Aloha! I’ve been enjoying my ideal day again back in Honolulu… tennis in the morning, swim in the ocean, and work the rest of the day.
Hi everyone –
I spent November and the Thanksgiving holiday in Hawaii with family and friends… it was wonderful, and truly a time to remember the power of giving thanks - on the day of Thanksgiving, and EVERYDAY.
I started the THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU project and blog as a way of spreading gratitude to as many people as possible around the world and on social media… by handing out two cards to the people I meet and inspiring them to give the other one to someone else, while expressing/feeling gratitude towards them. And reminding them of the power of feeling and expressing gratitude in every moment. It is impossible to truly feel gratitude and negativity in the exact moment.
I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR BEING YOU
“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”
― Oprah Winfrey
I posted a video on YouTube about the power of the mind and how your state of mind can help you through even the most difficult situations… and someone responded saying “that is not true, what about the Jewish people subjected to the Nazi concentrations camps?”
I responded saying there are many life stories, even from people that survived the horrors of the concentration camps, that tell how their state of mind helped them through the extremely challenging time.
Not long afterwards I was inspired to read the book, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl, a psychiatrist, who spent 3 years in concentration camps. He lost his father, mother, brother, and wife, while experiencing and witnessing torture and death daily. After his release, he founded Logotherapy, a part of existential and humanistic psychology theories. This quote from Frankl summarizes the state of mind that helped get him through -- “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.”
One of my favorite examples of the power of mind-set in the book Man’s Search for Meaning, is about a 17-year-old boy who became a quadriplegic from a diving accident. Three years after his accident, he studied psychology in community college, using a mouth stick to type. This is a letter the boy wrote to Viktor E Frankl: “I view my life as being abundant with meaning and purpose. The attitude that I adopted on that fateful day has become my personal credo for life: I broke my neck, it didn’t break me. I am currently enrolled in my first psychology course in college. I believe that my handicap will only enhance my ability to help others. I know that without suffering, the growth that I have achieved would be impossible.”
Your experience in life is all up to your attitude towards it.
“It doesn’t matter about what we expect from life, but what life expects from us.” -- Viktor E Frankl
THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU
After 3 months in Europe, September was spent working in the San Francisco Bay area, visiting my daughter in Manhattan NY, then a wonderful visit with my dear friends in Oregon, and now with friends and family back in Hawaii.
Most of the time I’m traveling the world by myself, immensely enjoying interacting with new places and people, but time spent with family and long-time close friends is irreplaceable.
I have been working on a new program that will be launching soon, called “Mind Merge” -- where you will learn how to tune into the most powerful force in creation, regain your personal empowerment, cleanse your mental blocks, heal your traumas, upgrade your Mind/Body system, remember who/what you truly are, align with your innate potential, and gain clarity on what YOU want to BE, DO, AND HAVE, then Merge with it.
If you are interested message me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~William Arthur Ward
In 2022 when I walked the El Camino Santiago Norte, I originally planned on continuing the walk through the coast of Portugal, but that plan didn’t work out… so I returned this year to drive the Portugal coast, experiencing the top-rated beautiful beaches in Portugal from Porto to Faro.
Porto, in northwest Portugal is known for world famous port wine, and it’s medieval cobblestoned streets on the riverside, and it’s historic center that is a designated UNISECO World Heritage site.
Of course, I had to experience the number one must do in Porto, which is a scenic boat ride under the famous 6 bridges, and along the lush wine vineyards.
Next was Nazare beach, famous for the biggest waves in the world… although they peak in the winter months, and I was enjoying a very small wave swim during the summer 😊
After staying a couple of nights at Nazare beach, I stopped for a swim at both Praia do Guincho and Sesimbra beaches, then stayed a couple nights at Praia da Rocha.
Next, was a full day of driving while stopping for lunch and a swim at Praia de Marinha beach, Ponte da Arrábida, and da Falesia, before starting a 3-night stay in Faro, on the southernmost tip of Portugal... where I enjoyed Island hopping to different beautiful beaches during the day, and spending the evenings walking through the old city looking for the next quaint restaurant to delight my taste buds.
Each time I visit Portugal, I fall in love with it even more.
