The Aloha Guru


The blog. The brand. The being. To understand The Aloha Guru, you must first understand the meaning and magic of "aloha" and its ability to empower your mind and transform your life.

Aloha, my Pineapple!
My name is CT McGee and I am The Aloha Guru. My purpose is to help as many people as possible cultivate aloha, share aloha, and spread aloha to help improve people's lives and make our world a better place. But, in order to understand my purpose, you must first understand what is aloha.

What is Aloha?
"Aloha" means more than just "hello" and "goodbye," as you may have heard it. While its literal meaning is "the breath of Life," according to the Hawaiian culture, aloha is any intention, gesture or act that brings love, kindness, compassion, peace, mercy or affection into your life and to those around you. Therefore, aloha is a way of treating each other with love and respect and as well as living in harmony with others and Nature.

Aloha first begins with learning how to love yourself and then spreading that love to others. When you have the aloha spirit, you not only cultivate positive feelings and thoughts, but you also radiate them outward. This is how you create harmony in your life.

I suggest approaching my concept in aloha like anything else that’s new or different - with an open mind, optimism and practice. Having the aloha spirit does not mean one is expected to be perfect all the time - always nice, kind, positive, loving or compassionate. While it would be nice if we were, it is more realistic to accept that we are all human. And, as humans, we all have moments when our aloha spirit can be tested. This is why I emphasize practicing aloha. Practice doesn't necessarily mean or ensure perfection. So, don't worry about having to be perfect at cultivating or sharing aloha since it’s the intention that counts. Practicing aloha, however, does create progress in your life. All you can do is your best in any given situation. Since many situations test us, every situation is an opportunity to practice aloha!

What is The Aloha Guru?
The Aloha Guru is not only the name of my blog, but it is also my brand. And, my brand is me. Using the word "guru," to mean teacher and guide, my hope is to enlighten, empower and inspire the six elements of aloha in your life. This website is a resource that includes daily affirmations, aloha tips, wellness blog, ideas for random acts of kindness, inspirational quotes, and my "Aloha Is” series, a collection of short stories to help you find, recognize and create aloha in your own life. I also offer articles of information to help empower you to live a life of courage, confidence, and happiness.

As an empowerment coach, empath, writer, poet, podcaster, and wellness advocate with over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, I understand aloha to be any attitude, thought, or way of being or behaving that benefits your mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, I use aloha to improve myself and to improve the lives of others.

Coined "Aloha Mana Empowerment," I use aloha in my approach to coaching and empowering others to greatness. This means I use aloha to help comfort people in times of suffering, to help them heal from emotional pain, overcome challenges, dissolve conflict, solve their own problems, follow their passions, move forward with hope, lift their spirits, live with purpose, and create positive outcomes in their own lives.

In Hawaiian culture, "mana" means “magical power” or the “spiritual energy of power and strength" that exists in objects and people. In Maori culture, a person with “mana” is spiritually powerful, influential and courageous, yet humble. Therefore, I also use mana to mean the power of the aloha spirit as in the positive result of cultivating and practicing aloha. For example, by cultivating the aloha spirit, you have learned to love yourself and as a result of loving yourself more, you have been able to develop a healthy, intimate relationship with someone else. That is aloha mana.

Therefore, as The Aloha Guru, I teach, motivate, inspire and empower others with the power of love, kindness, compassion, peace, mercy and affection to help them create a life of optimal health, happiness and success. My methods include blogging, motivational speaking, podcasting, personal coaching and fitness coaching. I have also recently created my own YouTube channel, The Aloha Guru, where I share my "Pineapple Raps" about "My Pineapple Posse," a tool used to raise awareness and address the struggles young people have today with low self-esteem and lack of self-worth.

What is the Power of Aloha?
Aloha strengthens your mindset and your sense of self or, as I call them, your “self-powers.” Your self-powers include self-love, self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, self-compassion, self-acceptance and self-belief. When you learn to cultivate love, kindness and compassion for yourself, you are more likely to have the inner strength and positive mindset to develop courage and confidence. Courage and confidence are the tools you need to pursue your goals and dreams and achieve optimal health, happiness and success. The more positive your thoughts, the more positive your actions will be. The more positive your actions, the more positive your results will be. Therefore, aloha is the key to becoming your best self and creating your best life.

We all have the power to bring aloha into our lives. But, first, you must choose to believe you deserve to love yourself and be loved by others. Secondly, you must choose to believe you have the power and the ability within yourself to make a positive difference in your own life. If you don't believe in these things or simply don't know how, I can show you. Using my collection of inspirational quotes and stories I call the “Aloha Is” series, which include examples of aloha in my own life, I will not only show you that it is possible to love and believe in yourself, but I will also show you how to cultivate, find and create aloha in your own life.

I believe that when you cultivate aloha, your whole life changes for the better - starting with your relationship with yourself as well as with others. In fact, just by changing your relationship with yourself, you change your relationship with others. How? When you think, act and treat yourself in a kinder, more loving and compassionate way, you naturally create a safer space in your mind to build the courage and the confidence needed for setting new goals, dreaming new dreams and trying new things. This boost of courage and confidence triggers positive actions that move you in the direction of your goals and dreams. As a result of your actions, people around you will change in how they respond and interact with you and the life you are creating by and for yourself.

There is no act too small or too insignificant in cultivating, sharing and spreading aloha. It all adds up. It all starts with your thoughts and attitudes and ultimately plays out in your actions. When you cultivate aloha, you believe in yourself more, you are more willing to get out of your comfort zone and you are more willing to take healthy risks. Therefore, you start taking action to create a healthier, happier and more successful you!

The power of aloha (or aloha mana) lies in the results you achieve, such as a better outlook on life; a stronger mindset; a stronger sense of self; a stronger, fitter body; a healthier marriage; healthier relationships at work; recognition or advancement in your career and a warm, nurturing home environment for your family.

Aloha...
  • Brings gratitude into your life.
  • Teaches you to not take people or things for granted.
  • Shows you the goodness in others.
  • Invites you to find the positive in every day.
  • Guides you to live in the moment.
  • Motivates you to move your body.
  • Broadens your mind and your horizons.
  • Urges you to move on, move forward and aim higher.
  • Helps to heal old wounds.
  • Gives you hope.
  • Creates endless possibilities.
  • Inspires true greatness.
  • Empowers you to grow, change, evolve and transform.

And, how do I know all this?
Because it happened to me....and, I believe it will happen to you!

Live, Love and Lead with Aloha!