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. Ha! No wonder you liked my reflection of the surfer/world traveller 🙂

    • Kozo says:

      Yeah, Annie, I actually cruised around in a Kombi in Europe, surfing with a bunch of guys from Sydney. The main difference between me and your crush is that I’m not gorgeous. haha

      • Ah it’s all in the eye Kozo you know…. 🙂
        I know he wasn’t one of them since he’s not from Sydney, and since his travelling wasn’t in Europe but interesting similarities..

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi Kozo! I’ve awarded you with the “Beautiful Blogger” award! Check out my post about it for all the rules, etc. I am halfway through “It Might Get Loud”, btw. Thanks for the recommendation!!

  3. MindMindful says:

    I’m in with the effort to be one of the lift-uppers:)

    • Kozo says:

      Welcome aboard, MindMindful. Thank you for following. Please let me know if you have any suggestions on how we can raise the roof of spiritual consciousness.
      I see that we share the same interest in Amma and laughter. Thankful for your presence.

      • MindMindful says:

        Well, I am ALWAYS glad to meet someone who shares the same journey:) Synergy!!

        I like your phrase “raise the roof on spiritual consciousness” — makes it sound like a lively party, LOL

  4. jiltaroo says:

    Your dream community is how I try to live (imperfectly I guess). I can’t resist the free hugs. Jen

  5. Excellent! Truly fascinating and Inspiring. Again, I am grateful to be part of our online spiritual community. If I can ever be of service, please, just ask 🙂
    P.S. I really like your WordPress Theme. I’m still sorting mine out…not sure. I need it to use Video, as yours does…lovely aesthetic!
    Loving Blessings~ Keep Growing & Flowing 🙏

    • Kozo says:

      Thanks, Jeff. I love how you say “our online spiritual community.” I feel like we have a new place to worship. I am grateful for you and the other members of this very special community.
      “Everyday, in every way, we are getting better and better.”

  6. advocacine says:

    Now I understand why you sounded so positive and quite encouraging re my “plight.” I lived in Pune, India for over three years but I only saw gurus from a distance. I felt more the spirituality of the community and its ambiance when I was with the ordinary people I happened to meet there…
    Let me join you in your effort to build this dream community. Afterall, everything starts in a thought, a dream… like all the seemingly impossible dream projects that I managed to realize for some of the marginalized sectors in our society.

  7. eof737 says:

    I love this Kozo! Good thing I read the post on About pages on WP as I don’t always check them out…I should. Love the photo too. 🙂

  8. Sunshine says:

    Kozo…thank you!

    Your ‘hugging gurus’ are simply charming!
    Going to your home page now… 🙂

  9. pajarigirls says:

    This is why I nominated you for the Liebster Award 🙂 I love this blog…it makes me smile and feel hugged every day, and wanted everyone to know. Here are the details: http://pajarigirls.com/2012/12/17/liebster-award/

    • Kozo says:

      Thanks, Laura. I am honored to be noticed by the cheeky pajarigirls. 🙂 I love your 11 questions. I just shoveled poo yesterday right after I put a brand new diaper on my 2 year old. haha. {{{Hugs}}}

      • pajarigirls says:

        You’re most welcome. As for the poo…nice!! What kind of poo did you shovel? Will it be fertilizer? And a 2 year old human? Again, soooo glad mine are housebroken.

  10. LyannV says:

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to me…I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 award. You can check out your link here http://viewsofmyworld.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/blog-of-the-year-awards/ and I would be honored if you would accept the award 🙂

  11. I love this, virtual hug right back at you!

  12. Your blog is a heart lifter *Huge Smiles*

  13. ajaytao2010 says:

    nice hugging you Manny, it was absolutely relaxing for a minute, wished it would have gone for a longer time, excellent,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections,
    I feel you may find something of your interest.

  14. stillmindzen says:

    Very nice! Pretty much in tune with the ultimate goal of my blog as well… It’s an exploration of the ways in which we are all one rather than separate.
    We all can work together to make this world the best place that it can be for everyone ^_^

  15. […] which has started on the blogosphere; it’s called Bloggers for Peace.    Kozo over at Everyday Gurus started the movement with the intention of actively doing something to create more peace in our […]

  16. […] up in this part of the blogosphere that I share with all of you, I happened to come across the blog Everyday Gurus and Kozo’s idea for a network of bloggers to blog about peace in 2013.  I thought this was a […]

  17. Just dropping by to let you know I’ve nominated you for the shine on award and the versatile blogger award. You can read about on my blog.

  18. […] Host, KOZO, suggested January posts be about our own practice on kindness that hopefully lead into a more peace-filled existence. […]

  19. leazengage says:

    Hello! I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please follow the link below for the rules http://leazengage.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ All the best to you!

  20. […] thanks go out to Kozo, for my 2nd Liebster. If you’ve been a fan of some of my recent artwork, I highly recommend […]

  21. Dawna says:

    I’m baaaaaAck, and I have an award to pass on to you and your blog. I believe you already have it and you are free to accept or decline. I just wished to express my appreciation for the inspiration you instill within me and so many others. BIG hugs to you, my BBF! 🙂

  22. Returning the hug 🙂

  23. leazengage says:

    I feel the love! I especially like your acknowledgement of everyone’s potential to make a difference. Lots of hugs and love for all!

