I am so happy to share with you that we have just earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence award for 2016!!
An ‘upaya’ for mercury retrograde
In the spirit of ho-o-pono pono
upaya (ooh-pie-yuh) Is a Sanskrit word for planetary ‘remedy’, as is a puja, offering prayers, foods, flowers, wearing certain gemstones or colors in honor of a planet. An upaya is a remedial measure in this context for mercury retrograde. An upaya is a vehicle in which to create a direct relationship with a planet, to align with the specific planetary energy (in now time, in the direction it is moving).
ho-o-pon- pono Hawaiian, to make ‘right’, to make amends, ultimately to be in ‘right relationship’.
One of the best times to learn about communication is when mercury is retrograde. When a planet is in retrograde motion, the energy of the planet is not moving outward, it is moving centripetally, inward. That is the time to reflect on the specific energy of the planet, the lessons contained there within. Ergo, contrary to popular belief, Mercury is not the scapegoat for everything that goes wrong during this time. In fact, we can make great strides in our inner world as Mercury asks us to reflect and internalize the important lessons. One theme in Ayurvedic medicine and Vedic Astrology is to align ourselves with the ‘energy’, moving in the same direction. Here, on Kauai surfers do the same thing.
Simply by attending you are declaring your willingness to learn, practice and self reflect, thus aligning yourself with beneficial Mercury energies.
The practice is learning and practicing Communication skills. To learn and practice, the art of noticing, distinguishing and liberating certain habitual ways of communication. When we come together, our sankalpa (sacred intention) is a commitment to be practice partners, in the way we listen and speak, even for just one class, or the several. A social meditation where the container is the crucible for us to ruminate on our modus communication.
- Listen: Practice listening to what someone says, and interpreting how they might feel. This is where we put ourselves in the other person’s felt experience and do our best to understand how they feel the way they feel. We avoid spending time formulating what we are going to say, we truly take in what they say. Then pause and take a conscious breath after they finish. Let there be space.
- Practice active listening; recapitulate what they told you, and ask if that is correct.
- Say, tell me more, then listen.
In conclusion, Mercury wants clear communication, articulation, and flexible thinking. He governs: education, language, writing, logic, and understanding. He represents modes of communication, which is why people blame all sorts of communication breakdowns on him. The best use of mercury retrograde is to be involved in those activities or activities, which involve using those inner faculties just mentioned. In my humble opinion, I think it is a perfect time to: journal, catch up on your inner work, learn, practice and teach communication skills (like I am doing here), learn a new language, teach something, do your mantra, articulate your messages clearly, enunciate your words, etc. Mercury is not our scapegoat. Mercury retrograde is an opportunity to learn and grow.
I’d love to hear how it goes for you!
With warm aloha,
I love that you can now schedule online any time of the day or night.
A few years ago, I considered online scheduling and did a lot of research, I mean A LOT!
I spent hours looking into what they offer, their limitations, costs, all the details, it was a huge learning curve because I didn’t know what I would need. I dropped it because I wasn’t convinced that it would be a good fit, and at the time we had a lot of internet interruptions.
Fast forward to 2016, i started doing research again, with a solid consistent internet connection! This time I called the top 6 companies and asked them basically 2 questions; do you schedule for couples and can your system accommodate add ons (like our beachside, deep tissue, etc.)? Most of them had this complicated ‘work around’ as they call it. But Booker didn’t. For a while there, i considered going into a lucrative and well needed online scheduling business!
Do you know the difference between surviving and thriving?
What is your idea of self care?
Here at Hanalei Day Spa, we are a holistic business geared towards thriving and really enjoying life our own selves, and helping you to do that too!
PLEASE JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING OUR NEW MENU OF SERVICES!
Whether or not you come in to receive spa treatments, let me inspire you to take care of your self, fill up your self love cup so you can love those around you even more.
I made a short video about THRIVING:
PLEASE SHARE IF YOU FEEL INSPIRED!
Venus has been retrograde, during venus retrograde the ‘Venus energy’ is not expressed outwardly, in fact, oftentimes there are can be the potential for relationship and or interpersonal challenges during this retrograde cycle.
The best approach is to internalize and ruminate on whatever lessons are brought to us during this cycle. To celebrate the true venus energy, is to revel in beauty in all it’s forms; our (and other’s) beauty, the beauty of nature, a child, experience pleasure and all the lovely delights the senses have to offer. To deeply enjoy the fragrant flowers, the delicious smell of the air, tastes of food, to enjoy touch and create and see beauty in everything. Hanalei Day Spa is a Venus place.
Venus retrograde affects us all in different ways, based on where it is in our chart. We might have been ‘working on’ our appearance during this recent cycle or the appearance of our home, some sort of internalized Venus energy.
On September 6th (actually around 10:30 pm September 5th HST) Venus will begin to move forward
I want to support you in celebrating your own beauty by offering this HUGE DISCOUNT on facials!
We fill up quick, Call ASAP to schedule!
