“During the Waimea Ocean Film Festival, numerous speakers and movies reminded us of the central importance of Lokahi, wholeness, which is an essential theme in Hawaiian wisdom teachings. In practice, one envisions oneself living within the “Lokahi Triangle,” whose three points of reference, or reverence, represent nature, spirit, and humanity. As a navigation aid for charting one’s course through life, one is encouraged to be mindful and to pause often to reflect: ‘What is the quality of my relationship to nature, to spirit, and to my human community? Am I living in right relations – or in what the Hawaiians call a “pono” way? If I am not pono in these vital relationships, then how might I best restore harmony and balance and return to a pono state of right relations with nature, spirit, and the members of my family or community?’
Such wisdom teachings invite us all to imagine what the quality of our lives, communities, relationships, health, ecosystem management, and society could become if more of us were truly dedicated to living in a pono way within the ‘Lokahi Triangle.’
The universality of this wisdom is helpful for anyone in any culture seeking to go beyond mere sustainability, in order to thrive and become more resilient in the face of change. These ways of living, working, and planning are a most compelling beacon of moral imagination. As John Muir reminds us: ‘When we try to pick anything out by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.’ Taking this wisdom to heart, whenever we align and attune ourselves in harmony and right relations with spirit, nature, and humanity, it sets up a resonance in the web of life that affirms this innate potential within all beings.”
– Michelle and Joel Levey, Huffington Post blog http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-michelle-levey/nature-spirit-and-wellnes_b_2363999.html
Some of the films that moved us most deeply, that we highly recommend you seek out, and share widely include:
– on the life of Jane Goodall – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janes-Journey/262363871195
Hot Water – on impacts of mining and nuclear tests of health and water in the US, Fukushima leaks, on the drinking water and oceans of the world, and the lives and health of people, regions, and nations – http://www.zerohotwater.com
Gasland 2 – a profound look at the impacts on health, community, and environment of fracking –
More Than Honey – a beautiful, moving view of the vital role of bees in the lives of humans and health of the world, and the forces at play that are destroying them.
The Last Ocean – a moving documentary on the Ross Sea in Antarctica, one of the world most pristine natural environments, and the forces at place to preserve or destroy the sensitive balance there. – http://www.thelastoceanfilm.com
Some common themes across all of these movies include – the preciousness, beauty, and fragility of our natural world; the care and courageous stewardship of natural systems, environments, and living beings that arises when we feel deeply related to them; the profound suffering that comes when our minds are clouded by delusion, ignorance, greed, deluded, or arrogance regarding aspects of nature as commodities to be mined, owned, dominated, or a source of profit or wealth. The universal remedy that seems most clear is to raise our personal and collective consciousness, in order to experience a greater sense of wholeness within ourselves and intimacy with our natural world, and to awaken the compassion, courage, and commitment necessary to deeply care for, wisely steward and protect the health and integrity of our natural world.
Summary of Public Teachings and Gatherings
with Joel & Michelle Levey
Join us for…
“Winter Renewal on the Big Island of Hawaii”
Work Remotely – or – Just Relax and Renew Yourself
Immersed in the Beauty and Warmth of AlohaLand
February 9-17, 2014
In the spirit of globally emerging shared, coworking ecosystems like The HUB network,
we are declaring a Green Island Hawaii Hub and are welcoming six to twelve people who hear the call to come for a week of renewal and relaxation – or – to bring their work, live simply and immersed in beauty and nature for a week, enjoy the inspiring company of kindred souls on the adventure of a lifetime, and make meaningful progress on projects that call for your focused attention and deep, soulful listening. Our Green Island Hub Hawaii offers an awesomely beautiful natural space for creative, people who want to renew themselves – or – to source the inspiration and guidance they need make progress on a creative project, find clear direction in their lives or work, do their work close to nature, and be in the company of other creative spirits.
U.K teachings w/Leveys – TBD – May-June, 2014
Italy w/Leveys – June 17-22, 2014 – Early Bird Registration Discount!
Enhancing Care Through Mindful Awareness, Compassion, and Healing Presence:
A Special Workshop near Assisi, Italy for Physicians
and Health Care Professionals
Approved for 24 CME credits* –
and – 24
Plus – special discounts for registrations before January 15
Summer Retreat with Joel & Michelle:
Meditation, Nature, and Community
Indralaya, Orcas Island, WA, USA