Stress Relief Tool – Hakalau

If you get anxiety before giving an important presentation, this tool is for you.

Hakalau is a light meditation suited for calming you before you need to present. It originates from the ancient Hawaiian Huna system called “the walking meditation of the kahuna” because the kahuna (a wise man or shaman) who practiced it were able to walk around and function while remaining in the state. There are five steps to this form of meditation:1

  1. Pick a spot on the wall to look at, preferably above eye level. Your field of vision should bump up against your eyebrows, but not so high as to cut off the field of vision.
  2. As you stare at this spot, just let your mind go loose, and focus all your attention on the spot.
  3. Notice that within a matter of moments, your vision begins to spread out, and you see more in the peripheral than you do in the central part of your vision.
  4. Now pay attention to the peripheral. In fact, pay more attention to the peripheral than to the central part of your vision.
  5. Stay in this state for as long as you can. Notice how it feels.

You are now calmer and more aware of your surroundings, and you are now more present and more ready to give a great presentation. As you practice Hakalau more and more, you will find that it can help dissipate your stress in other situations like conflict management with your peers and/or loved ones.


  1. James, M. – Sleep, Cycles and Rebooting Your Brain with Meditation

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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