Kohatu

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The rain keeps falling. The drive here to the river was a bumpy one, dodging rocks that had fallen from cliffs up high… but we got here! A swollen river beckons even though I can’t see it, I know it is there, flowing a strong current…
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We are at Ruaka marae beside the Wanganui river and despite the rain not letting up, it is very cleansing…

Kids playing outside in the rain today, enjoying the gifts of Ranginui, celebrating his love for Papatūānuku our earth mother. How could we not celebrate his aroha for her and the mists that meander through the hills and mountains that greet him with her warmth…

So I’ve reached Day 365 – I did not know what this rock was going to look like and when I started it I was like hmmm… expectation again! Even at the end of the year – but then I can see, a moving river with many twists and turns, mists rising, rain falling… flowing water…

What a year it has been! So many wonderful connections, sharing with one another, healing… Who would have thought such a simple offering could be so powerful!

Koha-tu – a special gift. A gift of aroha, a gift of connection, of sharing with one another, the sharing of breath, of life through nature, art and words… I am grateful, amazed, pleased, overwhelmed… eight more hours until the new year… a new beginning a new project to begin.

Ngā manaakitanga ki a tātou katoa i tēnei wā o te tau hou. Thank-you all for such an amazing journey. I’ll see you at the start of the next project but for now enjoying the moment.

Arohanui,
Jo x

Mountain to Sea

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Rain dribbles down a thick glass window – well worn it has had many eyes look out to contemplate with nature – like thin shreds of lace hanging down, some slow some fast, rain crystals, each one unique, shining reflections upon reflections, alive…

We are in Ohakune at the moment – and this is my second to last rock for the year – my goodness! Quite overwhelming actually but also very exciting! The day has been rain, calm, rain, calm – all day! It is raining now… nice and refreshing…
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Driving through the central plateau this morning was just stunning. You know when you drive through a place and you are in the presence of something greater than yourself, a sense of belonging, spirit is alive in amongst these beautiful maunga (mountain) – Tongariro, Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Pihanga. Ka mihi atu ki a koutou. I greet you and I honour your presence.

Ahhhh what a journey… last Friday I greeted my maunga Matawhaura on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and my marae Houmaitawhiti – ko tōku māma tēna. Today we left Rotorua and on my way out I greeted my maunga Tarawera – ko tōku māma anō tēna and then we arrive in amongst these beautiful mountains… it’s all connected.

I greet all these maunga and remember the connection to my maunga Taranaki, the journey that he took in his haste, leaving love behind to forge out a pathway along the Wanganui river to be where he is today…our spiritual mountain that has given me so much healing…

Tomorrow we head to the Wanganui river, to running water, a lifeline of Papatūānuku, a bloodline that runs through the earth from sky to the peaks of mountains, through land forming rivers and out to sea, water…

I began this journey with water, in search of a part of me, I am still searching but much of me has been revealed over the year and I end this journey with water… beside water, in water, of water and the next journey will begin…again…with water…

Arohanui,
Jo x

I’m not sure what kind of reception I will have up the awa (river) tomorrow so I may not be able to post my rock until I come out into civilisation again – but kei te pai – that’s ok! And the rock will be taken from the river and gifted back once it is finished. Of course I will take a photo!

Marama

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I know she will probably freak that I have called a rock after her – but Marama Davidson – rā whānau ki a koe e hoa!! I have no regrets hehe! And it actually illustrates very clearly what I want to talk about today. So thanks Ma for a beautiful name and the inspiration!
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We had a wonderful afternoon with Mere Marshall, MT and Jay today. Such wonderful rich kōrero about lots of things! It really was a neat meeting with another of my dedicated FB rock followers who has contributed hugely to the project over the year and who I was SO excited to meet in the flesh today!

One of the many things that stood out for me was about being true to self, being who you are and not compromising on that at all. My whole life has been about finding who I am, what is my place in the world…and so the conversation reinforced this.

