Ho’oponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Similar forgiveness practices were performed on islands throughout the South Pacific, including Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. Traditionally ho’oponopono is practiced by healing priests or kahuna lapa’au among family members of a person who is physically ill. Modern versions are performed within the family by a family elder, or by the individual alone. In our fast paced world, many people practice a simplified version of ho’oponopono by reciting these four statements:

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

Looking in the mirror when verbalizing the four statements does wonders for positive reinforcement, but the beauty of ho’oponopono is it can be said anywhere and anytime. So when you are feeling in need of reconciliation and forgiveness of self, repeat the four statements softly to yourself. Then just be.

Be sure to watch the short You Tube clip below of the ho’oponopono song.