Weekend Awakening

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This weekend was one of those weekends that gave me the opportunity to stop and take a look at where my life is heading. Lately I have been keeping busy and going and going, and i’m starting to see that I may have been keeping busy to avoid having to make changes in my life. Recently there have been events in my life that have caused me a lot of pain and I have been at a stand still feeling very frail. I have been watching what I eat, what music I chose to listen to, what I watch on tv, or in a movie, who I talk to where, where I go, who I hang out with, and the list continues. It hasn’t been an easy place to live and I am feeling that this weekend may have been the beginning to a new awakening of myself.
What’s worse, pretending to be someone i am not, or not knowing who I am? I never stop and take a look at the past. I am always on the go, and I never really stop and take a look at where I came from. My up bringing defines me. It made up my character and my personality traits that I have with me today. There were a lot of challenges in my life at an early age, and my parents always taught me to work hard and that I could be anything I wanted to be. Today I am strong and I can take a lot of hits without the thought of giving up. The drive I have to be successful and to find my gift, my purpose, is driven by my curiosity and my determination.
The pain that I feel now, yes it hurts, and I want it to stop hurting, but just like when you are working out, which I love to do by the way, the only way you are able to build muscle is by tearing it open first. I believe that is whats happening to me now. I am feeling pain but I can grow, strengthen and change through the pain. Pain is an opportunity to break open and grow stronger at the broken places. Through this transformation I need to remain open to the unknown and the what could happen. I have to stop trying to control the outcome and let the outcome control what happens. The only way I am going to be free is if I remain steady on the light that is inside me which I chose to call my soul guided force or my higher power, my God. As long as I remain focused on him like a bought headed for the lighthouse, I can then find what my true power is and use it in this world.
I challenge you to two questions:
1) Who are you?
2) What are you meant to give?

2012 Intentions

A new years resolution is a commitment that one makes to a personal goal or to break a bad habit. I decided that I was going to make my new years resolution something personal to me, because I’m just not ready to let go of my bad habits just yet. My birthday is very close to new years which makes this time extra special to me. I really reflect on the year and think about what I want to do in the coming year. After doing some pondering, i’ve decided the best way to sum up how I want to live in 2012, is to live with more purpose and intent. I want to be more conscious when I make decisions in my life. The goals I have made for this year are more likely to be achieved if I make more informed decisions. I can no longer just hope that things will come my way, I need to put in the action one step at a time. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with achieving things, that I get frustrated and waste so much time complaining and getting more and more aggravated about the situation I created. After I’ve finished throwing my tantrum, I realize that it got me nowhere except it allowed me to procrastinate even more! I need to stop being so lazy, and drifting through life. Each day I need to take a step into my intention. I am making a commitment to myself and to my everyone who is reading this now that I am going to live each day with more purpose and intent from this day forward.

Big Changes

It’s funny how life can present a series of events that can alter your life. Life is what you make of it, and I can honestly say that I am going to make the most of it, because that’s what makes me happy. There is a big amount of change going on in my life right now. I just broke up with my boyfriend of two years, I am moving out of his apartment and moving into my own place. I also just dyed my hair back to blonde. It’s always good to change your look after a long relationship. It symbolizes a time for change, a new beginning, a new me. I feel like I am just discovering myself for the first time. I am finally figuring out what I like, what I want to do, and who I want to do it with. I don’t have to answer to anyone, and nobody will be watching over me. Who knew that freedom could feel this good. Along with this new sense of freedom comes a lot of responsibility. I’m up for the challenge though, I embrace it with courage. I’m so sick of living in fear, and today I chose to like in faith. I know that everything is going to be okay. One of the secrets to happiness is to just be yourself. By being yourself you allow others to be themselves with you. What a beautiful feeling.

Yoga Mala

YOGA MALA

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Please help save the children who have been affected by the Japan earthquake and tsunami!!

Join the Always-At-Aum yoga family as we perform a yoga mala.  The event will begin with a peace prayer sent to all four corners of the world followed by the completion of 108 Sun Salutations or seated meditation.

