Written by Katherine Athanasiou, email@example.com Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.
It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.
Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup. I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club. This U16 team has a group of standout players led by Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.