And always back to the spiral, back to water – water being a strong theme throughout my work this year and something that will flow into next year. It is fitting that we will be spending the last day of the year beside the Wanganui river and the first day of 2012 beside the Wanganui river… reinforcing once again, connection through water, wai…Ko wai au? Who am I? Grounded in connection…

So back to Marama – te ao marama – the world of light and for me in this moments reflection, I look back over the year and this rock a day project has been exactly that – moving toward the light into an understanding of who I am, understanding through my eyes, my experiences, journeys and healing.

I feel like I can move into 2012, the next part of my journey, sure in the knowledge that I am where I need to be, right here, right now. Kua marama inaianei – I understand what this journey has been about. It has been about me returning to who I am and sharing the journey with others in the hope that they will be inspired to embark on their own journeys of reflection and self-discovery.

Arohanui,
Jo x

So thank-you once again to Mere, MT and Jay for a lovely afternoon!! Hope you’ve had a great day for your birthday today Ma!! AND – two more rocks to paint for 2011!! YAY!!

What Is Possible?

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A reflective time of year marks the beginning of a new… change, connection, relationships, healing – all have been strong themes this year, woven into life’s intricate web…
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I love the spider web – resilient and beautiful, it is one of nature’s many wonders that always amazes me. How could this be possible? What is possible in the future?

A question I’ve been asking myself over these last few days of the year – what is possible? If there was one thing that I would want to bring to fruition this year, what would it be? How would I bring this to fruition and what would I need to do this? And who will help me?

The year is nearly over and excitement is building as we head into 2012 – it is an important year, probably the most important year of my life for many reasons and everyday up until now has brought me to here, this moment, this time, this place. And I am grateful.

Arohanui,
Jo x

What Does Matter Most?

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So we’re back in Rotorua with whānau and we’ve just come from Te Puke after spending the last few days with whānau and what a wonderful time it has been!
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I’ve said this before recently – there is something about this time, something in the air, so much aroha in the air, everywhere there is change, people are more accommodating and accepting of one another realising more and more, what matters most. And what matters most?

The relationships we have – the meaning we give to our lives through our relationships and love.

I feel like I’ve grown over the past three days, grown in the sense that I have healed through many years, spending time with whānau has made me realise that some things just don’t matter like they used to and what matters is that we have each other, we love one another, we can have a good laugh, we can have a good cry, we share a meal together or a few BIG meals together and in those moments, we know what matters most.

What matters most to me right now, is that I am here with whānau, enjoying the experience and sharing the love. A very special time.

Arohanui,
Jo x

Cruising

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What a wonderful day today! Chilled out, relaxing and just cruising with good kai (all day!), great company and a great place in the country to be winding down at the end of the year.
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I’ve so enjoyed this – with minimal connection to the internet and no one really sending me emails wanting anything from me (yet!) it has only been a few days, but a much needed rest has been granted.

Actually, it reminds me of a song I used to love listening to when I was young-er… we were chilling in the park, just waiting for the sun to go down…and I’ve SO loved hanging with the whānau – has been awesome!!

Sending much aroha to everyone out there who is checking out the rocks during this time. I know you are probably eating good kai too and are in good company! Hope you’re having a lovely relaxing holiday wherever you are in the world! Peace to you.

Arohanui,
Jo x

It is now midnight! I don’t think I’ve gone to bed before midnight since I’ve been away but that’s ok, I can sleep in to whatever time I want to – love that! AND! FIVE more rocks to paint for the year!!! Wooooohoooo!

Our Rock

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I decided that I would write the story for this rock with my three nieces. And these are the thoughts that came to mind from all of us.
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It has been a great day – all the family getting together for a yummy hangi! We haven’t seen each other for ages and all the mokos have grown! No one knows anyone’s age or birthdays anymore!

Teiarere says the rock looks like a mushroom and then Rexina says she doesn’t like mushrooms and Teiarere says me either!

Rexina says, “they remind me of curls and Robyn said, “xmas snow”…

Nana was so happy today and she’s been in a really good mood around family and the ham was great with pineapple and cherries and mint sauce…

One thing we will remember:

Robyn – everyone sitting in a row all together.
Rexina – the food.
Teirere – the games.
Aunty Jo – Xmas in the orchard with the whanau all gathered together united in the kitchen putting the kai on together like it was a marae… and our sister Char was not here but oh well we hope to see her at the end of January!

