Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Infinite Blessings
Inspirational Words for the New Year

Recap of Recent Events and Workshops

Upcoming Events and Workshops
Six Word Meditation - January 6th
Sound and Healing - January 13th
Special Event - January 16th
Monthly Meeting - January 20th
Color Immersion Art Workshop - January 27

White Bean and Tuna Salad
Spinach and Strawberry Salad


Inspirational Words for the New Year
Suzanne Loevner

Have you ever walked along the beach looking for a particular type of shell and all of a sudden that's all you seem to be noticing? You may be collecting scallop shells and you find the beach is covered with them. That's because you receive what it is you focus on. The beach is actually covered in all types of shells but you notice the ones you choose to pay attention to.

This is the principal behind filling a jar with all the good things that happen on a daily basis throughout the year. By simply writing on a small piece of paper something good that transpired, you have focused your attention on something positive. Something that may appear to be seemingly insignificant, such as a stranger going out of their way to smile and say hello has a lot more weight when you realize their intention was to share happiness with you.

By focusing on the good you can increase the positivity in your life. If ever you encounter a rough day (and we all have them), where you're struggling to find something to smile about you can just crack open your jar. Many daily interactions and experiences are out of our control, but the light we select to view them in can be our choice.
So, grab a jar! Decorate it, bless it, adorn it with good intention, and start to fill it by seeking out the positive moments in every day. Wishing you an abundance of happy moments to fill your jar; to fill your life!

Recent Events and Workshops:

Mandala Workshop

Can you believe these were the first ever attempts at drawing mandalas? They're absolutely beautiful and unique! 
Just like the people who created them!

Wellness Eve

What better way to start the holiday season 
than with warm friends on a cold night!

Some of the attendees setting intentions for the New Year.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

by Bryant Kaplan, LCSW

Friday, January 6, 2016
7:00pm - 8:30pm
936 Stewart Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714

Tis the season where we run around; from shopping, to parties, to visiting, to hosting, to cleaning, to preparing, to cooking, and finally... let’s not forget stressing.  Did I miss anything?  Actually, there are a lot of things that I could add to the list such as: noticing, stopping, breathing, relaxing, meditating, enjoying, and most of all loving and appreciating.  If some of  those “to do” list items are not on your agenda this holiday season, then I ask you to consider giving yourself the following gift.
As we begin our journey into a new year filled with possibilities, I would like to invite you all to partake in a special meditation that I have been doing for the past 11 years. You will be guided to manifest 6 words that will be yours to nurture throughout the new year. From the intentions you sow now you will reap much joy and satisfaction. Many participants have reported a profound impact from this practice of transforming 6 words into reality.

The  meditation's primary function  is to assist you in connecting with the words especially meant for you to have in 2017. Once you take them from your cognitive awareness and instill them into the deepest part of your being, you have the ability to achieve your intentions.
So I invite you to participate in focusing on what the holidays are truly about and to prepare for the amazing year that awaits!
Bryant Kaplan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 37 years experience,
and a mindfulness meditation instructor.

with Jonathan Sawan Turchiano

Friday, January 13, 2016
7:00pm - 8:30pm
936 Stewart Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714

Jonathan is a sound healer, poet, artist, inspirational speaker, and reiki practitioner. Join him for an exciting evening of healing using toning and exploration of various sound techniques. You can expect this experience to be interactive, enlightening, and fun!

There is no charge for this event however donations are always appreciated.

We are Ascending

Inquire within,
I'm eternally grateful for this journey called life,
Synchronistic events happening,
Ten belly laughs after another,
Pure bliss and ecstasy within the "now"
Life is getting deeply special,
The more comfortable I am in my skin,
The more I am able to be still,
To find stillness within the what appears as chaotic abyss,
When I was 18, I drew S's on the cows heads out in the fields of The Meeting School, S stands for Saved, I didn't want them to be harmed for "food"
Memories are golden and nourishing,
Love is bountiful,
Our hearts desires are coming true,
Life in rainbow colored opalescent with orbs in my videos,
Angelic presence felt everyday,
Seeing feathers everywhere, "the path of the feather"
Symmetry aligning connecting to our soul siblings,
"I love you."

~Jonathan Sawan Turchiano

LIRA Wellness is participating in a Multi-Faith Celebration 
on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
Monday, Jan. 16th 2-4PM 
Frank Melville Park 
The Bates House 
1 Bates Road 
Setauket  NY 11733

Join us for a Collaborative Art Project!
 Live Music! Culturally Diverse Food! 

Friday, January 20, 2016
7:00pm - 8:00pm
936 Stewart Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714

The LIRA Wellness monthly meeting is held on the 3rd Friday of every month. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas and are always looking for holistic practitioners to present their methods. If you cannot attend but would like to be involved please contact us at

with Suzanne Loevner

Friday, January 27, 2016
7:00pm - 8:30pm
936 Stewart Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714

Do certain colors suddenly make you feel joyous and excited? Does lack of color influence your mood and make you feel blah? Colors are vibrational and can impact the way we feel. After a guided meditation which will help you identify meaningful colors on your personal spectrum you will be given materials to create a color collage revealing even more! This is an evening that will be filled with creativity, self-exploration and joyous discovery!
This event has a $10 fee to cover the cost of supplies.
Please register by emailing Suzanne at

Suzanne Loevner, BSW, CASAC-t, is an award winning artist, published poet, and graduate student at Stony Brook University. She offers personal art instruction and has developed and conducted mandala workshops for children and adults. Suzanne is also skilled at crystal singing bowl sound healing and meditations.

Recipes to Feed Your Mind, Body, and Soul...

The following recipes have been provided by the Community Growth Center (CGC) from their Community Cook Book. The cookbook is an important part of the CGC community, serving as a stepping stone to healthier lifestyle changes. The cookbook aims to show that it is possible for all to create and benefit from a healthier lifestyle.  All recipes included in the cookbook are quick to make, nutritious, and delicious to eat!” (CGC) For more info check out their website:

White Bean and Tuna Salad

2 cans cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)
15ml olive oil
15ml lemon juice
⅓ cup olives, chopped
½ cup red onion, chopped
1 tsp. basil, chopped
½ tsp. oregano
½ tsp. black pepper
1 can tuna in water
Combine the beans, oil, and lemon juice in a large bowl and stir together.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

1 (10-12 oz.) package baby spinach, washed and dried
⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
½ lemon, juiced
1 tbs. white wine vinegar
⅓ cup honey
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp poppy seeds
In a large salad bowl add the spinach, almonds, strawberries, and cucumber and toss together. Combine other ingredients for dressing.

We are seeking holistic practitioners and healers who want to get the word out and educate others on the benefits of complementary, alternative treatments. If you would like to present, give a demo, and talk about your practice we would love to hear from you. 
Please email: 

Do you have recipes, stories, inspirational quotes, poetry, artwork, or anything else to share? If you are someone who incorporates holistic approaches into your own lifestyle and you have things you would like to share with others, we would love to hear from you! 
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