It’s been a month full of gorgeous days, and recently a series of mesmerizing night skies. As it was nearing complete fullness last week, the luminescent moon shining through the drifting clouds had me transfixed on more than a few evenings. To me, those are the priceless gifts we receive when we take a minute to step away from the television or other mind-dulling activity and step into the present moment. I hope most of you got to enjoy it, too. Truly, it was breathtaking.
I, like most of us, relish this time of year with its perfectly comfortable weather and significantly reduced population. However, it’s recently struck me how drastically quiet it feels everywhere, like a blanket of sleepiness was suddenly dropped on top of our hamlet. It’s funny that after a crazy, busy summer, one would expect a quiet spell to be a welcome relief. For the most part it is, but I’ve noticed it can also bring along a melancholic air. It may be caused by our human minds filling with too many thoughts now that all is quiet, and all the summer stimuli gone. Talking to others who feel this shift, I know it’s not just me.
Luckily, I’ve come across Eckhart Tolle’s “Power of Now” again and decided to revisit it. I’ve heard people claim that the book changed their lives, but only through this second reading do I really believe it. Four years ago or so, I must have just read it, thought it inspiring, but then never truly put it into practice. It takes a lot of practice to stay in the present moment, which this book teaches us is the only place where peace can be found. Now, I know that my column is not meant to be a book review, but I wanted to share my experience with all of you. It’s one book worth reading over and over again. If anything, it’s vastly helpful in helping us transition with the seasons and the changes they bring, especially around here in our constantly transitional community. As I’m practicing embracing all “that is,” even the aspects I wish were different, my focus is suddenly sharper, more gets accomplished, and worries transform into peace and wellness.
Yoga is a perfect practice for staying in the present and promoting peace. The Springs Community Presbyterian Church at 5 Old Stone Highway continues to offer terrific classes by Yoga Alliance certified teachers for only $15 per class. Mondays and Thursdays are taught by Eve Elliot from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays are with Judy Rall from 9 to 10:15 a.m., and Fridays are with Jane Umanoff from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. All skill levels are welcome. Visit www.springcommunitypc.org for further details.
This Friday’s film at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center located at 830 Old Stone Highway, as part of the series “Artists on Film: The Power of Connection,” is Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s “Eames: The Architect and the Painter,” made in 2011, 84 minutes long. Charles Eames and his wife Ray are renowned for making major contributions to the world of modern architecture and furniture. They were friends with Pollock and Krasner and collaborated with them in design. This interesting film explores the connection between the couples and the impact it had on their creativity. Highlighted is the connection Eames felt to the outer world, which he expressed through his designs. The film starts at 7 p.m., is free to members, and no reservations are needed. I’ve heard lots of positive feedback on this particular Fall Film Series. Each one is followed by a discussion with curator and cinema historian Marion Wolberg Weiss.
Checking out Ashawagh Hall’s website, there are two events listed, but I wasn’t able to find out the details. Still, I wanted to mention them, just so readers are aware. Wednesday, September 25 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. is the East Hampton Business Service 35th anniversary party. Sounds like a good time anyway, and those who are connected to this event are now at least reminded.
Then on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, is a new art show featuring the work of abstract artist Hiam Mizrahi. The show will be on from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.
If you have the time, please consider joining the Friends of Maidstone Park this Saturday, September 28, at 9 a.m. in the “Maidstone Park Clean-Up” effort. It’s BYOB (bring your own bags and gloves). It’s one of the most picturesque spots Springs has to offer, and should make all who participate feel good about being part of the solution while enjoying a lovely setting. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d like to end by encouraging Springs residents to please reach out to me with any interesting tidbits concerning our community. I love to hear from readers! Meanwhile, happy, peaceful week everyone.