About Us

On July 22nd, 2015, I was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. The doctors insisted that I start chemo and radiation to prepare for surgery. When I “ ua ‘ike” (peered) into my “na’au” (guts), where I was told the tumor was, it became clear that conventional medicine was not the best path for my healing, so I began treating this dis-ease with Hawaiian healing arts like pule, ho’oponopono, and aloha. I have faith in my kûpuna and ‘aumakua to provide the most appropriate healing for my soul, whatever form that may take.

Do you need a hug? This blog is my attempt to give a virtual hug to anyone who needs one. GET A HUG NOW. Actually, I’d love to create a community of everyday gurus who uplift, embrace, and inspire each other and everyone around them.

The Dream/Vision

This dream community would look something like this:

  • We are committed to creating peace in our lives, homes, communities, and world. See Bloggers for Peace.
  • We are a community that is devoted to the pursuit of happiness through lovingkindness, gratitude, compassion, and empathy. See 5 Steps to Peaceful Resolution.
  • We strive for happiness regardless of material conditions, relationship status, or past history. Click to Re-hydrate Your Spirit.
  • We share the miracles of everyday life to inspire, instruct, and support others and ourselves. For example, Friends and Enemies.
  • We try to maintain peace of mind, equanimity, and lovingkindess at all times.
  • We try to be open to all points of view.
  • We even try to love our enemies.

Feel free to join our community by clicking on the Free Hugs button in the right hand menu bar.

Hugging Gurus

The Catalyst

My goal is to simply be a catalyst for this blog. In no way, shape, or form do I claim to be a guru of any sort. This blog belongs to anyone who reads, comments, or smiles on the blog.

Pleased to Meet You…

I am a “Manny” for two beautiful sons. I am learning to be thankful for all the miracles that occur everyday. Previously, I was a surfing filmmaker, a college English teacher, and a world traveler.  Having spent time in India with famous gurus, I noticed that many  everyday people, places, and things could be just as powerful as meeting self-realized masters.

Please Share

This blog is a sanctuary for all to share their experiences with their own everyday gurus. Every comment will receive a virtual hug. {{{Hug}}}

Guest posts welcome. Email everydaygurus@gmail.com

Thank you for reading, sharing and/or smiling.


123 comments on “About Us

  1. Oh, I love hugs! 🙂
    Love your blog too, I like the positivity and the caring for others it clearly shows!

  2. prayingforoneday says:

    Bouquet of three awards
    Please accept these 3 awards


  3. This is a beautiful idea…and brings so much joy to my heart that you have helped us all to spread the word of peace to all…peace to ourselves…peace to one another.

  4. Question: I do not know how to attach the BLOGGERS FOR PEACE Icon to my blog. I went to the widget…but I do not know what the URL link is…can you help me? Thank you! Namaste! and Shalom!

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Here are badge instructions:
      First, right click on the badge on my site and “save image as…” on your computer.
      Next, you need to upload it as an image in your media file as if you were going to put it in a post. I see that you have images on your site, so it is the same process. Go to Dashboard>Media>add new. Upload image from your computer to wordpress–it is probably in your downloads folder.
      Then add the “image” widget to your sidebar–dashboard>appearance>widgets>drag image widget to sidebar.
      Then you go back to the media and click on edit next to the badge. You will get a “file URL” on the right.
      Copy and paste that in your image widget where it says “image URL.”

      Let me know if you need any help. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

  5. […] other lovely people worth mentioning are: Sofia Siberia, Maddie Cochere, Kozo, Dianne Gray, Anka, and Rohan over at Rohan 7things. You have all become friends of mine and I […]

  6. tiramit says:

    Hi there! I’m nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Best Moment Award. To find out more, please click here:http://dhammafootsteps.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/mind-boggling-blog-awards-1/

  7. […] Kozo made a videolog about patriarchy, take 5 minutes of your time and watch it. […]

  8. […] writing this as part of the monthly peace challenge posted by Everyday Gurus, which could not have come at a better time for me and my LOML (Love of My […]

  9. prayingforoneday says:

    I am all set up and ready to go with a Radio Show Kozo


    I was wondering if you could use your blog to help me get this going. I am part of “Bloggers For Peace” and the show will be centred around Word Press. Also if it works, would LOVE you to come on from time to time..Seen your video, would LOVE a debate.
    Here is the blog on it:


    It is also at the top of my blog page.

    As I say always say, more love, less hate.


  10. […] at everyday gurus has issued June’s Monthly Peace Challenge, the topic of which is Peace at Home.  This is my […]

  11. bloomlisa says:

    Hi Kozo, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!! I loved your blog from the moment I laid eyes on it and after we connected on Amma I was hooked. I look forward to seeing more!! I am so very grateful to you for this inspiration & all of your hard work. You can see my post here: http://bloomlisa.com/2013/06/19/inspiration-can-pop-up-when-you-least-expect-it/

  12. Jnana Hodson says:

    In response to Brooke’s Sister’s nominating me for a Super Sweet Blogger award, I’m extending a nomination to you as well. You’re free to decline, of course. Or should you accept, there are five requirements. Either way, thanks for all the fine posts you’ve been sharing. Tootles!
    1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger who nominated you.
    2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions. (See below.)
    3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post. (It’s the cupcake illustration.)
    4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other deserving bloggers.
    5. Notify your Super Sweet nominees on their blog.
    1. Cookies or Cake? Both?
    2. Chocolate or Vanilla?
    3. Favorite Sweet Treat?
    4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things the Most?
    5. Sweet Nickname?
    Here’s hoping you accept.