  24. Kozo, I lied, I was reading your blog and let me tell you it’s been the nicest thing I’ve read today.
    I like your style, it’s inspired and calming.
    Kudos to you for this great initiative.

  25. Sarah says:

    Hello, friend! I wrote a thankful post this morning about an award I was given and have passed along to you. You can view it at http://diaryofahouseelf.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/and-the-award-goes-to/ …. Do with it as you will! Just know that it comes with {{{hugs}}} ! s.

  26. johncoyote says:

    Good to have places where peace is a honored word. I have learn no winner in war. Just poor people in the way of guns and violence. Peace must come people with concern for human life. Not making money. I like the words of John Denver. “war is a sin.” I heard on a kid cartoon today. War are ended using the heart. I agree.

  27. Subhan Zein says:

    Thank you for the virtual hug, Kozo. May happiness and love be with you, as always. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  28. Sunshine says:

    hey, Kozo…it’s me, Chuckles, aka blog dog/writer…remember? anyway, here is the thank you for the award you left earlier this month:.http://wp.me/p1RzUf-1M2
    thank you again and WOOF!

  29. This is a wonderful community you have gathered around you, Dear Kozo! Thank you for doing this! And your two {{{Huggers}}}} are adorable 🙂

  30. […] Kozo, jokingly I think, asked about my fuzzy Yoda.  I actually do have an interactive Yoda toy, but he’s not fuzzy.  And he’s in storage so he was absent during the hypothetical fire.  Thank you for your concern, Kozo, but Master Yoda is safe and sound and still able to make that horrible stew that tastes so…yuck. […]

  31. […] NOTE:  Many thanks to Kozo and all his friends who have put such hard work behind the scenes to create Bloggers for Peace, and […]

  32. […] committed to dedicating at least one post a month to PEACE!  The Movement was started by Kozo at Everyday Gurus.   If you’d like to more information please click here.  Better yet, join us and Blog for […]

  33. raimyd says:

    Hi Kozo, I’d like to nominate you for the Vision-In-Action Blogger award. I think you have a wonderful vision for the future of all mankind, your truly awesome efforts to spread peace inspired me to create this “award” as a way to honor those visionary bloggers out there like yourself. Here is the link on how to join the Vision.


  34. I love what you are doing here. Count me in for the Bloggers For Peace Project. I will officially join this weekend if I can figure out how to copy the badge over correctly. Everything in your Dream/Vision statement resonates with me. I will be visiting often. Thank you for everything you are doing here!

    • Kozo says:

      Yay, Steve. Come join the fun. I love that the first thing I saw on your blog was “forgiveness.” Can’t wait to read more. If you need help on the badge, here are 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

      • Thank you for the instructions Kozo and thank you also for the hugs!! I have now added the Bloggers for Peace badge to my blog and can’t wait to get started. Thank you for this great idea! I am glad to be able to participate!

  35. […] up in this part of the blogosphere that I share with all of you, I happened to come across the blog Everyday Gurus and Kozo’s idea for a network of bloggers to blog about peace in 2013.  I thought this was a […]

  36. What a lovely concept! We need more love and compassion spread around, and less scandal, violence, and fear.

  37. 1EarthUnited says:

    Pretty awesome oasis of love you set up here. I’m grateful for this opportunity to know you, and your timeless message of peace for all humanity. I shall strive to help spread awareness of this important endeavor.
    Your boys make perfect poster-kids for peace, they’re sooo adorable!
    Best wishes to you and the entire family. Love ya Kozo, king of {{{Hugs}}}! ♥

    • Kozo says:

      Thanks, Maddy. My boys were just in NYC the past few days and I thought about you, but I was not with them. Maybe we can meet up next time we come out.
      My youngest is the best hugger in the world. haha
      {{{Hugs]}} Kozo

      • 1EarthUnited says:

        Hey that would be so much fun, I’d love to meet the man behind the movement and your lovely family. Wow, real hugs from the best ♥mini-me hugger♥ in the world, can’t wait! Take care chief. 😀

  38. Dieu says:

    Kozo! I’ve nominated you for the Shine On Award. You are the definition of that term, so of course I would nominate your blog. Please feel no obligation to participate since we all lead busy lives.
    Details are here : http://dieuonthegrass.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/shine-on-award/
    Keep on leading with your light.

  39. What a wonderful idea!

  40. aalif says:

    Hi Kozo, I have nominated you for a Liebster Award for all your inspiring posts and virtual hugs! Please do collect it when you have some time from here: http://wp.me/p2x7VR-oM

  41. Hi Kozo! I’m awarding you a Super Sweet Blogger Award!
    Check out my site http://wrestlingpollyanna.com/ to find out the rules. And keep up the great posts!

  42. […] the interest of my writing, and that alone….I will here by decline all, but with a great big KOZO style hug  […]

  43. Kozo, I sent you an email.

  44. […] read the post a day later and Kozo had a brilliant idea: Kozo | April 16, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Reply | Edit {{{hugs}}} merbear. Put a […]

  45. prayingforoneday says:

    Just to say I am glad I found you and you found me on WP.
    Hallo to a fellow “Blogger for peace” Just watching your video and listening to what you said hit a nerve with me, a good one.
    I didn’t think there were other men who thought and talked like me

    Welcome to my Word Press Family

    I made this to pull us all together. I hope over time it can Kozo. You are cool lad

    If you have Skype and can understand a Scottish person, my username is shaunyg1973


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