Aroha emanates from this poem by New Zealand Gestalt therapist Anne Maclean. She writes about “The Heart of Gestalt”4:
When I call all my senses home
into my central core
then I know a deep peace
just simply being.
Here is unconditional love and compassion
Heart deepening and expanding
to accept whatever I am
or have been, or will become.
No tugs of war between anything,
and all of me
From: Grounds for Gestalt, Foreground Press, 1994
I’ve been reading/studying about New Zealand since I’m planning to go there late fall. And the term “aroha” surfaced on a website so I did a search on it… and this is an excerpt from a paper about Aroha and Gestalt Therapy which can be found at: http://partnering.inet.net.nz/a/aroha.htm
Beautiful, beautiful concept. And my sense is that it goes so much deeper than this poem… to include all of the natural world. Indeed, All Our Relations…