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Home Sweet Home

During my meditation, I saw the image of myself kissing the ground at my house. Then, I heard the words, 'Home Sweet Home'. I understand this message to mean that I am incredibly grateful to be home again after being away for eleven days.

It's amazing how a change of scenery for a few days can help us to appreciate what we have. Often, we can get into a mindset of being dissatisfied with our life situation (which in itself isn't a bad thing because it is a good start to releasing what no longer serves us). But, all we have to do to change that negative way of thinking is to take a small trip and change our environment for a while. In no time, we're back to gratitude and appreciation for what we have in our life.

I just returned from an 11-day trip to Hana, Maui. It's just a short 35-minute flight from my home on the Big Island to Maui, but the drive to Hana is long, stressful, and hard on my well-being. I stayed in Hana for 10 nights as I attended several Reiki seminars, so I had a chance to get to know the place a bit.

Hana is unique in that it's a tiny village at the end of a treacherous 2-hour drive along the coast, but hundreds of tourists make the trek there every day. Aside from a couple of nice beaches, there's only one restaurant, two tiny general stores, one gas station, a couple of inns, and no cell phone reception. I felt really cut off from the world there. The drive from Kahului to Hana is so sickening (motion sickness) for me that any thought of going into the city on my day off was cancelled.

When I got home last night, there were tears of gratitude in my eyes. If I thought our town of Pahoa was small before, my opinion has definitely changed. It's true that I love living in the peace and solitude of our little neighborhood in Leilani Estates, but what a luxury it is to be able to drive to Pahoa and shop at our two supermarkets, large drug store, many small shops, and have a choice of places to eat. Not only that, but a 35-minute drive along a normal and safe highway takes me to Hilo, where I have all the conveniences of a city.

Now, I realize this message may sound like all I care about is shopping, and that's actually not the case. I just don't like feeling so isolated and cut off from civilization, without the possibility of going into the city to buy the necessities that I need.

© Erika Marie Rose and Good Vibes, 2019

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