Feature Blog Post by Shelley Jaye, co-owner, Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio
“Mindfulness Moments,” is a monthly addition to The Jim Thorpe Current. Shared here you will find tips on short practices moving you toward a more energetic and mindfulness way of life. Learn to maximize your energy by experiencing living in the present moment. These are intended as practices, not lessons.
Have you thought about meditation or contemplated mindfulness? Did you give up because you just could not quiet your mind? We will meet here monthly with simple practices that you will incorporate into daily life. You will find these mindful moments will enhance your being present, mindful and enhance joy and clarity to your life. Like many of you, I have experienced moments of feeling totally overwhelmed in my daily routine. The moments where your chest tightens, breathing becomes shallow and a sense of fear and loathing darkens the pit of your stomach. Are you willing to try something new to open your mind and heart? I will help to show you the path as we journey together.
One of the best practices we can experience is breathing. Sounds too simple, right? Let’s explore breathing.
For the first few times I encourage you to lie down. Make or find five free minutes in your morning. Gently place your hands on your abdomen, one under your ribs the other under your naval. Allow your eyes to close. You can use an eye pillow or a cloth to cover them. Allow your breath to become deeper. Without forcing it. As you inhale allow your abdomen to rise, and you exhale allow it to fall. As thoughts come into your mind allow them to float through without judging yourself. In time less thoughts will make their way during this breathing time. You can set a timer or use an app on your smartphone; I sometimes use a free app simply called, “Calm.”
Practice this three or more times per week. If you have questions or would like to share your experience feel free to email me at JimThorpeMassage@gmail.com.
Feature Blog Post by Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director, PPL Electric Utilities
It’s been a long, hot, rainy summer. But autumn is almost here, and it’s time to get ready.
For instance, you might have noticed that you’re turning on the lights earlier and earlier each night. The days, which seemed to last forever just a few weeks ago, are getting shorter.
That means it’s a great time to look into installing LED bulbs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use up to 75 percent less energy, and last up to 15 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
A single LED bulb can save you $55 in energy costs over its lifetime. And, if everyone in the U.S. replaced a single light bulb with an ENERGY STAR-certified LED, we would prevent nearly 7 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions from 650,000 cars. (That’s according to ENERGY STAR.)
LEDs might seem unfamiliar if you’ve never used one. But making the switch isn’t hard once you know a few things:
An LED bulb’s packaging has detailed information on lumens, lifespan, light appearance and estimated energy cost. Just a few seconds looking at the package, and you’ll be ready to go with the bulb you want.
To help you make the switch, PPL Electric Utilities subsidizes part of the cost of LED bulbs. That means instant discounts on the bulbs are available at some participating retailers – no coupons or forms needed. To find a retailer near you, visit pplelectricsavings.com and click Lighting.
How else can you save energy and money this time of year?
If you have a child returning to school, they may spend more time on a computer doing schoolwork. Make sure the computer’s sleep mode is enabled, which will switch automatically to an energy-saving mode when they’re away. And, of course, teach your kids to turn off the computer when they’re done using it.
You can also save in the kitchen – and out of it. Don’t put your grill away until it really starts to get cold, and you can save energy by leaving your oven off. Once the weather does start to chill out, bring your slow cooker out of storage, for another efficient alternative to the oven.
Finally, now’s a good time to get your heating system inspected, so it runs as efficiently as possible during the colder months. Sealing cracks near doors and windows with weatherstripping or caulk will also keep warm air inside, where you want it.
Saving electricity and money doesn’t take a big investment. You can get there one bulb, one homework assignment, one dinner, or one tube of caulk at a time. And when you’re done, you’ll have plenty of time for the pleasures of the season.
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