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Ho'Oponopono: Mindful Meditation Wellness Program and Holistic Health

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Learning Something New

A friend of mine sent me a link to a word unfamiliar to me in an email. After reading a bit about it, that word has everything to do with holistic health, mindful meditation, and a wellness program that each of us could incorporate into our daily lives at zero cost. What was that word? It was Ho'oponopono.

Almost everything transmitted via email from this particular friend is always interesting. She is one of the most cheerful people that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and she is generous with helping others in any way that she can. Perhaps this Ho'oponopono accounts for her goodness?

For those unfamiliar with the meaning of that word, this post will serve as an introduction.

Hawaiian Origin

Applying this practice of Ho'oponopono into our lives has everything to do with forgiveness and reconciliation, which not only enhances our spirituality, but it would aid our emotional health as we navigate the turbulent waters of everyday life.

This word originated in Hawaii. Ho'oponopono has been practiced for many years in the islands and has spread to other places around the globe. A Hawaiian woman by the name of Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, who was also a Hawaiian kahuna or shaman, is the founder of the modern-day Ho’oponopono. "Living Treasure" is the title given to her by the State of Hawaii in 1983. You can read more about her in a link at the bottom of this page.

The Place of Refuge, known locally as Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, is a sacred place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Before 1819, people who would have broken laws (kapus) and ordinarily have a death sentence were forgiven their "sins" by resident priests if they could get to this special place without being caught ahead of time. It is now a National Historical Park.

My husband and I were fortunate to have been able to see this location while on a full-day tour of the Big Island many years ago. It is a tranquil place. It also has a spiritual feeling, as most cemeteries do. Many of the past chief's bones are there in the temple on this site. Our learning about this Place of Refuge was fascinating.

According to Wikipedia, Ho'oponopono is in use in the court systems of Hawaii concerning juvenile offenders of the law. Problem-solving, dispute resolutions, and family counseling all take place under the umbrella theory of using this practice of Ho'oponopono.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Another physical place that comes to mind is the confessional booths in many Catholic churches. People go there and recite their "sins" aloud to a priest who then listens and perhaps councils the person ending with some assigned prayers so that the penitent receives absolution.

The priest serves as the intermediary between the penitent and God. If the person seeking forgiveness is repentant, it can be a spiritually healing moment. It can also positively affect physical health. Being forgiven can be a freeing experience in more ways than one!

Problem Solving Steps

Obviously, Ho'oponopono goes a bit deeper, and anyone wishing to become more educated can click on links and study this further. Four simple phrases are put into use repetitively.

What are those four simple phrases?

  • I'm Sorry
  • Please Forgive Me
  • Thank You
  • I Love You
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As most of us know, our emotions can easily spill over into our bodies and become physical ailments as well. Shedding guilt or mental burdens is a positive step towards attaining better health.

If memories of slights, offenses, or worse, can be put in this light of true forgiveness and love, only good can come of it. Carrying around the burden of anger and resentment weighs us down and impacts our interactions and dealings with others in ways small and large. A sense of calm, peace, and well-being is a worthy place to aspire when approaching people and things outside of ourselves.

Ho'oponopono Simplified

Wellness Programs

Most wellness programs that are the most efficient encompass the physical needs of a person plus the psychological and spiritual needs for best results.

That old saying, "Physician heal thyself," alludes to this aspect of dealing with our defects before we worry about or address those in others.

Another saying is, "People who live in glass houses should not throw stones." Are any of us human beings perfect? What right do we have to criticize others?

Addressing problems of any sort with this mindful filter of Ho'oponopono firmly in place would address the outcome in different ways.

If we can truly forgive and love ourselves and others and practice the Golden Rule, which teaches us to treat others as we would like to be treated, this entire world would be a much better place in which to live.

Healing Meditation

Ho'oponopono seems to go hand in hand with not only relaxation but a form of healing meditation as well. It makes sense that we need some quiet time for this type of mindful meditation and incorporating the values of Ho'oponopono into our lives.

Meditative Personal Experience

There was a television in the room when I was sitting by my mother's bedside in hospice. My mother often went to sleep with the TV on after my dad's death. With that thought in mind, I was trying to find something appropriate to listen to on the night before plus the day of her passing.

It is doubtful in those last moments that the outside world had much of an impact any longer as her life was slipping away. However, when I found a channel that played what I would call meditation music, it offered me some comfort as I watched and kept a vigil with my mother.

Accompanying the very repetitive and soothing music were images of a night sky with twinkling stars when it was nighttime in reality. As the sky was lightening outside and daylight was approaching, on the television screen, similar images appeared. A glorious sunrise filled the screen and turned night into day.

Given the occasion of quietly sitting by my mother's bedside, knowing what was about to transpire, that meditative music offered me solace in a way that nothing else could have at the time.