Last words from all of us – colour in the snow – colour at xmas – family – sunny day – eyebrows – sneezing at eyebrows being plucked lol (that was Rexina!), joyful…

Arohanui,
from US! Jo, Rexina, Robyn and Teiarere xxxx

PS – from the nieces AND Tai the nephew – DOITTZZZZZ!!

Response To Touch

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I was putting healing cream on my niece’s excema this morning and she just sat there, fluttered her butterfly eyelashes and was enjoying the touch and attention to her skin.
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Today I picked up my Mum from the resthome and she loved to have kisses on her face, me touching her soft skin with my two hands, she responded with a smile and glow in her eyes. Just beautiful.

All it takes is time, attention and love to give a child, touch can be the most special gift one can give to a child.

All it takes is time, attention and love to give… when we grow up and have given all the love, we then require love and care in return to replenish that love. It can be the most warming and life giving thing for an adult, to feel loved and to be touched with love.

It’s been a beautiful day today with whānau! We are all together – have prepared kai for the hangi tomorrow (well actually today as it is 1am in the morning!) but it has been such a special day. Pō mārie.

Arohanui,
Jo x

Into the Daylight

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Out of space into the daylight a brand new day, fresh, alive…
brightness… I come alive again…
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Yay! So I’m here with whānau and looking forward to the next few days ahead. It was so lovely to come to Rotorua and to the sun!

I love the rain and the coolness but my body was wanting to feel warm, my bones wanting to loosen up with the warmth of sun. Longing for summer!

I took a series of photos for this rock and asked my niece Robyn which photo she liked. She says this one and called it – Into the Daylight. I like that and it reminds me of our drive through the gorge – from the cool, damp, rainy Gisborne to a brighter day.

Yes, the future is bright.

Arohanui,
Jo x

It All Matters

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Every little bit counts. Going back over the year, I am reminded of all the wonderful things that have happened! We remember the big bits because they stand out but there are those little bits that are just as important.
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In fact they are often the most challenging because the results are not so obvious, or they are hard work and you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. But these little things make all the difference in our lives, challenging us to move forward to the next step, up a level, to take a peak around the corner and persevere.

I had two amazing trips overseas this year – I met some really beautiful talented “different” people and had life changing experiences. I had an art residency at the beginning of the year which was also life changing and actually, this residency set the tone for the entire year and was where my overseas journeys began.

But in between these major events there were all these other little things that pushed me further beyond my boundaries, they had me thinking in new ways because I had to and each experience had a huge affect on my life.

Oh and I can’t forget, my rock a day project – HUGE! Or in the words of Tamzyn Rose Pue – EPIC – that word even sounds HUGE and when you hear her say it you’ll know what I mean! But I also see this project as being full of all these little things too, each day a step, a small step, important in the bigger scheme of things.And it all matters. Yes it does.

Aaaaaaannnd actually when I look back over the past 10, 15, 20 years it all matters – regardless of what it was or whether it was right or wrong. Each experience has led me to be the person I am today, to be on the journeys I have been on. And I have no regrets, only lessons learnt, stories to tell and a whole lot of love shared.

Yes indeed, it does all matter and what a life it’s been – SO looking forward to the future, reminiscing about what has been and at the same time basking in the now…

Arohanui,
Jo x

The Gift of Aroha

This time of year has in the past been a time of mixed feelings. Xmas – overindulgence, consumerism over-the-top, extravagance, stress and expectation.
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I was down town the other day and I saw this family buying their Christmas presents and my first thought was, can they afford to buy presents or is there an expectation that at this time of year, you must buy presents for loved ones, and the expectation is that if someone buys you a present then you must buy one in return? Expectation. And because we’ve done it in the past, must we continue that tradition?
A few years back we stopped buying Xmas presents and decided that the most important thing at this time was sharing quality time with loved ones. And if there were gifts to be given, they were hand made for the person and were given with aroha.
But this year feels different. That feeling of extravagance, overindulgence and consumerism is not as ‘heavy’ as I’ve seen it in the past. I’ve always been relaxed about this time of year and it seems that way for others and people are starting to see what this time of year is really about. This is one of those “something in the air” things I spoke about yesterday…
SO! Expect not and give lots! Especially the gift of aroha because the gift of love and time is what will be remembered.
Arohanui,
Jo x
PS – I’m so excited about spending time with whānau this week – yay!!

