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Meditation Session Puts Mind Over Matter

Local residents find peace and quiet

Linda Cafiero has been a yoga and tai chi instructor, as well as reiki master, for well over 10 years. Last week she brought her meditation expertise to the Hicksville Public Library. Cafiero hosted a meditation workshop at the library for an intimate group of individuals seeking to gain a few moments of peace and serenity in their hectic and fast-paced world.

The meditation workshop featured a form of meditation known as Vipassana, which in Buddhist tradition, means “an insight meditation that allows you to see things as they really are,” as Cafiero described it. Seated in a circle, with the dim glow of candles at the center, participants were peacefully guided by Linda into a deep meditative state, continually reminded to connect to their life force, their breath, and to be aware of the sensations and emotions throughout their bodies.

The meditation lasted approximately 50 minutes and sparked positive reactions from participants.

Hicksville resident Michele Caputo has been a yoga student of Cafiero’s for 10 years and says her practice has made her feel, “much more relaxed, and overall in better health.” Caputo came to the workshop Wednesday night eager to relieve stress and said that she “found some inner peace during the meditation and realized that while you can’t control situations that arise, you can control how you react to them.”

Cafiero calls meditation, “a practice of coming into your natural state of being. The ability to be in the present moment, breath by breath, moment by moment.” For those looking to escape the business of life through meditation, she offers the following tips:   

Let your mind ride the waves of your breath. Always connect to your breath and see what knowledge it bestows upon you about your mind, body, and soul.

Don’t be discouraged by a wandering mind.  As humans living in the 21st century, it is only natural for our minds to wander, especially as we try to shut out distractions from the outside world, and from within. Instead of getting discouraged, honor the thoughts that come to you, learn from them, and then again, reconnect with your breath and with the present moment.

So remember, whether you’re stuck in traffic or in an argument, pause and reconnect to your breath, to yourself, and to the bigger picture.

Om Shanti.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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