DATE: Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10am-11:30am

LOCATION: West Babylon High School
500 Great East Neck Road
West Babylon, NY 11704

COST: Suggested minimum donation $25 – Please make checks payable to:

SAVE THE CHILDREN
~ ALL proceeds are going to charity ~

If you are unable to attend you can mail your donation to:

Always-At-Aum Yoga School
170 Little East Neck Road, Suite #3
West Babylon, NY 11704

For more information call Robin (631) 235-5307 or info@always-at-aum.com

This event is being sponsored by the S.A.D.D group from the
WEST BABYLON HIGH SCHOOL

Should Schools Teach Patriotism?

Should Schools Teach Patriotism?

            Author Harry Brighouse in the book “On Education,” discusses the question on whether or not schools should teach patriotism. Brighouse is against teaching patriotism in schools.  He believes that we should not manipulate and coerce students to accept the policies that our government has made. Citizens are supposed to respect the rule of law, but they are also asked to evaluate whether their governments policy initiatives are just or not. Brighouse uses autonomy as a measure and argues that anything that runs the risk of endorsing certain opinions over others runs the risk of reducing student autonomy, which is why he is so against teaching patriotism in schools. He feels that if we were to promote patriotism this could make students resent our countries policies, and it could also distort and narrowing children’s viewpoints of the nation.

            I disagree with Harry Brighouse and his ideas about Patriotism.  I believe that as a country we are so dismantled and we need to form some type of unity in order to succeed as a country. I believe the ideas that Brighouse presented are causing the country to lack unity. I think that we should take pride in our country. I think that patriotism means that you have a desire to do right by one’s country and that has a strong positive effect on children.

            Patriotism is a respectful understanding and appreciation of the principles and practices of democratic self-government, which should be woven through the daily life and teachings of public schools. The teaching of patriotism in American schools should not be a separate subject or taught forcefully.  Students who have a solid civic education will study the ideas and institutions of the Founders and learn how democratic institutions work, where they don’t, and how they can be improved. Students who study American history will learn about the sacrifices of previous generations who sought to safeguard our liberties and improve our society.  They will also study about the men and women of all races and backgrounds who struggled to create a land of freedom, justice, and opportunity. Furthermore they will learn too about the failings of our democracy. Here Patriotism comes in because how could we as educators deprive our students of an education that allows them to see themselves as part of this land and its history and culture. Students should be able to love their country like they love their families. I think that those who are patriotic about their country tend to respect those who live elsewhere and also love their respective countries.

            Teachers are responsible for teaching the future citizens of tomorrow.  There are many debates on how we should raise these students. I think that it is our responsibility to teach our students the history of our country.  They need to know where they came from and what our Founders have done for our country. From these lessons stems patriotism, which can only positively influence and help students grow.

Suffolk County Goes Solar

$125 million dollars will be invested into a solar project in Suffolk County New York. Solar carports will be installed on seven different parking garages in Suffolk County Long Island.

This is in addition to the $300 million dollar, 32 megawatt solar project at Brookhaven National Laboratories which will generate electricity for LIPA. The 164,000 panels at Brookhaven Labs will be made in China, India, Mexico and Poland.  The solar panels for the carports will come from China. We are making good progress by installing solar panels on Long Island, and across the country, although, we need to make more of an investment with solar technology to keep up with the rest of the world. Therefore we can create more jobs, and a cleaner, safer, enviornment.  To read more about these projects read the article in the NY Times and in Newsday.

The White House Goes Green

The White House is going to put solar panels on their roof again, but this time to stay! In 1979 President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar panels on the White House roof which were used to heat the White House’s water. It was six years after the OPEC oil embargo, a time when solar power was ascending in the U.S.  However they were removed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.  Putting the solar panels back on is a very symbolic move and urges us to rethink how we create energy in America. They are going to put both thermal for hot water and PV for electricity on the roof of the White House. This shows that President Obama is committed to our country becoming a leader in the solar energy field and creating jobs in the renewable energy industry.  When will the project on the White House be completed? They’re estimated completion date is spring 2011.

We have more great news for America! There’s an article in the NY Times that tells us another great thing reflecting the Obama administration’s resolve to promote renewable energy, they just approved a 709-megawatt project, on 6,360 acres in the Imperial Valley. This project is proposed by Tessera Solar, and they will use “Suncatchers” or reflectors in the shape of radar dishes to concentrate the solar energy and activate a four-cylinder engine to generate electricity. And if your not totally blown away by that project, I have one more for you. Chevron Energy Solutions proposed A 45-megawatt system featuring 40,500 solar panels and it will be built on 422 acres of the Lucerne Valley. Together these projects could generate enough energy to power over 500,000 homes. These are only a couple of the many projects that are being worked on to change the way we get our energy.  We can officially say we have taken the biggest step so far in leading our country to a clean energy economy.