Something In The Air

It’s that time of year again – the silly season has arrived! But this year is different. Can you feel it? There is definitely something in the air…
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The past few days have been quite different. My body is telling me it wants to feel warm, but outside it is cold and rain. We’ve had patches of sunshine but not summer like we’ve known it over the past few years.

But there is something in the air – change, something… things on the move, things being revealed, unravelled, uncurled…
The earth is going through big changes, I am going through big changes, we all are. It’s time for change and the change in seasons we see, I believe, is Papatūānuku bringing things back into balance. And it must happen…
Arohanui,
Jo x

Crystal Mission

Back in the early 90s I read a book called “Crystal Mission”. Today, many years on, I started reading this same book but an updated version. And I’m like WOW – I was actually reading this at 20 years old!
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It’s an interesting book about a man’s journey, synchronicity, the power of crystals, the energy of the earth, connection and more! It’s one of those books you just wanna keep reading! It’s mind boggling actually, not just the story but the fact that I was actually into this kind of stuff at such a young age.
This reminded me of the first personal development book I read at 16 years old – Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer. I also remember The Power is Within You by Louise Hay – and there were many others!
So 20 + years on and I’m still healing, changing, growing… and this book is also a reminder that my love of precious stones began in my teens. I was drawn to their beauty and healing properties and still love to surround myself with them today.
A nice reflection on the past to the present…and now continuing on my crystal mission…
By the way, has anyone read this book?
Arohanui,
Jo x

All Of Us

Man oh man – I’ve been going back through the year, reminiscing with rocks and words from all of us and I’m like WOW – there is so much awesomeness! Real gems! Such insight and colourful kōrero and I’m just buzzing at all the kohatu I’ve painted and the imagery that has been captured of each rock – WOW!

I printed a few pages of the kohatu, including stories and comments and it’s taken me the last couple of days to get through them! And I have another 300+ days to read!!
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It’s actually quite overwhelming and I feel very humbled by all the things that have been said, the many many people that have left comments – just amazing!

I started working on the book a while back and am now going through each day, sitting for a while and really getting a feel of what the message is for that day. And I did not realise how important these kohatu would be, for many people and for me, but when I read the words and look at the images, I’m totally captivated at what has been created.
It is going to take a while to get through them all and that’s ok it’s a very exciting process.

But I just want to say thank-you to ALL OF US for sharing openly our thoughts and feelings throughout the year. I have been truly blessed and I do believe that the book is going to be a stunning collection of images with important messages from all of us that will guide us into the future. And look out for the book which is due to be published in time for the Māori new year – June 2012!
Of course there will be more thank-yous over the next few days but I just want to say for the first time, THANK-YOU SO MUCH – from my heart.
Arohanui,
Jo x

In Search of Clear Waters

Thoughts today of swimming through murky waters, polluted, searching for spirit…
A feeling of clearing out, the physical experience we have on earth – putting that aside for a moment and just searching, searching…
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And then there within the darkest part of water, a light…
Spirit knows, and life does not always go according to plan but always, spirit will lead us to where we need to go, to the lessons we need to learn, over and over until we learn them.
A reminder today that I am a spiritual being having a physical experience and in any moment I can connect to that part of me that knows.
Arohanui,
Jo x

Nine Visitors

Well the house was a flurry of visitors today! From 10am onwards, we had nine people visiting throughout the day – so it was pretty full on and before you know it – it’s dinner time and the day is coming to a close!
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But it was a fantastic day – wonderful kōrero about all sorts of things – moving to a new land, public speaking, spinal manipulations, (even got my back put in – thanks Barrie!), swimming pools, art, art and more art, business, death, life – all sorts of things.
It reminded me (again!) about the importance of connection and sharing kōrero. And when people come together, no matter what your background, you can always find common threads, common levels of connection.
So it was a beautiful day (the sun was actually shining!) and I sent a few kohatu off today – some will be travelling back to Perth and others will head up north to Dargaville. Wonderful. The power of stones. The power of connection. Conversations and meetings that were just meant to be.
Arohanui,
Jo x

