the edge of hanging ten


(This picture by Jeremy Kemp is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.  Used with permission).

The “hang ten” or “hang loose” sign is a gesture often associated with surfers and the State of Hawaii.

It is also called the “shakra” sign.

The word “shakra” should not be confused with the word “chakra” used for the energy centers of the human body.

The “hang loose” gesture visually conveys the concept of friendship, understanding and compassion among various ethnic cultures.

It has become a visual answer to the question “how is it?” or “howzit?” when a surfer is asking about the current surf conditions.

The “hang loose” is also a gesture with multiple meanings just like the word Aloha.

“Hang loose” is used as a a visual greeting for initial hello greeting as well as a goodbye greeting, a visual thanks and a visual “go slow” gesture.

Aloha is a word used to convey hello, goodbye, peace and love.

What is your edge of hanging loose?

Do you need to take things just a little bit easier?

What is your edge of living the Aloha spirit?

Surf’s up.

Grab your board and surf the energy of life.

Hang ten, bro.


Out There on the Edge of Everything…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.