I have been working with three principles identified by Hawaiian elder Hale Kealohalani Makua, given in The Bowl of Light by Hank Wesselman. These are clearly not just airy aphorisms but precepts that represent states of being to be cultivated with attention over time, much like The Four Agreements taught by Don Miguel Ruiz. The three kapus (sacred directives) of the spiritual warrior:
Love all that you see—with humility
Live all that you feel—with reverence
Know all that you possess—with discipline
Judith and Jim Nourse with Kahuna Stanley Kopa Kaluahine
All people climb the same mountain. The mountain, however, has many pathways–each with a different view. A person knows only what he sees from his own pathway, and as he moves, his view will change. Only when he reaches the top of the mountain will he see and understand all the views of mankind. But who among us has reached the top of the mountain? Tomorrow, we too will see a different view. We have not finished growing.
–from Tales From the Night Rainbow, by Koko Willis and Pali Jae Lee