(ME 1929 MAT 7114 BSH 5302)
This short video offers some quick tips how to eliminate heat in the body. Not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is a good start and I include special cooling yogic breathing techniques. If you post comments or questions, I will answer as my time allows. If it is an in depth question, you may want to enroll for an ayurveda consultation. I offer a limited number of these per month. Take care and enjoy!
save a tree
fill out your intake form online
no need to print, or email, it is an interactive form that automatically sends….
After years of stacking all of the intake forms, I have decided to go paperless. It is the same form, just online.
The other great thing is that if you didn’t frequent the spa enough to make it with the privileged echelons in the filing cabinet (6X per year) and had to fill out your form every year or so.
Now after filling it out, you will be on file!
so, yeay we are saving trees!
Actually Mercury doesn’t care, but I got your attention. That’s right, Mercury doesn’t really care, but you should, not in a judgmental ‘should’ kind of way but in a self reflective, I am going to take responsibility for myself, kind of way.
I’m supposed to be sleeping right now, but I feel compelled to shout from the rooftops, or maybe just my lanai, “Let’s stop making mercury the scapegoat of our problems!” He doesn’t deserve that, no planet does. Mercury is so misunderstood, the minute anything goes wrong, people blame him.
The truth is, one of the best times to learn about communication is when mercury is retrograde. Let me explain, first, any retrograde planet is not literally moving backwards; it just appears to be, in relation to the earth. When a planet is in retrograde, that is the time to reflect on the specific energy of that planet, and learn the lessons, that ‘it’ wants to teach us. Ergo, contrary to popular belief, Mercury is not the scapegoat for everything that goes wrong during this time. In fact, we can make great strides in our inner world during any retrograde cycle because it is a centripetal energy.
Mercury asks us to reflect, ruminate, work and internalize the important lessons. One theme in Ayurvedic medicine (the system of healing from India) and Vedic Astrology is to align ourselves with the ‘energy’, and move in the same direction.
Here, on Kauai, surfers do the same thing, they wait for a ‘good’ wave, turn their surfboard in the direction the wave is moving, then they paddle hard. The wave picks them up and they have a great ride just in front of this big lump of water that pushes them forward! They can artfully carve in and out of the wave, or just stand there on the board enjoying the free ride (that’s what I did). I’ve surfed before and there is no other feeling like it! The potential here is a great ride, or… the waves can pummel you, it is entirely your choice.
Vedic Astrology and Ayurvedic medicine are sister sciences, which I learned together, starting some 20 something years ago. I want to clarify that I am not a Vedic astrologer, I am still very much a student, a devotee of it all, dedicated to learning and continually growing. My main focus is Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga, which, at some level, are all really interconnected and inseparable.
According to Vedic astrology, the name for planets is graha, meaning to grasp. Inversely, in yoga, we learn Apari-graha, which means non-possessiveness, to not hold onto; things, people, ideas, possessions etc. In this case, the planets/graha literally grasp us. In a way, they posses us, and have their way with us. As these karmas ripen, they live out certain karmas through us during times when they are more lively in our chart. It is likened to an archetypical energy that we embody and live out.
To me, it is common sense to come to the conclusions that if the universe/a planet wants something from us, why not give it what it wants? Planets or ‘the universe’ or whatever your term is for creation/creator want certain behaviors from us. Such as: surrender, serious discipline, humility, consistency, did I say humility, yes, Saturn wants lots of that. Mercury wants clarity, distinction, discretion, and discernment to name a few.
There is also a bunch more data that your friendly neighborhood Jyotishi (Vedic Astrologer) will tell you about the house Mercury was occupying when you were born, your natal chart and where he is now which will give different results. I am not here to do that, I am here to say “hey, there’s this thing that people have been misunderstanding, here’s the truth, there can be a lot of positive cultivation now, so let’s take advantage of that.
In conclusion, Mercury wants clear communication, articulation, and flexible thinking. He governs: education, language, writing, logic, and understanding. He represents modes of communication, which is why people blame all sorts of communication breakdowns on him. The best use of mercury retrograde is to be involved in those activities or activities, which involve using those inner faculties just mentioned.
In my humble opinion, I think it is a perfect time to: journal, catch up on your inner work, learn, practice and teach communication skills (like I am doing here), learn a new language, teach something, articulate your messages clearly, enunciate your words, etc. Mercury is not our scapegoat. Mercury retrograde is an opportunity to learn and grow. If you’d like to learn; about yourself, to listen and communicate even better, you may want to participate in the upcoming tele-class I will be teaching during this Mercury retrograde cycle.
I’ll post the details soon or email me for more information. DarciAyur@gmail.com
Yaey, look at our little cottage!
Even though the front is finished we are still painting the side of the building. I cant believe how much the spa changed in such a short amount of time! Our awesome crew worked tirelessly from Saturday until now. My darling husband, Doug was here till 12 and 1am! You wouldn’t even recognize the foyer during the process! It was covered in sheets, drywall dust everywhere! When they were finished with the wall, window, drywall and painting. Doug cleaned, then our cleaning Goddess, Shamaya cleaned, I organized the last pieces and opened Wednesday morning.
There is more light, it is looking great, and feels so fresh in here! The crew is ecstatic with their massage dollar bonus too! I’ll post pics for you as soon as we are done painting. Then we can focus on other things! Such as mercury retrograde!