Cake & Shake

I went to Washington Square Park in NYC this weekend.  It was beatiful, people were playing chess games,  piano, guitar, and they were even in bathing suites sunbathing.  I guess that’s what you have to do in NYC because there aren’t really any beaches like on Long Island.  Also, what was really cool was that since it was so hot out, people were using the water fountain as a pool.  I thought that was really cool to watch, and i wanted to go in but i didn’t, next time.  As i was leaving the park i saw this thing that resembled an ice cream truck but it wasn’t it was called Cake & Shake. Cake & Shake is a new neat little invention that i had to share with all of you.  You can get an ice coffee or an ice tea for just $2, a shake for $5 which come in unique cool flavors.  It was so hard for me to make a decision as to what flavor to try because they all looked equally enticing. I ended up making a great decision, the huckleberry which is blueberry and it’s delicious. Cake & Shake offers 20 Cupcake flavors and 8 Shake flavors!  They  feature 5 Cupcakes and 3 Shakes daily which rotate often on our carts.   They first opened in June of this year and they are doing so well that they are going to open up there second location at the MET on September 2, 2010, and at the MET Cart,  they will offer 2 Savory Cake options per day.  You have to check this place out next time your in Washington Square Park or at the MET.  For now take a look at there menu and imagine the how yummy there cupcakes taste and how refreshing their milkshakes are. Did i mention there organic too! It’s awesome. Goodbye ice cream man, hello Cake & Shake !!

Have you been inside The Statue of Liberty?

Who knew that after an hour and a half wait on line to take the ferry from NYC to The Statue of Liberty that we were not actually going to see her? You can go visit her national park which surrounds her but you cannot go up in her. Why not? because in order to do so you need a monument pass which you must register for at least 3 weeks in advance. On top of that, they sold me an audio tour pass which costs $20, instead of the regular pass (non audio) for $12, so that i could listen the history of The Statue of Liberty. Why would they sell me an audio pass without access to the actual tour? The information booth explained that the audio tour tells mini stories which you can follow as you walk around her. Are you serious? Maybe I’m ignorant for not reading the fine print or asking enough questions. But I’m blogging to my  readers today so that you too don’t have to make the same mistake as I do.  I went on a Saturday around 1:00PM, which is a high traffic time, so i wouldn’t suggest going at that time.  It’s worth waking up extra early and going on the first boat out.  Please leave a message about your visit to The Statue of Liberty, especially if you have been inside.  Is it worth it to make a reservation in advance and go inside of The State of Liberty?

Why Freeport Long Island should invest in Solar Power?

New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the village of Freeport, Long Island are offering great solar incentives right now. They will be spending a total of $125,000 on rebates for Solar Electric (PV) systems. This is a wonderful opportunity for those residents in Freeport to take advantage of. Especially those who have great roof space and low amounts of shade on their homes. Do you think you have a home that has great potential for solar panels? Then you should keep reading. These solar incentives are so good that they are only going to be able to fund up to 5 houses/businesses max and for a limited time, August 6th is the deadline to get your proposal for solar on your roof in.  They are offering a $4/watt rebate up to a max of $40,000 per location for a 10kW system.  That means you can get an extra $40,000 rebate when you install solar panels on your home, that’s not including the New York State tax credit or the Federal Tax Credit for solar.  These savings together add up to making your electricity investment affordale.  I call it an investment because when you add up all the months that you go without an electric bill to pay, you will see the incredible amount of money that you have in your pocket that you can use for your new car, house, education, charity, fundraiser, wedding, dream vacation, and I can keep going.  Freeport Electric is taking a great initiative for our future, and we should all be doing this. Because we cannot keep depending on foreign countries for our energy, and the only way to stop that is by producing our own electricity. Freeport is different than the other towns, cities, and villages on Long Island in that it is one of the very few places that produces its very own electricity. The other two towns that I know of that produce their own electricity are Rockville Center 11570 and Greenport 11994. Long Island mainly gets its electricity from LIPA.  All the details are in this power point. If you have any questions just ask. Comments on this program will be appreciated. Thanks for checking out my post.