‘Follow Your Heart And The Rest Will Follow’

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    Author Yves Nager and wife and editor Eunjung Choi pose for a photo in the great outdoors. In Yves Nager’s book Hawaiian Rebirth he encourages readers to reconnect with nature whenever possible, which he says is a huge part of living a more balanced and fulfilling life.

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    Front cover of Hawaiian Rebirth by Yves Nager. His book can be purchased in Princeville at Malelia’s giftstore at Hanalei Bay Resort and Talk Story bookstore in Hanapepe. Nager will be at book signing to for Hawaiian Rebirth at Talk Story on March 6.

For those looking for a little more out of life than simply paying the bills, Yves Nager’s book “Hawaiian Rebirth” is a must read. Inspired by a series of unfortunate, yet enlightening life events, Nager pursued his own journey of self discovery, and shares his experiences fearlessly hoping that others will follow suit, so that others may also discover their life’s purpose. Nager’s “Hawaiian Rebirth” is a practical guide on how to overcoming one of the most challenging obstacles facing people today, made all the more intimidating due to the tumultuous and fast-paced era that is our world today: one’s own mind and personal fears.

Early on Nager writes, “Money is one of the main reasons many people believe they can’t improve their situation and start living a passionate, purposeful life […] money alone does not bring long-lasting happiness.” In the past Nager was once an insurance agent, and though he now is a holistic healing facilitator, he draws on his previous experiences to make his point, “When you look at the world, you see that economic crises or natural disasters can turn people’s lives upside down. No matter how well you do in life and how much insurance you buy, there are always financial risks.”

There are always risks when it comes to going after what you want in life, it would seem, and isn’t that what makes the rewards that much sweeter?

“Hawaiian Rebirth” is full of fascinating life questions and answers. There also are mental and physical exercises, diagrams, wisdom from ancient civilizations, and nature, including Hawaiian culture within its pages.

Cultural knowledge is shared through his shared stories and experiences from life and his workshops involving holistic healing as well as his visits to sacred sites with clients, such as the Great Pyramids in Egypt, temples in Bali, and heiau in Hawai‘i. Together Nager and his wife travel with groups to sacred sites to bear witness to the beauty and magnificence of these culturally significant and revered places, in hopes of promoting spiritual healing and positivity to better enrich one’s life.

Nager also incorporates Yoga Nidra as a means to help people to relax, reflect, and find peace.

Nager’s message is simple, though implementing that message will likely take a lot of hard work and self reflection: Self improvement and the path toward finding out your skills, life purpose and fulfilling one’s destiny is within reach as long as you’re willing to go after it.

Nager lives on Kaua‘i with wife and editor Eunjung Choi. Choi says to begin your journey of self discovery to simply, “Look into your mind and heart to [discover] your essence.” Nager and Choi strongly emphasize the importance of embracing “what makes you you” in order to become the happiest and most fulfilled version of one’s self.

Choi helps to run Nager’s holistic healing and spiritual journey workshops, and describes her role as being an intuitive guide and spiritual journey facilitator.

Choi and Nager share that in life achieving balance is key, and though the idea applies to all aspects of life, they use health and wellness as an example.

Choi explains “When you are ill you are imbalanced. When you are balanced [that is how] you become well. You must achieve balance.” Meditation is also recommended for self reflection and maintaining balance.

There are three basic ways the couple recommend to help cultivate the healing and positivity necessary to achieve a happy, balanced life: connecting with nature, being grateful, and forgiveness.

At times making your life more fulfilling is literally a walk in the park.

Other times, it can be difficult when you live faraway from nature or have a busy schedule that makes being able to go out in nature challenging. Nager provides tips on how to create your own peaceful environment at home including tending a garden or by, “Playing [inspiring] music, visualizing images from nature if you have to, or perhaps bringing flowers into your home.”

Write down five things that you are grateful for everyday. “Your awareness turns toward the good things in your life. Things will show up that you realize you are grateful for.”

Nager also explains the significance of the Hawaiian forgiveness ritual Ho‘oponopono in his book, and forgiveness in general, “Forgive others, do all that you can do to be at peace.”

“Hawaiian Rebirth” can be purchased at Malelia’s gift store at Hanalei Bay Resort in Princeville as well as Talk Story book store in Hanapepe.

Visit yvesnager.com for more information about “Hawaiian Rebirth”.

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