The Wise Children

I was sitting in a cafe today reading a wonderful book about indigo children – a book that made me smile from ear to ear. What amazing and insightful words had come out of children’s mouths, I was totally inspired.
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So as much as I don’t like to quote from books, I want to share some today! The words are from the book, An Indigo Celebration by Dee Carroll and Jan Tober and it is such a delightful book, I would highly recommend reading it!
So I want to share three quotes from three young children and the question asked was, “what is love?” And the answers are beautiful, funny and powerful. I love all three quotes!
What is Love? When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands get arthritis too. That’s love.
What is Love? Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.(Funny!!)
What is Love? If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.
Straight from the mouths of children… thank-you children for the inspiration.
Arohanui,
Jo x

Acceptance

You know when you’ve forgiven someone. You totally and completely accept them for who they are.
TOTAL ACCEPTANCE = FORGIVENESS = HEALING
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Today has been a wonderful time of healing and forgiveness. Often fear and pain block our pathways to healing, we fear something happening again and don’t want to have the same experiences over and over again. But if we allow ourselves to go through that healing process and forgive, great healing can take place.
Forgiveness is powerful. Forgiveness of self and others can release us from long held resentments, releasing, renewing, reviving…freedom…
Arohanui,
Jo x

Live In The Questions

Often we question life – why me? Why now?
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But if we lived “in” the questions and really tried to understand life from an experiential level and continued to ask the questions with a sense of curiosity and wonder, perhaps we will one day find our way into the answers…
Arohanui,
Jo x

Know Thyself

It has been one of the most important things in my life up until this moment – to know myself and who I am. Why am I here? Where have I come from and where am I to go? And who am I in this moment?
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My life’s many journeys and experiences all contributing to my ongoing healing that ultimately enable me to “be” who I am – fully present with what is and giving me the insight to help others in their own journeys.
I don’t know if I will ever fully know myself in this lifetime, but what I do know is that being on the pathway to know myself is better than being lost, walking around in a state of confusion, cloud and lack of purpose.
I love my life and all it’s ups and downs and I welcome another moment, another experience that will lead me to the next part of my journey.
Arohanui,
Jo x

Interwoven

Layer upon layer upon layer in between gaps and shapes and on top of layers – the paint went on to this rock. Even though the layers were going on, there was a feeling of taking layers off.
Each strand, each line linking with the next to create a never ending flow of energy. The colours simple and plain but each contains all the colours of light, shining through each layer to reveal the next.
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I started with a face – a line already within the stone – a definite marking that reminded me of Celtic origins and old days. A stake in the earth, holder of land, stating that this is our land, this is where I belong.
A never-ending flow of water, sea, earth, light, energy… where spirit meets people, interwoven…
Happy birthday Haidee! This was very much a meditative rock, painting and then writing words, intuitive – that came out like water from a tap. Infinite. Hope you’ve had a special day today.
Arohanui,
Jo x

Two More Stones

There’s this lady that bikes past our house. She looks middle age from what I can see in the few seconds I see her as she zooms past! And she carries a big basket on the front, you know like those ones that can hold flowers or vegetables.
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She is dressed nicely like she’s ready to go for a picnic in the park AND she has NO helmet!

And she ZOOMS past!