THANK YOU PORTUGAL FOR BEING YOU
“I love life because what more is there?” – Anthony Hopkins
I started my exciting adventure in Scotland, in Oban, of the West Highlands, and the gateway to the Hebridean Isles.
After reading the book “Scotland’s Hidden Sacred Past”, I was deeply inspired to explore the ancient mystical Islands of Scotland, where I walked and hitchhiked for hours on the Isle of Mull, looking for the hidden Culdees church, and the Isle of Iona, whose presence of spirit is so strong it can turn even agnostic into a believer, and Staffa, with it’s colossal hexagonal basalt columns rising vertically out of the ocean forming the cave of Fingal, and the really cute Puffins that live there.
I left by ferry every morning from Oban to get to each Island. I spent my days walking through lush valleys, around rolling hills and lochs, in search of hidden and not so hidden sacred sites… a journey through twist and turns, and magical moments.
Next, I went to the countryside town, Inchture, to pet sit for a couple of weeks. We enjoyed daily long walks through the countryside.
From there I stayed for a few days in architecturally stunning and lively city of Edinburgh, before another pet sit in the small country town of Inversesk, enjoying daily riverside walks with the dogs.
And to finish off my Scotland trip, I went with a friend on his beautiful all wooden boat through the Loch Ness…. What a very special treat. And yes, I swam in the freezing Loch.
This was my first trip doing pet sitting from Trusted Pet Sitters, and I highly recommend it if you love pets like I do. I was able to stay in beautiful homes for free, in places I would have never thought of visiting on my own, and extremely grateful I got to. I will put a link here if you want to check it out, and if you sign up through my link, you get 25% discount and I get 2 mos. free 😊
THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU
“Into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”
– John Muir
I met a guy while here in Ireland, who was intoxicated and a little obnoxious. He realized quickly in our conversation that I was not interested in anything more than a little chat, so then he starts expressing his anger towards women. He starts blaming television shows for ruining women by giving them high expectations towards men… ones that are impossible for a man to fulfill. I asked him about his relationship with his mother (which is usually the core issue) and he said he hates her. Then he quickly said, not hate, just disgusted with.
He then goes on about his divorce and absolute love for his teenage son. I told him how most likely he has passed on his anger towards women to his son. He immediately denied that possibility, then got quiet, reflected a bit, and said maybe. His demeanor did a drastic change into remorse. I comforted him by saying WE ALL have received negative beliefs and painful memories from our parents, and when we become parents, we most likely pass some on to our children.
I explained to him that when a person becomes aware of this reality, the most important thing is to avoid guilt, shame, or blame. The best thing we can do for ourselves, our family, and the collective consciousness of humanity is to take full responsibility for the unhealthy beliefs, thoughts, emotions and actions we have accepted and expressed, and choose to transmute and release them. If each one does the work to become aware of their own shadow self, stop projecting on to others, and start clearing them from their psyche, then the whole of humanity will experience a complete shift in reality towards a more harmonious existence.
He had a beautiful shift in his demeanor, and I could tell his heart was touched when he realized he wasn't alone in the drama of suffering and separatism in the collective human consciousness.
He then asked me if I truly believe that we will live in a utopian world if we each worked on our own part of the collective shadow, and I said it wouldn't hurt to try.
I thank all of you for being you and choosing to do your part of transmuting our collective consciousness from the lower destructive emotions like anger, fear, resentment, blame etc.… into empowering positive ones like forgiveness, love, acceptance. For assistance: Oneonly.love
“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
― Alan Watts
I’ve been truly enjoying Kilkenny, Ireland. My mind was programmed about the cold, rainy weather in Ireland, and the program has been totally transformed with 3 weeks of sunny skies in the high 70’s to over 80 degrees.
Cher was born into a family of metaphysicians, which allowed her innate nature for questioning reality the freedom to explore. She started traveling the world at age 17 to engage with different perspectives of spirituality and Mind/Body Medicine... with her home base being Honolulu Hawaii. At 25 she had her first child and started her private practice as a Mind/Body/Spirit Educator, Therapist. She also owned a Yoga School, founded a Divorce Center for Women, and was the founder of a Re-programming Center for Women and Children. Now she is an empty nester, she is devoting the next phase of her life to travel the world and connect with as many people as possible - sharing her love and gratitude for life, our planet, all beings, and all that exists.