that my friend introduced this to me so that I could share this HoOponopono with you and others. The music is peaceful and soothing. Thanks for the votes and comment.

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      jami l. pereira 5 years ago

      Voted up ,awesome,beautiful and useful ,Im terribly sorry about your momma , im sure you miss her . great Hub .Thanks for sharing , i loved the youtube videos you shared in this hub , especially the music , thanks , i needed that! :)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello celeBritys4africA,

      Glad that you liked this hub about holistic health. Thanks for your comment.

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      An awesome hub. Very useful.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings kislany,

      Thanks for your comment on this hub about holistic health, mindful meditation and a wellness program. Joe Vitale is associated with all of these things. This is definitely just an introduction to Ho'oponopono as you said. It would take time and effort to fully incorporate it into one's daily life...but worth it in the end.

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      kislany 6 years ago from Cyprus

      I've heard about it a while ago when I was listening to one of Joe Vitale's CDs. It was new to me at the time as well, but ever since then, I always associate the two. Nice introduction hub on it, btw.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello clydelady2,

      That word...Ho'oponopono was a new one for me also. Forgiveness is a major part of what it espouses and like you said, it is actually for our benefit. Thanks for commenting on this holistic health and mindful meditation hub.

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      Nancy Ann 6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I had never heard of Ho'oponopono but I am a believer in forgiveness. Sometimes things are hard to forget but we need to learn how to forgive so we can move forward. Thank you for the great hub!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Agreed Billy. Good thing I am not a brain surgeon! Did a bit of surgery on some dead branches of shrubs this afternoon. That was a bit more relaxing. :-)

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy it is a must in sports and stressful vocations that require a clear mind such as trading, surgery or legal counsel. In reality all modern life is so stressful all could benefit from practicing mindfulness.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Billy,

      Any wellness program should include some mindful meditation. I think that those who are better in practicing holistic health already know and probably practice it. I need to spend more time doing just that! Thanks for the comment.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy I am a huge believer in the positive benefits of mindful meditation - a lot of work to get the discipline but well worth it - lots of great self help ads you have selected to get the process going - excellent research.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello 2besure,

      You are so right! I think in other cultures these things are intertwined a bit better than what we typically find in the U.S. As more people try focusing on maintaining health instead of only treating illness, perhaps mindful meditation and holistic health practices will become more mainstream. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      There is definitely a mind body connection. I don't know what modern medicine only chooses to treat the body. Great hub, Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello hjl1,

      Glad you liked this hub about holistic health and mindful meditation. It all fits in nicely with a personal wellness program. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mrs. J.B.,

      I know what you mean. Wrapping one's tongue around that word, Ho'oponopono, is not easy without some definite practice! Doing some mindful meditation related to holistic health is a good idea. Now...I just need to start doing it! :-) Thanks for your comment.

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      hjl1 6 years ago from Scottish Borders

      excellent article and highlights the wonderful benifits of mindful meditation.

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank You for such interesting information. I am not sure how to pronounce the word but to make it a part one one's daily life sounds wonderful

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Micky,

      I was hoping that you would find this hub about holistic health and mindful meditation, Micky. You undoubtedly get to do a lot of meditating when on your bike rides through the beautiful countryside. Your Golden Rule reminders should be part and parcel of any kind of a wellness program for all inhabitants of Mother Earth. The Golden Rule is something to strive for and hopefully attain someday! That is a steep road ahead looking at all the unrest in the world...but like your bike riding, sometimes people have to dismount and walk up that hill a step at a time.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Dear Peggy! I just said on the last hub that your greatest always seems to be your last. This one is just wonderful! The music, the words! God bless you dear Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi susannah42,

      Thanks for commenting on this hub about helping oneself with mindful meditation and how it relates to a personal wellness program including aspects of holistic health. The research was interesting. I really liked those videos! :-)

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      susannah42 6 years ago from Florida

      Good Information. You have done your research.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Celesta,

      In this busy world with so many distractions, having some quiet time is soothing and healing for the soul. That is wonderful that you have been incorporating this mindful meditation and type of holistic health into your daily routine for so many years. That is a smart thing to do.

      I need to get on that bandwagon! Thanks for the comment.

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      Celesta 6 years ago

      This is a nice hub. A few years ago I read about Ho'oponopono and decided to incorporated it in my daily meditation yoga exercise program. I have practiced meditation yoga daily while listening to meditation music since 1986.

      It is my quiet time to be alone in the privacy of my own home to relax, pray, forgive and let go.

