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Holistic Health - Mindful Meditation in Wellness Program Called HoOponopono

Updated on January 1, 2018
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I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

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A friend of mine sent me a link to a word that was unfamiliar to me in an email. 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?


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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 the meaning of that word this post will serve as an introduction.

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 chief's 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.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness: 101 Stories about How to Let Go and Change Your Life
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness: 101 Stories about How to Let Go and Change Your Life
Learn how others have achieved this to get many ideas of how you too can accomplish this.

Another physical place that comes to mind when thinking of forgiveness and reconciliation 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!

The Supernatural Power of Forgiveness: Discover How To Escape Your Prison Of Pain And Unlock A Life Of Freedom
The Supernatural Power of Forgiveness: Discover How To Escape Your Prison Of Pain And Unlock A Life Of Freedom
This can literally be life changing for those who can truly forgive others and move on with their lives.
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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. These phrases 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

Ho'oponopono Simplified

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.

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Personal photo of our schefflera leaves | Source

Wellness Programs

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 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.

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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 post 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 the night before and 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.

Beautiful Images Matched with Relaxing Music

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.

Easter Lily Blossom
Easter Lily Blossom | Source

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.


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!

Musical medicine by Paul Collier. No 1 Serotonin Activator...

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