Now one would think, ahh hullo where is your helmet? But actually, there is something kinda cool about her, enjoying the wind blowing through her hair with not a care in the world…

I’m not saying don’t wear a helmet when riding a bike – I’m not saying that at all, but there is a certain freedom that goes with bike riding a bit like riding a horse or being on a surfboard that requires trust, letting go and enjoying!
And her freedom I could see as she peddled past, to just jump on a bike and go, to trust that all will be ok, trusting life, her life…

I had great fun painting these two stones today. I just decided to paint two stones, no particular reason why, just felt like it.
Arohanui,
Jo x

Ngā Manu Tioriori

It’s lovely waking up in the morning at 5am to chirping birds outside the window. And there have been a couple of new sounds I’ve been hearing lately – so beautiful!
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Sometimes there are birds that we ignore or don’t think are special because we don’t have stories or connection to them, but you know those brown birds (I don’t know their name) there’s heaps that hang around in our garden. They have a long call and they are actually really cool birds – other than eating our young shoots in the garden, I kinda like them.
It’s just like magpies. I’ve always considered them to be a pain in the butt but in some countries they are a special bird that is symbolic.
But aside all the beautiful birds that I feel so grateful for – I just want to say how proud I am of Aotearoa musicians. We have some pretty amazingly talented manu tioriori and there are a some awesome up and coming artists as well!
Music is so important in our lives and I couldn’t imagine what I would do if I couldn’t listen to music! And in the words of Stevie Wonder…”music is a world within itself, it’s a language we all understand…”
A universal language…
So here’s to Aotearoa music and all the talented amazing people that bless us everyday with their music. And actually here’s to all those radio stations who play our wonderful music – definitely something to celebrate.
Arohanui,
Jo x

Kahawai

We were out again today capturing kōrero from a koroua about a traditional form of fishing. I’m constantly in awe with the way our tūpuna (ancestors) lived – they were very on to it!
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Anyway, we came home with three kahawai today and when we were given them we were like WOW – thank-you SO much and YUM! It’s not everyday you get kahawai given to you.
But part of the kōrero that came out was about community living and how back in the day sharing kai in the community was the norm. One whānau would have grown certain types of kai and another whānau would have grown other types and then the kai was shared.
You rarely see this these days so lets start doing it again! Even if it’s just swapping one vegetable or fruit with another vegetable or fruit. It’s a step forward again to living WITH each other.
Right! Off to have a kai of kahawai – yes at 9pm in the evening! Thank-you for the kind whānau that gave us kahawai which by the way was reciprocated with raspberries and kamokamo grown from our own garden.
Arohanui,
Jo x

My Rock

Dear Mum,
It was lovely talking to you today. You always remind me of what’s real, love, unconditional love and what I should be grateful for.
I reminded you today of who I am, as I do each day I talk to you. And we reminisced about the old days when you would come and support me at netball, every Saturday you were there. You always supported me at all my school and sporting endeavours. You were my rock – you are still my rock.
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And even though you may forget me in a moment, I know that deep inside you there are still memories and you know me, you still know me.
And when I hang up and say goodbye and tell you “I love you māma” you say, “yeah” (about five times!) and then you say, “me too darling.”

That’s real.

Embracing that physical body of yours that has endured many things, there is a strong beautiful spirit that still lives and it doesn’t matter if the words you say don’t make sense sometimes because I feel the love, I feel your love māma – and I love you.
Arohanui,
Jo x

340

No matter how hard you try to go against the flow of life, the wind will always turn you to the experiences that will carry you forward to do the work you were meant to do.
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Life is not always what we want it to be, and we do not always get want we want but know that you will always have what you need in any moment and life will never give you an experience you cannot manage.
So fly with the wind, trust and believe that you are where you are meant to be.
Arohanui,
Jo x
PS – 340 days! 25 more days until the end of the year – yipeeee!

Wainui – Reflections of Wai

I was out at Wainui today for a hui and man it was so nice to be by the sea again…
The sound of waves roaring in, the wind blowing a warm blow and feeling the sand beneath my feet and in between my toes, grounded…ahhhh…
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Where have I been all spring? Geez, need to get out and over to the beach more and now that summer has arrived there is even more reason to!
So a wai reflection today. I’ve talked many times this year about the importance of wai to our existence and why we need to look after it not only for ourselves but also for the earth itself.
The sea always reminds me of the distance our tūpuna (ancestors) travelled and also the water that connects us to other lands around the world. Connection is important.
Water also reminds me of who I am, where I come from and my obligation to share my gifts with others.
Arohanui,
Jo x

From The Outside In

This rock is an extension of yesterday’s rock but instead of being focused on the outside, this rock is about looking in.
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Today another part of myself was revealed to me. I experienced again a releasing of the past and oh boy what a wonderful release and realisation it was.
Many of us wonder through life carrying our bag of compulsions on our back. We may drop off some along the way, but if the very thing that brought about that compulsion in the first place is not released, then we will continue to replace it with another.
Until such time as we let go and allow the healing to take place.