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Has this introduction to Ho'oponopono given you a sense of how this practice ties so many things together? From developing attributes like goodness, morality, and well-being to better learning how to relax and more fully develop one's spiritual side, to even better-addressing problems in one's life, all of this and more can happen by applying the lessons learned by incorporating these practices.

“Oh, infinite Divine Mind,

Through my beloved High Self,

Cleanse this unit of all negativity,

Both within and without,

That it may be a perfect vessel

for Your Presence.

I am sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.”

— From the book “At Zero” by Joe Vitale.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 08, 2015:

Hi Audrey,

So glad you liked this. Your time spent on the Hawaiian Islands must have been wonderful. Those videos with the music and images certainly do encourage peace and tranquility. Appreciate the votes and shares.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 07, 2015:

Dear Peggy - Thank you for this beautiful and much-needed hub. It has helped and inspired me tremendously. The videos are marvelous, bringing peace and tranquility to mind, body and spirit. I spent 8 years on the island of Kauai and time on the surrounding islands.

Voted up++++ and sharing, pinning and more.

Peace and harmony to you Peggy.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2014:

Hi Don,

That is interesting that more Protestants are taking up the idea of confession. Of course the Lord's Prayer which all Christians use has a prayer for confession as a part of it. "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us..." It is also a lesson. We are asking to be forgiven in that prayer but we are being encouraged to also forgive others as we would wish to be forgiven. Powerful message there!

Hope you have a wonderful new year ahead!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2014:

Hi Colleen,

So glad that this was not only informative but useful as well. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

This term of Ho'oponopono was one of which I was unfamiliar but like you said, once one realizes the meaning of is all good. Holding grudges only hurts the one holding them. Learning how to forgive is truly healing and freeing. Glad you liked this and appreciate the good wishes for the new year and the votes and share. Wishing you a wonderful new year to come!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on December 30, 2014:

Hi Peggy. Since you mention the christian practice of confession I thought I would add an observation. In the Catholic church it has become much less popular since Vatican II. On the other hand, I learned a some years ago that it has become more popular among Protestants. According to some Lutheran ministers I knew at the time, confessions could be to a lay person. That would not be true of Catholics. It also would not have any legal protection as confessing to a clergy person would.

Colleen Swan from County Durham on December 30, 2014:

Brilliant hub, pleasure to read. This has introduced me to something I knew nothing about. Nicely explained and great images.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 29, 2014:

I have believed for a long time that holding grudges only holds the holder of those grudges back. Holding a grudge is a burden and I believe it affects the person who holds it adversely far more than it affects the person it is about. I think forgiveness benefits the forgiver far more than the forgiven and that is a good reason to be generous with ones mercy and forgiveness. We all need it sometimes and giving it generously takes a tremendous load off ones shoulders and off one's heart.

What a wonderful article this is! I hope everyone will read it and take it to heart. If there is to be perfection then a person should work within themselves to attain that goal before expecting it of others. A person will know when they have achieved perfection because they will no longer look for it in others.

May the New Year bring good health, prosperity in all that truly matters, and peace and joy throughout the year!

Voted up, BAUI, and sharing with followers!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

Learning about HoOponopono was certainly interesting for me. Glad that you liked it as well. We can all learn something and improve our lives by incorporating these ideas and putting them into use. Thanks for your vote, the share and the wishes of angels. :))

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 20, 2013:


Thank you so much for sharing this. It offers much to enlarge our lives and our sense of well being and hence or connection to others. I am bookmarking this to read and reread. It clearly will have a place in my life.

Voted up and shared :) Sending you many Angels this evening...:) ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hi Eddy,

So glad to hear that you enjoyed this hub about HoOponopono. I love the music and idea of the entire concept. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 29, 2011:

Peggy this is an amazing hub, and one I connect with easily.

you always work so hard on your hubs and this shows but i have to say that this one is my favourite.

Thank you so much for sharing and as well as the usual vote up a bookmark also as I am returning to this one later.

Take care and I wish you a wonderful day Peggy.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2011:

Hi mindfulpractices,

Glad to hear that this holistic health practice worked to help you face your major disappointment. Hopefully your days ahead will be brighter and the disappointments will fade into the background.

mindfulpractices on November 18, 2011:

I used this today when I faced a major disappointment. It helped greatly. Namaste!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hello mindfulpractices,

Glad that you enjoyed this hub about HoOponopono. I had never heard of it until a friend introduced me to it. Thanks for your comment.

mindfulpractices on November 17, 2011:

Thank you for this wonderful series on HoOponopono. It was very enlightening and fits well within Worldwide Holistic Days precepts. Worldwide Holistic Day blog

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 01, 2011:

Hello jami l. pereira,

Oh yes, I still miss my mother. Thank you. So glad that my friend introduced this to me so that I could share this HoOponopono with you and others. The music is peaceful and soothing. Thanks for the votes and comment.