      When we let go, we remove the blocks to our being free to forgive and Love completely.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Prasetio,

      As you point out, meditation can be done in our spare time. Given the value of mindful meditation, perhaps we should make time for the holistic health benefits every day and purposely work it in for our health and well being. Thank you for the kind comment and vote up.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Happyboomernurse,

      Your statement puts it perfectly! "When one is peaceful within one's core, it radiates to everyone around them." I enjoyed finding out about Ho'oponopono and how it relates to mindful meditation, holistic health and any kind of a wellness program, no matter what it might be called. Forgiveness is really a gift we give ourselves! Thanks for your insightful comment.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You have great information. I love something related with meditation. This is natural healing without side effect. We can do this in our spare time. I love all the video. You have done a great job. I liked it. I give my vote to you. Thanks for writing this, Peggy. You still my favorite writer. My pray always for you. Take care

      Blessing and hugs,

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      This is an awesome hub on forgiveness and Ho'oponopono.

      I loved the videos and the example you gave about the value of meditation during your mother's final hours. I'm sure she sensed your peaceful presence and love, even though she couldn't view the meditation channel you put on the TV. When one is peaceful within one's core, it radiates to everyone around them.

      Thanks for sharing these keys to holistic health.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Thanks for your comment. I know that I learned many things from researching and writing this hub about holistic health and mindful meditation also. Now...the work of implementing some of these things into daily life begins! :-)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello BigSerious,

      My mother's death was very peaceful. Thank you for your loving and caring comment. I still miss her terribly!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      That was awonderful experience reading yours hub. Very interesting. I learnedso much from it. Thank you.

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      Christen Roberts Comer 6 years ago from Harrisburg, PA

      Really lovely hub. I'm very sorry about your mother. The moment, however, sounds peaceful. Thank you for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Now to just put all of this holistic health and mindful meditation into practice...! I am going to try using more of this in my everyday life. Thanks for your comment on this wellness program technique called Ho'oponopono.

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Peggy,

      This is a great hub. Meditation is very powerful. You have given a wealth of information, resources and videos on the healing of forgiveness. The soft music is very relaxing and comforting. Another wonderful and inspiring hubpage on Holistic Health-Mindful Meditation.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello dahoglund,

      It is actually dipping below freezing last night and tonight as well here in Houston. Have all the old sheets out covering more tender vegetation. Undoubtedly you are talking about MUCH colder temperatures in Wisconsin Rapids. Once it gets below a certain point...cold is cold no matter where one lives! Stay warm and comfortable up there!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Louise,

      You are probably the only person I personally know that knew about Ho'oponopono. Undoubtedly this accounts for your positive outlook on life!

      Thanks for introducing me to it via your email. Now others can learn about it as well. The name alone made me curious! Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Pamela,

      I can fully understand where the letting go of past memories can help us with our futures and this type of holistic health and meditation techniques ( Ho'oponopono ) can help in that effort. Nice to hear that it helped you and that you felt better after that type of therapy even if it was called by some other name. Have you written about what your son does here on Hubpages? Sounds like it would be interesting! Thanks for the vote and comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      We have got quite a bit of snow but not as bad as elsewhere. we were in Minneapolis last week and I think they got about twice as much. It is cold though.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello dahoglund,

      Unlike you, I have never spent much time with this but reading about it I can certainly understand the value of mindful meditation and how it can be a holistic health approach to anyone's personal wellness program. I am going to attempt practicing some of this. It certainly can't hurt anything! It makes good sense that change has to come from within so that we can deal better with personal relationships and the outside world. Thanks for the speedy comment. You are probably snowed in up there in Wisconsin?

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      Louise Dewey 6 years ago

      My dearest Peggy, you have done an excellent Blog on the healing modality that I love the most - Ho'oponopono!

      Thank you for taking the time to do this and help educate more people to how to help themselves.

      Love you!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Peggy, I had never heard of this before but it is so interesting to me. My son is a Christian counselor and he is not a traditional counselor like we often think of but the process he uses is almost identical to Ho'oponopono. He worked with me on a few experiences from years ago that were still painful to me and it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders when we finished the process. It is so interesting that they use it in the court also. This is a very interesting hub. The music was awesome. Voted/rated beautiful.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I once did a good deal of reading in things like Yoga, meditation, hypnosis, book called Pscho-cybernetics and such. I found the all seemed to have some common elements,most of which I am not good at. Relaxation and concentration were foremost. In some cases like hypnosis and self hypnosis the ability to just "let go." It appears that these qualities also apply here.