Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Power of Our Words

Where do your words come from when you speak? Could they be of a place inside yourself? “Today I feel funny. Funny all over.” Could they originate from an external source? “YOLO.” Perhaps both? “I can’t even begin to describe the literally insane feeling of the funny I feel.” The specific words, discourse, tone and so forth may be adopted from all sorts of places to form what you are saying; but, there is something else, something much more personal behind everything said.

The deeply personal aspect behind everything said may not be what is said specifically. For example, the question: “Do you want some of this macaroni salad?” is not too personal. Rather what is personal is found behind your choice to say something, anything. You made a choice to communicate from a unique process found within yourself. From the root developmental essence of our survival we have each individually utilized the shared capability to learn to communicate. We all do it a bit differently using our own experiences, references, biological structure, environment and on it goes. But we all do it. And we can connect to it. And we can connect through it. And with this individually developed personalized mechanism vesseled by our own construct of choices within the sea of a collective with shared responses and recourse we can communicate.  To have such a personal stake in such a universal space – well that is the power of our words.

2014 was full of tumult and change. Simply turn on the news channel or flip open a newspaper. There is a lot of “stuff” going on due to what I postulate as a series of unfortunate events (shout-out to Lemony Snicket fans) coupled by a series of a lack in understanding. Understanding is more than knowing what is right and wrong intellectually. It consists of a multifaceted combination of the mind, the body, the spirit, and the environment. Understanding others requires a frame of reference, something to base off of or to hold in contrast. Understanding others requires that we understand ourselves.

Let us then approach 2015 in a way to uncover greater understanding. Let us together explore, discover, rediscover, and dive deeper into those pools of understanding.

Below is a great example of an individual, by the name of Shane Koyczan, communicating through the power of our words.

Video source: Words Aloud

Post Script: I tend to go into and focus on a lot of challenging topics. Sometimes my descriptions and word choices get a bit funky in these abstract concepts. Feel free to comment in the comment section if you would like me to explain something further or to provide a more clear picture of what it is I am saying . I also encourage feedback, reflections, corrections, and requests for topics for future posts! So get commenting!

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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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