jami l. pereira on October 01, 2011:

Voted up ,awesome,beautiful and useful ,Im terribly sorry about your momma , im sure you miss her . great Hub .Thanks for sharing , i loved the youtube videos you shared in this hub , especially the music , thanks , i needed that! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 08, 2011:

Hello celeBritys4africA,

Glad that you liked this hub about holistic health. Thanks for your comment.

celeBritys4africA from Las Vegas, NV on May 08, 2011:

An awesome hub. Very useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2011:

Greetings kislany,

Thanks for your comment on this hub about holistic health, mindful meditation and a wellness program. Joe Vitale is associated with all of these things. This is definitely just an introduction to Ho'oponopono as you said. It would take time and effort to fully incorporate it into one's daily life...but worth it in the end.

kislany from Cyprus on February 14, 2011:

I've heard about it a while ago when I was listening to one of Joe Vitale's CDs. It was new to me at the time as well, but ever since then, I always associate the two. Nice introduction hub on it, btw.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hello clydelady2,

That word...Ho'oponopono was a new one for me also. Forgiveness is a major part of what it espouses and like you said, it is actually for our benefit. Thanks for commenting on this holistic health and mindful meditation hub.

Nancy Ann from Long Island, New York on February 13, 2011:

I had never heard of Ho'oponopono but I am a believer in forgiveness. Sometimes things are hard to forget but we need to learn how to forgive so we can move forward. Thank you for the great hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2011:

Agreed Billy. Good thing I am not a brain surgeon! Did a bit of surgery on some dead branches of shrubs this afternoon. That was a bit more relaxing. :-)

billyaustindillon on February 12, 2011:

Peggy it is a must in sports and stressful vocations that require a clear mind such as trading, surgery or legal counsel. In reality all modern life is so stressful all could benefit from practicing mindfulness.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2011:

Hello Billy,

Any wellness program should include some mindful meditation. I think that those who are better in practicing holistic health already know and probably practice it. I need to spend more time doing just that! Thanks for the comment.

billyaustindillon on February 12, 2011:

Peggy I am a huge believer in the positive benefits of mindful meditation - a lot of work to get the discipline but well worth it - lots of great self help ads you have selected to get the process going - excellent research.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2011:

Hello 2besure,

You are so right! I think in other cultures these things are intertwined a bit better than what we typically find in the U.S. As more people try focusing on maintaining health instead of only treating illness, perhaps mindful meditation and holistic health practices will become more mainstream. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on February 08, 2011:

There is definitely a mind body connection. I don't know what modern medicine only chooses to treat the body. Great hub, Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 29, 2011:

Hello hjl1,

Glad you liked this hub about holistic health and mindful meditation. It all fits in nicely with a personal wellness program. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 29, 2011:

Hello Mrs. J.B.,

I know what you mean. Wrapping one's tongue around that word, Ho'oponopono, is not easy without some definite practice! Doing some mindful meditation related to holistic health is a good idea. Now...I just need to start doing it! :-) Thanks for your comment.

hjl1 from Scottish Borders on January 29, 2011:

excellent article and highlights the wonderful benifits of mindful meditation.

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on January 29, 2011:

Thank You for such interesting information. I am not sure how to pronounce the word but to make it a part one one's daily life sounds wonderful

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 28, 2011:

Hello Micky,

I was hoping that you would find this hub about holistic health and mindful meditation, Micky. You undoubtedly get to do a lot of meditating when on your bike rides through the beautiful countryside. Your Golden Rule reminders should be part and parcel of any kind of a wellness program for all inhabitants of Mother Earth. The Golden Rule is something to strive for and hopefully attain someday! That is a steep road ahead looking at all the unrest in the world...but like your bike riding, sometimes people have to dismount and walk up that hill a step at a time.

Thanks for the comment.

Micky Dee on January 28, 2011:

Dear Peggy! I just said on the last hub that your greatest always seems to be your last. This one is just wonderful! The music, the words! God bless you dear Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 25, 2011:

Hi susannah42,

Thanks for commenting on this hub about helping oneself with mindful meditation and how it relates to a personal wellness program including aspects of holistic health. The research was interesting. I really liked those videos! :-)

susannah42 from Florida on January 25, 2011:

Good Information. You have done your research.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2011:

Hi Celesta,

In this busy world with so many distractions, having some quiet time is soothing and healing for the soul. That is wonderful that you have been incorporating this mindful meditation and type of holistic health into your daily routine for so many years. That is a smart thing to do.

I need to get on that bandwagon! Thanks for the comment.

Celesta on January 22, 2011:

This is a nice hub. A few years ago I read about Ho'oponopono and decided to incorporated it in my daily meditation yoga exercise program. I have practiced meditation yoga daily while listening to meditation music since 1986.

