Get Outside: Long Island Local Events

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HIKE – Brookhaven State Park, from Shoreham High School

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Presented by: Long Island Group
Leader: Mrs Jane Fasullo – 631-689-1568 jfas1@optonline.net
Registration: Registration Optional
Level: Moderate
Location: 2 Defense Hill Road, Shoreham, NY 11786, USA
5 – 6 mi., 2 hrs., mostly rolling to flat, moderate pace with some stops.

Walk from behind the Shoreham-Wading River High School into the pine and oak forest of the north shore, and weather permitting, to the ponds.

Learn about Alleghany mound ants (if we see their mounds!), some of our many native plants, and anything else we find.

Bathrooms in the library.

Dress in layers for the weather. On a 2 plus hour hike in mid-December, the weather can change very quickly. Bring warter proof overlayers if there is any chance of rain or snow. A plastic poncho is always good even just to block wind, and its light and compact to carry.

Only heavy rain or snow cancels this hike.

Directions: Park in the far right corner of the Wading River High School parking lot. The entrance to the school is at the first traffic light east of the intersection of 25A and William Floyd Parkway.

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Yoga | Willingness

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What does it mean to be willing?
To be willing is not to resist, but to embrace.
To be willing is not to hide, but to explore.
To be willing is not to fear, but to brave.
To be willing is not to idle, but to rise.
To be willing is not to do, but to be.
I am willing to be willing.
I am willing.
I am.

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Looking to Give Two Gifts at Once This Holiday Season?

Now that it’s December, most Americans are bustling around trying to get a head-start on their holiday shopping. Many people put a ton of stress on themselves, searching and searching for that perfect gift. Wouldn’t it be amazing if just one gift could benefit two people, or more? Consider shopping at a Fair Trade store this holiday season.

 

Fair Trade stores sell goods that are produced in developing countries. But they don’t just sell those goods and make a huge profit off of them – they vow to pay the workers a fair price, enabling those workers to make a decent living.

 

Most Fair Trade items are handmade, and they usually make great gifts. While browsing in such a store, you will find items such as stunning jewelry, unique artwork, and carefully crafted housewares like plates and bowls. You may find cute little jewelry boxes or stumble upon dolls and stuffed animals. There is bound to be something there that would make one of your friends or relatives smile – and your purchase will also put a smile on the face of someone else, someone far across the globe, who appreciates your business…

 

Just so you know, there is a Fair Trade Store in Hampton Bays. If you aren’t already committed to shopping Fair Trade this year, their Mission Statement might hook you.

OUR MISSION is to bring you fair trade products which ensure world-wide producers a fair and living wage, a safe workplace, a partnership for development, and environmental sustainability where the earth and its inhabitants can thrive.

 

For more information, you can visit their website. Happy shopping!

 

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Meditation | Opening the Chakras

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Thanks—Giving

Native American Prayer

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Thanks—Giving

Prayer handsHistory of Thanksgiving

The history of Thanksgiving finds itself in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. This is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. The two centuries that followed this experience marked the days of Thanksgiving with celebrations by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until the Civil War in 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November from here on out.

Psychology of Thanksgiving
(Being Grateful)

Psychological research has found that our happiness ‘set-point’ is remarkably difficult to move over the long-term. Recent research has begun to explore one simple method for increasing this happiness ‘set-point’ that does have a measurable and sustained effect. This method is practicing being grateful. A large aspect of being grateful is understanding the impermanence of everything and the powerful effect of being present. These two concepts work together to uncover the complacency we often find ourselves in.

Practical Application

How does one actually practice gratitude in a way that is not mechanical but rather in way that invokes deep feeling? This is the difference between doing something out of routine rather than being in the moment. Less is more when we do things from a place of deep feeling. Here are 5 exercises for the mind:

  • Write down 5 things you are grateful for
  • Choose someone you know, then consider what you have received from them and what you have given to them
  • Reflect on yourself and how much you give and how much you allow yourself to receive in your daily life
  • Remember a negative event or circumstance in your life and explore what it could teach you, acknowledge it and see if you can be grateful for that hard lesson
  • Do an action based on what is necessary even if you don’t want to do it, then see if you can be grateful for choosing to do the right thing needed at the moment

As you practice, notice any shifts inside you and use this filter of gratitude as a mindful experiment. Use this day (and days to come) to share your gratitude with other people and acknowledge for yourself how much you have to be thankful for even if at first glance this may not seem to be the case.

Happy Thanks—Giving…

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DAMNATION

damnationThe award-winning film about the high environmental costs of dams that outweigh their value, and the restless beauty of wild, restored rivers.

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Join the Great American Smokeout!

699188879_dcadbf9ea6_qOn the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society promotes the Great American Smokeout.  This day, which this year falls on November 20th, is intended to encourage smokers to focus on their health and make a plan to quit smoking.  Tobacco use greatly increases a person’s risk for lung cancer, as well as deteriorates his/her overall health.  Because of tobacco’s addictive qualities, quitting smoking can be very difficult, and often results in relapse.  However, the American Cancer Society offers valuable tool, resources and support to help an individual quit successfully.  These resources can be found here.

Quitting smoking reduces one’s risk for coronary disease, stroke, prevents aging, as well as cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus.  With the advantages of ceasing smoking, the American Cancer Society would like to encourage you, a family member, a friend to take tomorrow to participate in the smoke out and utilize the day to focus on bettering your health, one day at a time.

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Celebrate Waves of Kindness Day!

7416282758_cc82ba047b_mWaves of Kindness is a global initiative that was created in 1988 to help bring focus and awareness on kind acts despite the daily bustle of work, family, money, health and other stressors.  November 13 of every year is a day where people are asked to slow down and focus on acts of kindness that come from a place of love and humanity.  Asking people to slow down can be a daunting task as we live in a world that is fast paced and time focused, filled with to do lists, schedules and planners.  Even relaxation has to be scheduled in just so that we can regroup and refocus on taking care of ourselves.

The goal of today is to partake in a kind act, which will then lead the next person to participate and so on, so that kindness, love and respect can reach each and every person around the world.  If you would like to learn more about creating waves of kindness, please click on the link here.  Information on how this project got started, how you can participate, as well as upcoming events are all listed on the website.  Let’s take time to slow down on our busy day and focus on one kind act that we can pass onto others.

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Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Most people associate the word “yoga” with words like “stretch,” “relax,” “breathe,” and “calm.” People across the globe have been practicing yoga for centuries, and here in America, we are finally catching up. This ancient practice is now being observed and studied, and researchers are finding that yoga really does, in fact, help people calm down. Not only that, but it can uplift people out of a bad mood!

If you have been feeling anxious or depressed, or are simply interested in learning more about how yoga can be used to improve mental and emotional well-being, you may want to attend the Yoga for Anxiety and Depression Workshop at The Long Island Center for Yoga in Babylon. The studio will hold the workshop tomorrow, November 13, from 7:45 – 9:15 pm. The cost is just $20, and what you’ll learn may benefit you for the rest of your life.

For more information, visit The Long Island Center For Yoga’s Website or view the event on Facebook.

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