Category Archives: Gratitude

I’m super #grateful for every day I’m alive!


I’m super #grateful for every day I’m alive! I’m excited to try this strawberry #milkshake from Baskin Robins @baskin_robins_family from my friend Claire to boost my #productivity on my work session tonight at Starbucks Waikele @starbucks !!! 😀

We’re lucky to be alive my friends! What’s the chance of that happening? 1 in 400 trillion! Let’s make the most of it and crush it!!! 👊

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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It feels so good to be present and take in the beauty around us.


It feels so good to be present and take in the beauty around us. This is a video of the clouds, skies, and sunset over Waikele, Hawaii on February 19, 2019! Aaaahhh. Recharge!

#bepresent #mindful #mindfulness #skyphoto #sunsetphotography #sunsetphoto #hawaiiphotography #luckywelivehawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiilifestyle #innerpeace #peace #lovelife #lovelifequotes #quote #quotes #peacequotes #thankful #grateful #gratitude #happy #happiness #upliftingquotes #recharge #energyboost #relaxing #naturetherapy #visualtherapy #therapuetic

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The darker I go, the more I grow.


The darker I go, the more I grow.

I talk to parts of me I didn’t know.

Sparks light up everywhere, causing a glow.

I’ll come back stronger a thousand-fold.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 5/26/2019 –

I dedicate this poem to all of you going through your challenges. It came to me in my meditation. I greatly appreciate my darkness because it always generates sparks of inspiration, ideas, and plans that I’ve executed on since I was a kid. Go deep into the depths of darkness and use the dark energy to create light!!!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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I saw the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame with my friends.


I saw the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame with my friends Allen, Janet, and Saizha on May 25, 2019 at Pearl Highlands, Pearl City, Hawaii. Man, Ironman. Heartwrenching.

#marvel #avengersendgame #avengers #movie #actionmovie #superheroes #ironman #friends #mindful #mindfulness #gratitude #grateful #thankful #happy

My friends and I watched the Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame.

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Death has been a strange friend of mine. I love death as much as I love life because death has taught me how to live.


I think about death every day. It has been on my mind since I was brand new to this world. A time when I could count my age with one hand. I remember thinking about it when my uncle Dwight had died. I asked my dad, “What happens after you die?”

He answered, “When you die, you die, that’s it.”

I went to my bedroom and cried on my bed. With the urging of my mom, my dad came to my room and told me that there’s a nice place where people go to after they die.

Understanding my impermanence has been my greatest motivator ever since. I go all-out on every passionate vision that crosses my mind. I’ve tried so many things because of it. I had some nice experiences and some not so nice experiences, but one thing’s for sure, I have no regrets. I would rather try and fail than to not try and wonder what if I had given it a shot? And for the times I did win, man it’s an indescribable feeling of euphoria where you’re so happy you cry in a higher realm because of all the suffering you went through in order to achieve your goal.

No matter how bad life can be, as long as we’re alive, we can still do a lot of damage. You’ll never know what your limits are unless you push yourself to break them. When you befriend death, you love life more. You don’t waste time on petty things many people complain about. Nor do you hate and judge others. These negative types of people may only realize the most important things in life when they face their own imminent mortality if they are lucky enough to have some time to think before they die.

With this state of mind, death has been a strange friend of mine. I love death as much as I love life because death has taught me how to live.

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Hawaii Buddhist Council service at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, May 20, 2019 at Oahu, Hawaii.


This morning was beautiful at Punchbowl Cemetery or the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, May 20, 2019 at Oahu, Hawaii. The Hawaii Buddhist Council, in which I’m a member of had a service for all the veterans. My late great uncle Roy Okubo was a member of the 522nd Artillery and 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

#punchbowlcemetery #nationalmemorialofthepacific #memorial #memorialservice #veterans #military #buddhist #buddhism #mindful #mindfulness #oahu #honolulu #hawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiilifestyle #hawaiiplaces

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I cherish my time with my family. I dedicate my Sundays to be with them.


I cherish my time with my family. I dedicate my Sundays to be with them. My family and I in Hawaii enjoy video calling my sister and her family on the U.S. mainland.

Here’s a collage of photos with my niece and I on April 10, 2019.

Have fun with your family!

With Warmest Aloha,
Jon

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My niece and I.

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