When we look our compulsions in the eye and say – I no longer wish to fight with you, I acknowledge you are there and have served me to manage my life this far, but I am strong now and I let you go. This is progress.
So the outer in the world today was reflected inward and I am so grateful for awareness and letting go my desire to be right and in control for just a moment because in that moment – there was my healing…
Arohanui,
Jo x

A Moment of Yearning

I had a deep yearning today to be in other lands, it was only for a few moments but the yearning was SO strong.
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I thought about my time in Turkey and in that moment wanted to be there with the people and the land. And I thought about other places I had visited and felt this deep longing too…
And a yearning for lands I have not yet been but feel a strong pull to go to – other parts of Europe, Scotland, Cornwall – I have a deep longing to visit these places too. And then places in the US, spiritual places I feel connected to…
I cannot fully explain this longing, a sense of sadness, like something was lost, deep hurt and pain…
A feeling for the earth, a longing to heal and relieve the pain. And feeling the pain of the people too – so much happening around the world and all I want to do is embrace it all…
Arohanui,
Jo x

Share

A gift to another – it does not take a lifetime for a gift given to have an affect on another. Sometimes it can happen in an instant where something given or shared can transform someone’s life forever.

It may be a hug, a smile, a surprise visit, an unexpected gift, loving thoughts sent to another, inspiration, words of encouragement, or no words at all…
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When I started painting a rock a day on January 1st 2011, I did not know how much of an effect this would have on people’s lives. My goal was to be creating everyday and I thought if I shared what I was doing with others – great! And I was holding myself accountable to the task by telling the world! So the world was holding me accountable too!
In hindsight, it has been the most wonderful thing – and I’m so happy that at least one of these rocks, photos and stories has had an effect on someone in some way.
We all have gifts to share and one of my biggest fears about sharing this project was, what will people think? But I’m so glad I never let that get in the way and today with 29 more days left in the year – I’ve faced my fears and put these wonderful healing stones out there!
Because they are healing… the stones, the photos, the kōrero… they have all been worth the effort, every day for the past 336 days! So I encourage everyone to share their stories, gifts and art with others because you just never know who might be watching and who might be needing your help.
Arohanui,
Jo x

Majic

Teia comes home from school yesterday and I was playing the beautiful sounds of Majic and her brother Robbie. She goes, “that’s that girl aye?” And I said, “yeah what’s her name?” And she says, “Majic! Aaaaaahhh!” – and a BIG smile on her face.
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Then she says, “she’s rich aye?” Me – “huh? – Just because someone is an awesome singer and has their music on a CD, it doesn’t mean they’re rich.” She accepted that and then said, “she’s famous aye?”

And all I could say was, one day – she will be. The whole world will hear her beautiful waiata and they will love her! And at such a young age there is so much potential ahead in the future…
We were absolutely honoured to have Majic, Robbie and Ropata in our home, just for a day… and in that one day, I was moved and inspired deeply. Speechless.
And for me, this is real, these are beautiful people doing their thing, not trying to be anyone else but themselves, carrying their kaupapa around the motu and eventually overseas and man, that inspires me.
So I just want to say, rā whānau ki a koe Majic – you inspire me, you and your whānau inspire me and I know that when others hear you sing, they will be inspired by you too. Stay true to who you are and keep going after those dreams because like you say – dreams are for free…
Arohanui,
Jo x
PS – please go and like MajicsMusic page here on FB http://on.fb.me/rLV3L6 If you go to her band profile you will also be able to download some of her beautiful waiata – for free 🙂 And wish her happy birthday for today while you’re there!