Life in Hawai'i: A Positive Sensory Overload

Life in Hawai'i: A Positive Sensory Overload

What is it about Hawaii that attracts visitors by the thousands and keeps them coming back year after year? Besides the obvious miles of endless beaches, warm tropical climate and crashing waves of the Pacific... Could it be as simple as a feeling they get from being here?

I believe there is an extra-sensory power here that is more than meets the eye. On an average day in Hawaii, your body is receiving a number of therapies, many of which may not even be aware of.

There are enumerative health benefits in Hawaii–things that are a part of the everyday nature and culture–which have soothing effects on the nervous system. For instance, color is everywhere in Hawaii, from the sunsets of gold, pink, orange and purple, to the abundantly plentiful flowers lining most every street; from the light and dark blue hues of the ocean to the browns, reds and greens of land. Studies have shown color to affect our mood and over-all sense of well-being. Practitioners of color-therapy (which dates back to the ancient Egyptians) use the colors of our environment to help patients suffering from illnesses that range from depression and anxiety to obesity and ulcers.

Also, have you ever noticed how a quick dip the ocean can give one an instant attitude adjustment? It's not just a change in temperature. It's proven that negative ions (particles of charged oxygen given off by crumbling waves) have positive effects on humans. They are also produced by waterfalls, forests and rain; all things we have a-plenty.

“Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy," says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C. “They also may protect against germs in the air, resulting in decreased irritation due to inhaling various particles that make you sneeze, cough, or have a throat irritation."

In my opinion, native Hawaiian music also has an almost immediate relaxing effect. Music is also a powerful healing tool as it is used to promote healing and relaxation in massage, reiki and meditation worldwide. Whether you are at the beach park , a restaurant, or one of the outdoor malls throughout Hawaii you're sure to hear soothing tunes.

The abundant fish we consume with regularity is filled with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, while the powerfully healing sun rays help with the natural, sweet aromatherapy from plumeria trees and other scented flora. There are almost too many healing modalities to count that are nothing more than the gifts of Hawaii. We get to enjoy these gifts everyday whether we intend to or not. Just imagine how we can increase this everyday healing of our land if we set our intentions on its healing power every time we take a deep breath or a dip in the ocean?

Enjoy this saying: Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua (“Unfolded by the water are the faces of the flowers”).

On an average day in Hawaii, your body is receiving a number of therapies, many of which may not even be aware of.