Hey guys! This week I spent a lot of time outside and with friends. Earlier in the week, a friend and I explored Maui’s countryside, we ate at a new restaurant, and we visited Maui’s Sacred Garden for the first time! Here’s some photos from the week:
This little farm was really cute. I usually go here during the fall when the pumpkins and sunflowers are growing, so it was different visiting during the summer. They have a cute little country store and lots of little animals too. (Not pictured: two really mean miniature ponies. But I think if I was a miniature pony, I’d be bitter too).
My friend and I ate at a new restaurant (it’s not new, but it’s new to us), and it was really good! It’s in an older part of Kula, which is in Maui’s countryside. I saw this neat old car, and got overly excited. I really like old cars, probably because of watching Top Gear with my dad. Thanks dad.
I’ve been drinking so much tea lately. I stopped drinking coffee about two months ago, and I’ve never felt better. Yes, I’ve had a few cups of coffee since then, but I’ve mainly been sticking to tea. Maybe my Dutch/British boyfriend is rubbing off on me? Who knows. Whatever it is, I’m loving tea. What are you favorite kinds of tea? (I’m obsessed with Teavana, and I’m unashamed)
Also: I highly recommend this book. It’s all about finding yourself, and the meaning of your existence. I’ve heard nothing but praise for it, so I’m excited to read it!
Maui’s Sacred Garden
I’ve lived on Maui for 17 years, and only recently stumbled upon this little slice of heaven. If you couldn’t already tell, I’m utterly obsessed with plants (Exhibit A: My Instagram) As soon as we walked in the entrance, we were greeted by one of the owners: “Welcome to your new favorite place!” Then he showed us to the tea room and offered us tea and some silent meditation before he would give us a quick orientation of the nursery, gardens, reading rooms and labyrinths.
As soon as I walked into the nursery, I felt so calm and ridiculously happy. It was so quiet and serene, I could’ve stayed there all day long.
This smaller, 7-circuit labyrinth is inside the greenhouse, and is the most common universally. Labyrinths are used as walking meditation. Before visiting the Sacred Garden, I’ve never walked a labyrinth before, and honestly I’ve never even heard of one! So this was a unique experience for me.
In the reading room, there was a little book where guests wrote thank you notes, testimonies of how meditation changed their lives, and how their visit to the Sacred Garden increased their happiness and wellbeing.
The Buddha Garden in the center of the nursery was breathtaking. Regardless of your religion or beliefs, I think everyone can benefit from sitting here and meditating. While I was sitting here, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders, and an overwhelming happiness wash over me. Plus, the statue itself was so beautiful. It’s 600 pounds of solid monkeypod wood from Bali, which is incredible.
Labyrinths are often confused with mazes, but this shouldn’t be the case. While mazes are designed to trick you with dead ends and false paths, the labyrinth has only one path leading into the center and the same path leads back out. Mazes are games that cause you to get lost. Labyrinths are paths of peace, prayer and contemplation and are designed to help you find yourself.
Paia is one of my favorite little towns on Maui because of it’s vibrancy and hippie culture. This store is also a favorite of mine. If you want to see celebrities on Maui, this is the place to be. Alice Cooper, Owen Wilson and Steven Tyler frequent this shop, and it has the cutest things inside!
The sunset view from my house is always so stunning. I love my home.