I was left to my own devices for most of this past weekend. 

My usual hiking partners were all doing other things: The guys partook in the 2012 Maui Open disc golf tournament that happened up in Polipoli all weekend [Ben and Zak have been playing for years and it sounds like it was a blast], and Mom’s been nursing a knee injury since the middle of last week. 

The weather was gorgeous, so rather than stay at home, I headed out to meet up with friends on the North shore for a beach day.  By the time we got there, though, it was so windy that I quickly gathered my stuff and headed on the road looking for a solo adventure. 


The past few days have been pretty rough for me emotionally [pregnancy-related depression?] and I felt a real need to reconnect with the ‘aina.  The West Maui Mountains were crystal clear that day and I could feel the river calling me… so I followed the call into ‘Iao Valley, where I went for a short hike to a secluded spot on the river. 


‘Iao Valley is especially meaningful for me and just being there lifted my mood and brought me back to my center.  I sat there for a while with my feet dangling in the ice-cold water, and before I knew it, I was sobbing. 

I visualized all my fears and doubtsabout the pregnancy, school and work, and the futureleaving me and drifting down the river with my salty tears.  And I envisioned love and faith filling in the empty spaces left behind. 


It’s amazing how the Universe supports me when I just seek support and ask for guidance. 

I’m not sure how long I sat there – the sound of rushing water and the simple expansion and contraction of my chest took over and time was no longer relevant – but when I finally opened my eyes and looked around, I realized that I was surrounded by nourishment.  Literally, there were ripe guavas staring me in the face.  


I had to chuckle because of how ironic it was: I hadn’t even noticed the guavas when I got there, but – yet again – the Universe always provides me with an abundance of exactly what I need, when and where I need it. It was a reminder for me that I am surrounded by love and support, an overflow of resources to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.  I have everything I need to live my best life possible, now and always.  Even on solo adventures, I’m not alone. 


I took my time walking back, thoroughly delighting in those nutrient-dense guavas and paying close attention to the world around me – which I had mindlessly scuttled through on my way to the river.  


[A dried up jackson chameleon I found on the path.]

By the time I got back to the car, I felt like a completely new being.  Refreshed and rejuvenated and filled with love.  I’m so grateful to have places where I feel safe and nourished, and where I can go when I’m feeling overwhelmed with life.  I’m sure it’s wonderful for the baby, too. 

Where do you find solace?  What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? 

Aloha Pumehana.
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One thought on “Solace

  1. AmandaonMaui says:

    It sounds to me like you had quite the unexpected sacred experience. How wonderful. I hope you continue to feel well about what is happening in your life. I understand the way the stresses can build up without noticing and then the depression that can set in when you finally notice them. I really like Bach flower essences for an easy access way of dealing with it, but your sacred journey sounds like an even better solution.

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