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Happy New Year

Something beautiful is unfolding.

December 24, 2009
Cindy Schumacher

According to Maui resident Auntie Doll Aricayos, long-time hula dancer, performer, teacher and community volunteer, we should, “Healthy-up the New Year by living life out of love and not fear. You can flip a bad year where nothing seemed to go right with a compass for your New Year’s decisions.”

Auntie Doll’s tips for a stress-free year and joy-filled days begin by knowing your source. We must begin by knowing the Holy Spirit that dwells in us, she said. Then we can lean on our roots for our strength, and from our receiving, start to give back freely.

“Everything else is resources,” she said. “Know your source!”

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Auntie Doll Aricayos knows the only way to a really Happy New Year is through living aloha.

Auntie Doll is an example of someone who walks the walk. For years she has volunteered her time in the community, reaching out to those that have come into their later years feeling neither important or needed. Auntie Doll inspires them to reverse time by being active and living in love.

“No one should be bored or lonely,” she said.

All of her lessons, no matter the subject, are infused with her aloha teaching. Indeed, Auntie Doll’s No. 1 New Year’s resolution is, “Live Aloha.” It is pure and simple.

“Nourish your heart with kindness and compassion and then dance outward—blossom out to others around you,” she said. “Look toward the New Year to bring out what you missed last year by being thankful for each day. Be active, be challenged, and give, give, give!”

One of Auntie Doll’s hula students, Kīhei resident Rosemary Newman, is following her teacher’s advice into the New Year. Newman is trained in both Western and Eastern methods of health and healing. She is a licensed teacher for massage and skin therapy, and provides rehabilitation services for those with injuries.

“For all the blessings I’ve had, I want to give back to people who cannot look after themselves,” said Newman.

Newman is a volunteer with St. Theresa’s Hale Kau Kau “Feeding the Needy” home meal program. She currently takes Tai Chi, hula, a cooking class and a Hawaiian Language class at Maui Community College. Her key New Year’s Resolution is, “Take care of yourself. Remember, you are your most treasured possession,” she said.

Newman’s New Year’s tips are: Rediscover yourself and choose to enjoy. Eliminate “I can’t” in favor of “I can” and “I will.” Strive for a joyful spirit, mentor or volunteer, breathe, learn something new, practice relaxation technologies, resolve old issues and live with hope, faith and love.

Tai Chi master Cory Williams teaches what he calls “The Big Picture” for the New Year and everyday living. “Always keep you heart open,” he said. This will help you keep your center and balance, and have good intent. Williams said the first step to healing is to dissolve your mind into your body. Your mind moves the chi, which moves the blood, which in turn, energizes your body and life. His New Year’s resolution is simply put: “Smiling should be your final check. If you are not smiling, you are doing something wrong!”

Five grand New Year’s Resolutions to live by as you follow your dreams into 2010 have been compiled by poet and writer Julie Anne Ford, who said:

Learn to laugh;
Learn to listen;
Learn to let go;
Learn to love;
Learn to live.

Remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away!

Happy New Year!



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