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As we head into the busy holiday season, Ho’oponopono can be a helpful strategy to help alleviate stress, improve physical well being and promote inner peace.


Having a moment of calm to reflect on one’s sentiments within an increasingly hectic schedule may not necessarily necessitate a quiet space, a few minutes off, or absolute detachment from the outer world. Ho’oponopono is a strategy for making your daily life less stressful via mental and spiritual cleaning without the need for religious teachings or yoga postures.

What is Hoʻoponopono?

In Hawaiian, the term “ho’o” signifies “cause,” whereas “ponopono” denotes “perfection.” The phrase “ho’oponopono” may be interpreted as “set things right” or “fix a mistake.” It is a simple technique that requires little instruction, yet it is highly effective for cleaning one’s body and removing unpleasant memories or thoughts from one’s mind.

How can it be practiced?

This approach consists of four easy stages, the sequence of which is unimportant. The only forces at work are repentance, forgiveness, gratitude, and love - yet these forces are pretty powerful.

The most excellent aspect of this practice is that you can do it by yourself; you don’t need anyone else to be there or to hear you. The words can be “spoken” in your thoughts. The power is in the sentiment and the Universe’s willingness to forgive and love.


Step 1: Repentance – Say, “I’m Sorry”

Individuals recognize, admit, and repent for their responsibility in a specific scenario using this component of the mantra. In a relationship conflict context, the individual saying the mantra will address the aggrieved party to bring about reconciliation. When someone says the mantra for their well being, they use this component to express and take responsibility for the decisions they have made that have injured their body.

Step 2: Request Forgiveness – Say, “Please forgive me”

As forgiveness is essential for ho’oponopono to function correctly, persons must first sincerely seek forgiveness for their acts, which may involve requesting forgiveness for any conscious or unconscious actions. People must learn to forgive themselves and use this component of the mantra to release any bad sentiments that have chained them to the past to experience inner healing.

Step 3: Gratitude – Say “Thank You”

This aim is a declaration of giving thanks; it makes no difference who or what you’re being grateful for. This feature also urges people to have a thankful mentality in their lives.

Step 4: Love – Say, “I Love You”

Expressing love to others can lead to social connectedness, which is essential for general well being; despite disagreement and potential wrongdoing, individuals who practice ho’oponopono maintain love and respect for one another. Ho’oponopono promotes and strengthens links within relationships, a component of social well being that is sometimes missed in a standard wellness plan, which is more likely to focus solely on physical and occasionally emotional wellness.

Why Practice Ho’oponopono?

Individuals who study and implement the fundamental principles of ho’oponopono may profit from the following:

  • enhanced mental health, particularly anxiety and sadness

  • reduced stress

  • improved physical well being

  • improved emotional control

  • better relationships

  • more effective conflict resolution

  • inner peace

What is there to not like about this practice? Be sure to implement it in your daily life and stick with it to obtain the maximum reward!

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