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How To Find Peace In The Hamptons

Submitted by on July 15, 2010 – 3:21 pmNo Comment

Longhouse Reserve Sound Meditation

LongHouse Reserve Sound Meditation

By Tracey Toomey

 Sure, it’s a famed vacation destination and the beaches are ranked the best in the world.  But when traffic is so bad it takes you 45 minutes to drive two miles, it can be challenging to find peace in the Hamptons. And when the person in front of you at Citarella grabbed the last head of romaine (and you were craving a Caesar salad!), it’s damn near impossible to stay centered!  Thankfully, the ladies here at Hip Hamptons have a few tricks up our sleeves for staying calm even in the most hectic summer months.  Sorry, Xanax not included.  


-Sound Meditation at Long House Reserve: Every Saturday morning at 8a.m. check out the Long House Reserve in East Hampton for a sound meditation – the perfect way to start your Hamptons weekend. (http://www.longhouse.org/soundmed.ihtml)

 Mashomack 2

– Mashomack Preserve: This 2100 acre Shelter Island nature reserve has hiking paths which you can take for ten steps or ten miles.  You’ll walk through forest, meadow, beach, and see a romantic gazebo.  Do bring water and also tick spray.  http://www.shelter-island.org/mashomack.html


Yoga Shanti Yoga, Meditation, Sailing Adventures:  Check out the schedule at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor for different sailing adventures which include yoga, massage, meditation, swimming, and sailing on Sunday July 18, Saturday July 31, Saturday August 7th.  Sounds like a winning combination.  Advance registration is required, www.yogashanti.com.


Bridge Garden Trust

Bridge Garden Trust


Lavender is a known calming agent.  But sorry the lavender Palmolive isn’t going to do the trick.  You need the real plant or the real essential oil which you can find at Provisions in Sag Harbor or at Second Nature in Southampton or East Hampton.  Naturopathica Spa in East Hampton www.naturopathica.com has a heavenly lavender body oil and face mist.  If you have the chance you can also go to the Bridge Garden Trust in Bridgehampton http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/bridge_gardens.html where there is a whole garden devoted to lavender.  Or pick up a plant and add it to your garden, deck, sunroof and just rub a bit in your hand.  Heaven.

 -Advice from Rodney Yee, famous yoga instructor: “As locals, we look forward to September in May, but at the same time there’s so much beauty in the craziness.  We say we want peace and quiet but as human beings we are also attracted to a buzz. Let yourself be excited. Fall into it all, and if you can’t, just keep on realizing that your peace is internal instead of external.  Gandhi says nonviolence is nothing in the context of nonviolence, but nonviolence is to be appreciated in the environment of violence.  Similarly, our peace is challenged by the Hamptons in summer. It’s a time when you find out how anchored you are in the center.  And in fact, that’s what we want.  We want to be challenged so we can find that peace and stay centered even in a very difficult situation.” 


Om… shanti shanti shanti…   Good luck! 



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