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Our mindset is everything!


Our mindset is everything. A positive mindset affects us tremendously and everyone we interact with. Here are 3 examples:

1. If we have a positive outlook, our problems are seen as challenges.

2. With a positive mindset, our bad events are interpreted as as our inciting incidents for our hero’s journey.

3. With an #empathic #practice, when people attack us, we look deeper in their souls and realize they are suffering within themselves, so we wish them to awaken to practices that can make them happier.

The list goes on and on.

My daily practices: positive mindset and music! I have my @bose #headphones on and rocking it!

Wishing you the best in your daily practice for a happier life!

With Warmest Aloha, Jon

#mindset #positivemindset #problems #challenges #badevent #incitingincident #empathy #suffering #anger #awakening #positive #practices #love #compassion #aloha #selfdevelopment #selfhelp #selfimprovement #bose

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Bad dream, but on the right path now


I just woke up from a bad dream where I was with one of the two former business partners who stole money from my other business partner and I. I woke up with my heart racing. I began thinking of my other bad experiences in my career, where certain judges and politicians punished me harder because of the high positions I held in government at a young age, to make an example of me before others and sometimes the public. Power and money play a role in making people do mean things against others. My good friend Brandon Mitsuda texted me this beautiful picture of Capri, Italy. I want to vacation there when things settle down. I feel much better. I know I’m on a better path now. I’m seeking peace within me. May peace be with all of you as well.

#politics #law #business #entrepreneurship #powerhungry #greed #jealousy #peace #innerpeace #aloha #compassion #empathy #nonattachment #hawaii #capri #italy 


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Keep flying with positivity!


When you work hard and put yourself out there, people will judge you, hate you, and punish you harder, but you keep going for the smiles and tears on the faces you’ve helped. Keep flying with positivity my friends!

#goals #work #hate #peace #innerpeace #staypositive #positivity #positiveenergy #aloha #love #compassion #empathy #mindfulness #gratitude #quote #quotes #nonattachment

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We can spread peace with simple acts of kindness


I’m feeling much happier today, September 18, 2017 after feeling anxiety in my personal life and career for the past 11 days or so.  At 8:00 A.M., I had the first part of my annual physical at the hospital.  Throughout the morning, I was texting my business partners in a different time zone/country.  Then at 10:00 A.M., I took the minutes of the Hawaii Buddhist Council (Higashi Hongwanji, Mission of Hawaii, honda Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission of Hawaii, Nichiren Mission of Hawaii, Soto Mission of Hawaii, and Tendai Mission of Hawaii) as it Secretary for 2017.  After the meeting, Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bishop Emeritus Gensho Hara gave me a gift.  Next, I reviewed and signed an EPA review for the repair and maintenance that we are contracting a Hawaii company to repair and repaint our buildings for Jodo Mission of Hawaii.  Also, I reviewed a trust from a deceased member of Jodo Mission of Hawaii who was the secretary for my political influencer, Governor John A. Burns, and she had left some money for our organization.

When I returned home, I received a couple of good news from my business partner who I was texting in the morning in regards to traction for our project.  Then I opened my gift from Bishop Gensho Hara, and was so delighted to see this glass display of Buddha.  As President of Jodo Mission of Hawaii for 7 years, I was fortunate to have worked with Bishop Hara who served as Bishop for 8 years.  He has shared with my so many teachings of compassion, and touching stories of people who have come to his temple at Lahaina, Maui from different walks of life and with diverse ethnicities.  They sought refuge from life’s problems, and prayed/meditated for strength to attain inner peace.  One 30-something-year-old Vietnamese woman prayed everyday at about 5 A.M. before the large statue of Buddha at his temple, and she’s now becoming a leader of Buddhism on the U.S. mainland.  A middle-aged Caucasian male who was a U.S. military veteran of the Vietnam War would visit him, enjoying the rice that Bishop Hara’s wife made.  He was sad with the passing of his wife a couple of years ago, and ended up shooting himself to death.  It’s these touching stories that taught me the importance of love, compassion, empathy, mindfulness, and gratitude.  When I told Bishop Hara that someday, after I make money, I can do more, he would gently shake his head with a slight smile – I understood his gesture, that even our simple acts of kindness can go very far to touch another’s soul.  We can spread peace, even without money.

#peace #innerpeace #compassion #empathy #love #mindfulness #gratitude #aloha #buddhism #jodoshuhawaii #jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshu #jodomission

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Bishop Gensho Hara and I at the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions 41st Biennial Convention

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Peace Day with Jeannie Lum


Shedding some tears for peace with my friend and University of Hawaii Professor, Jeannie Lum, a key organizer for Peace Day Hawaii held at SGI USA, Honolulu, Hawaii on September 16, 2017. Peace Day Hawaii briefly recognized me for introducing legislation in 2007 to make Hawaii the first State in the U.S. to  recognize Peace Day on September 21st. I chaired the organization in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

#peace #innerpeace #peaceday #peacedayhawaii #internationaldayofpeace #aloha #gratitude #love #emotional #honolulu #hawaii

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Peace Day with Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin


With Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin at Peace Day Hawaii 2017 at SGI USA, Honolulu, Hawaii on September 16, 2017. Attorney General Chin and I met at my office when I was Chairman of the Judiciary Committer in the Hawaii State House of Representatives in 2009 when he was First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu. Chin made a speech on equal rights. I thanked him for all his work. I’m so proud of him. He’s been defending equality for immigrants from policy moves made by U.S. President Donald Trump. Peace Day Hawaii briefly recognized me for introducing legislation in 2007 to make Hawaii the first State in the U.S. to  recognize Peace Day on September 21st. I chaired the organization in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

#peace #innerpeace #peaceday #peacedayhawaii #internationaldayofpeace #aloha #gratitude #love #emotional #attorneygeneral #hawaiiattorneygeneral #honolulu #hawaii

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Is Peace Forever Elusive?


Is peace forever elusive? It seems, so long as there are humans, there will always be those who hurt others emotionally and physically. Yet, it is the energy of negative people that fires up the power of those who are positive. With bad people, as much as their acts feels terrible, they make the world more challenging and gives the good people a greater purpose. If the world was perfect, we may take things for granted because there would be less bad experiences to compare to, and there would be no need for heroes. So long as there are people who harm others with words or might, it is the hero in all of us who will keep the world tipped towards compassion, empathy, and love.

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