It is my quiet time to be alone in the privacy of my own home to relax, pray, forgive and let go.

When we let go, we remove the blocks to our being free to forgive and Love completely.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2011:

Hello Prasetio,

As you point out, meditation can be done in our spare time. Given the value of mindful meditation, perhaps we should make time for the holistic health benefits every day and purposely work it in for our health and well being. Thank you for the kind comment and vote up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2011:

Hello Happyboomernurse,

Your statement puts it perfectly! "When one is peaceful within one's core, it radiates to everyone around them." I enjoyed finding out about Ho'oponopono and how it relates to mindful meditation, holistic health and any kind of a wellness program, no matter what it might be called. Forgiveness is really a gift we give ourselves! Thanks for your insightful comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 22, 2011:

You have great information. I love something related with meditation. This is natural healing without side effect. We can do this in our spare time. I love all the video. You have done a great job. I liked it. I give my vote to you. Thanks for writing this, Peggy. You still my favorite writer. My pray always for you. Take care

Blessing and hugs,

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on January 22, 2011:

This is an awesome hub on forgiveness and Ho'oponopono.

I loved the videos and the example you gave about the value of meditation during your mother's final hours. I'm sure she sensed your peaceful presence and love, even though she couldn't view the meditation channel you put on the TV. When one is peaceful within one's core, it radiates to everyone around them.

Thanks for sharing these keys to holistic health.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2011:

Hi Hello, hello,

Thanks for your comment. I know that I learned many things from researching and writing this hub about holistic health and mindful meditation also. Now...the work of implementing some of these things into daily life begins! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2011:

Hello BigSerious,

My mother's death was very peaceful. Thank you for your loving and caring comment. I still miss her terribly!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 22, 2011:

That was awonderful experience reading yours hub. Very interesting. I learnedso much from it. Thank you.

Christen Roberts from Harrisburg, PA on January 21, 2011:

Really lovely hub. I'm very sorry about your mother. The moment, however, sounds peaceful. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

Now to just put all of this holistic health and mindful meditation into practice...! I am going to try using more of this in my everyday life. Thanks for your comment on this wellness program technique called Ho'oponopono.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on January 21, 2011:


This is a great hub. Meditation is very powerful. You have given a wealth of information, resources and videos on the healing of forgiveness. The soft music is very relaxing and comforting. Another wonderful and inspiring hubpage on Holistic Health-Mindful Meditation.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hello dahoglund,

It is actually dipping below freezing last night and tonight as well here in Houston. Have all the old sheets out covering more tender vegetation. Undoubtedly you are talking about MUCH colder temperatures in Wisconsin Rapids. Once it gets below a certain point...cold is cold no matter where one lives! Stay warm and comfortable up there!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hello Louise,

You are probably the only person I personally know that knew about Ho'oponopono. Undoubtedly this accounts for your positive outlook on life!

Thanks for introducing me to it via your email. Now others can learn about it as well. The name alone made me curious! Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hello Pamela,

I can fully understand where the letting go of past memories can help us with our futures and this type of holistic health and meditation techniques ( Ho'oponopono ) can help in that effort. Nice to hear that it helped you and that you felt better after that type of therapy even if it was called by some other name. Have you written about what your son does here on Hubpages? Sounds like it would be interesting! Thanks for the vote and comment.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on January 21, 2011:

We have got quite a bit of snow but not as bad as elsewhere. we were in Minneapolis last week and I think they got about twice as much. It is cold though.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 21, 2011:

Hello dahoglund,

Unlike you, I have never spent much time with this but reading about it I can certainly understand the value of mindful meditation and how it can be a holistic health approach to anyone's personal wellness program. I am going to attempt practicing some of this. It certainly can't hurt anything! It makes good sense that change has to come from within so that we can deal better with personal relationships and the outside world. Thanks for the speedy comment. You are probably snowed in up there in Wisconsin?

Louise Dewey on January 21, 2011:

My dearest Peggy, you have done an excellent Blog on the healing modality that I love the most - Ho'oponopono!

Thank you for taking the time to do this and help educate more people to how to help themselves.

Love you!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2011:

Peggy, I had never heard of this before but it is so interesting to me. My son is a Christian counselor and he is not a traditional counselor like we often think of but the process he uses is almost identical to Ho'oponopono. He worked with me on a few experiences from years ago that were still painful to me and it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders when we finished the process. It is so interesting that they use it in the court also. This is a very interesting hub. The music was awesome. Voted/rated beautiful.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on January 21, 2011:

I once did a good deal of reading in things like Yoga, meditation, hypnosis, book called Pscho-cybernetics and such. I found the all seemed to have some common elements,most of which I am not good at. Relaxation and concentration were foremost. In some cases like hypnosis and self hypnosis the ability to just "let go." It appears that these qualities also apply here.

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