Alice Shinkos sustained serious injuries in a car accident June 8, 2020. She is recovering at home and feeling better every day. She has requested temporary help with her yard work. Alice lives in Oceanway, zip code 32218. You may reach Alice at (904) 718-6970.
Breathing techniques are probably as old as stress itself. Breathing Square is a powerful technique. Breathe in to the count of four, hold the breath for the count of four, breathe out for the count four and hold it for the count of four. Then begin again, and continue for several rounds. Now add an affirmation to the “hold” space, such as “everything is OK right here right now.” So — breathe in to the count of four, hold, “everything is OK right here right now”, breathe out to the count of four, hold “everything is OK right here right now.” Breathe in, everything is OK right here right now, breathe out, everything is OK right here right now.
We have just added an auditory layer. Now let’s add a physical layer by using some type of physical queue such as: putting your hands on your knees, or rubbing your fingers together, or making an OK sign with both hands. Now also add a visual layer by visualizing the breath moving in and out in a color. By adding all these details, it activates different parts of your brain and has a more powerful effect. Soon after this has become habit you can just do one of these layers and your brain will start to act as if you’re beginning the whole practice. So you can just put your hands on your knees or think of your breath as a collar moving in and out or just count to four. Cheryl Anthony has been doing this for years and she can now lower her blood pressure in the doctor’s office by just taking two breaths.
A Zoom showing of the UUA environmental film The Eagle and the Condor is scheduled for August 20 at 8:30 p.m. You must register to receive the Zoom code. It is a benefit for the UUA efforts toward justice for Native peoples, so you will be asked to donate. To receive the film, go to the UUA Ministry for Earth website. Click on Resources, and at the far upper right of that screen type in the film title (above). From there on, everything is self-explanatory.
Keep on Trucking – A message from UUCJ/ACS Teamsters
We may exceed previous year contributions from UUCJ members by 1,000 pounds. We know that some members and friends have made cash contributions directly to Arlington Community Services and given Carlos, the shop steward for the UUCJ/ACS Teamsters, funds to purchase food. We delivered 40 pounds today and 76 pounds last week. At the end of July we found out members had donated 75 pounds directly to ACS. Arlington Community Garden harvested 36 pounds in July for ACS and has grown over 5,000 pounds of fresh food for ACS over the lifetime of this partnership.
Message from Mary Weber, ACS Executive Director
Don’t let the situation get the best of you…Let it bring out the best in you! —Jon Gordon
Thank you for your abundant support and prayers during these uncertain times. We fed 212 folks and helped 21 families with rent/JEA in July. We continue to be blessed to serve our neighbors!
Current needs are canned peas, corn, gravy, instant potatoes, Hamburger Helper, Jiffy Cornbread Mix, pop-top pasta dinners, sweet potatoes, tea bags, laundry detergent, bottled water, and small toiletries for the homeless.
Be Safe. Do Good.
The Reverend Linda Hart Green and her husband, Harry Green, retired and moved from New Jersey to Fernandina Beach in 2012 to be near the ocean and in a community with like-minded folks and a lot of interesting history. Linda is a retired American Baptist minister (and Harry is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister). Linda says she taught him that there is such a thing as “progressive Christianity”. Since retiring, Linda has pursued her love of art, and is an accomplished pastel artist, with a studio in Fernandina Beach. She is also involved in a number of volunteer and activist organizations in her home community.