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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

Last week, County Executive Ed Mangano declared amnesty for all speed camera tickets issued this summer.

Drivers across Nassau County were up in arms due to the recent implementation of the school zone cameras, which had issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents anger with the county’s speed cameras stems from lack of  warning and the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.

The 7th annual Parish of the Holy Family Festival went off without a hitch and lit up the night sky on Fordham Avenue in Hicksville last week. Thousands of community members came and joined in the festivities.  

This year’s theme was the 1964-1965 World’s Fair that took place in Queens. Volunteer coordinator and 28-year member of the congregation Mary White said “We are having this festival to raise money and to offset the expenditures of the school and the church. Last year we had a record breaking 10,000 people attend and while all the numbers are not in yet, we are doing very well this time around too. The turnout has been great because the weather has been so cooperative.”


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 % handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”


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