  13. […] from Everyday Gurus closes the Feminism week today on The Outlier Collective with a […]

  14. Ariana Joi says:

    Hi! Just wanted to say that your blog inspired me to take up the habit of recording 5 things I’m grateful for everyday (just started today). I hope to get in touch with you to catch up sometime!


  15. FrolicMe says:

    If you ever get a moment I would LOVE to know how to categorise my headings in the same way you have as have been looking everywhere for information on how to get specific posts to appear on new pages…any help you can give would be VERY gratefully received.

    Fingers crossed and many thanks

    Anna x

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Hey Anna,
      No problem. Go to Dashboard>appearance>menus
      You can edit menus there. If you don’t have that option, your theme might not support menus, so you might have to change themes.
      Hope that helps,
      {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

  16. Lu Gualberto says:

    You’ve got an award! http://shesadopted.com/2013/06/28/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ ~ A Very Inspiring Blogger Award 🙂

  17. yarnspinnerr says:

    This is a lovely post. Hugs.


  18. […] monthly Peace Challenge from Kozo at everydaygurus for the Bloggers for Peace (B4Peace) is to write a letter for […]

  19. Love this. What a great idea.x

  20. Hello Kozo. I have been fairly silent regarding my posts for Bloggers for Peace the last couple of months – at least as far as posting things directly related to the monthly topics. I wanted to let you know this is only temporary and I hope to catch up on my posts soon. Thank you for everything you do!

  21. Kelly Kuhn says:

    Kozo, I’m sure you’ve been nominated for several gazillion awards, many times for each one, but I feel so blessed by you that I needed to nominate you for the WordPress Family Award. Namaste. http://www.kellykuhn.com/2013/08/wordpress-family-award/

  22. sakuraandme says:

    Hello Kozo,
    I hug the world in my blog and will take your hugs anyday!!!

    Thanks fpr stopping by my blog. Hugs to you. Paula xxx

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      I’ve seen your name on comments and always taken notice since I’m Japanese American with a soft spot for cherry blossoms. I loved your advice on raising children. As you can see I have two young sons and am trying the best I can not to mess them up. Your post reminded me how simple my job is. {{{Hugs]}} kozo

  23. […] was inspired to write this post as a response to Kozo’s beautiful work I Will Rise.  He spoke of an interaction where he was able to change his response […]

  24. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

    What an Awesome Find!! I just love your blog, full of *Inspiration* and encouragement! I’m a new Fan. I really enjoy up lifting blogs, and here you have out done your selves! I know I’ll be by often 🙂 The photo of the 2 little ones are *ADROABLE* your very Blessed! Have a Great Week!

    God Bless,
    Author, Catherine Lyon 🙂

  25. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

    I so enjoy coming and spending time here that I have Nominated & Passed on some LUV of *The WordPress Family Award* your way! All the details are here: http://CatherineLyonAddictedToDimes.wordpress.com/My-Fabulous-blogger-awardsyes-you-can-be-fabulous-in-recovery/ *Congrats* and Thanks for your Positive Message!

    Author, Catherine Lyon 🙂

  26. […] you Kozo at everyday gurus for your role in helping me move into this shift in perception.  After a long day of processing, I […]

  27. ulawyss says:

    Because your blog makes me smile, you have been nominated for the sunshine blogger award 🙂 http://www.ulawyss.com/sunshine-blogger-award/

  28. Dilip says:

    Hi. I feel so enriched visiting and reading your thoughts! Cheers 🙂

  29. I want you to know I am giving you the “Field of Flowers” award. You can read about it here: http://appletonavenue.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/field-of-flowers/

  30. […] was possible. One way that life does this, which so many neglect to notice, is by sending us everyday gurus. These are interesting people of all ages, not necessarily famous people, or rich or highly […]

  31. seaangel4444 says:

    I am so incredibly grateful to be following your blog. I love giving virtual hugs to everyone I meet here in Chicago. Sometimes you can tell that a huge is truly the energy that will make all the difference. Thank you so much for your wonderful energy and thought-provoking posts. I am looking forward to reading a lot more! Big hugs, Cher xo

  32. I needed a hug. Thanks.

  33. seaangel4444 says:

    Hi dear Kozo, I have nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award! Please follow this link to my blog for more details: http://wp.me/P4doQv-9K Thank you, Kozo! Hugs and gratitude, Cher xo

  34. So glad to have found your blog Kozo 🙂 What a fantastic idea. I truly believe this is one of the ways to bring the light of peace into the world. Protest can create its own negative energy, we need to start small, with ourselves, our family and friends. When there is enough meeting of minds, of positive energy vibration, the world will change. Darkness cannot exist in the presence of light. Hugs and blessings to you 🙂

  35. Phoenix Tears Healed says:

    Hi I love your blog; please could you tell me, are we allowed to join even if we are still angry about certain life events, or as we to wait until we have resolved things? I kinda find that working towards peace is a life journey 🙂

  36. Geo Sans says:

    big hug
    for your
    new journey
    I’m wishing your heart
    to be filled
    with love
    take care

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