Transcendental Meditation Workshop / March 11, 2015

We invite active and retired FDNY firefighters and your families to join us for a free workshop to learn what Transcendental Meditation (TM) is and how it can benefit the firefighter community. Presented by representatives from the David Lynch Foundation and active FDNY firefighters who are benefiting from the practice of TM.

WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 – 8PM / at Friends of Firefighters

PLEASE RSVP: info@friendsoffirefighters.org or 718-643-0980

 

“After many years on the Fire Department your bag is overflowing; it builds up. I so much look  forward to those 20 minutes. The other stuff just goes away.” – Active FDNY firefighter

“I never thought I could be my own help. I don’t react to stressful situations the way I used to, I’m more tolerant. It’s about finding a stillness you forgot you had in you.” – Active FDNY firefighter

WHAT IS TM?

An effortless, personal technique practiced twice daily for 20 minutes, sitting comfortably with eyes closed. When the mind settles the body reaches a state of profound rest and relaxation. This state of “restful alertness” releases deeply-rooted stress, improves health, and sharpens the mind.

HOW DOES TM DIFFER FROM OTHER TYPES OF MEDITATION?

TM is automatic self-transcending, which produces a set of brain wave patterns distinct from those of concentration and mindfulness forms of meditation. These waves are indicators of a unique state of “restful alertness”, when the mind is settled and awake.

WHAT CAN TM HELP ME WITH?

Achieve greater inner calm—Reduce stress—Normalize blood pressure—Reduce insomnia—Lower risk of heart attack and stroke—Reduce anxiety and depression—Improve brain function and memory—Increase blood flow to the brain—Increase tolerance

WHY INTRODUCE TM TO THE FIREFIGHTER COMMUNITY?

The traumas experienced by first responders can impact your day to day and family life. TM is a simple technique that can help you cope.


Generosity Series 5K / March 29, 2015

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Generosity Brooklyn is a multi-charity 5K that will take place, rain or shine, in Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Park on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Bib pick-up begins at 7:30 am and the event kicks off at 9:00 am with a warm-up and stretch with the Brooklynettes.

With your support we raised over $5,000 last year and had a blast  doing it! We encourage you to join us this year by signing up to run/walk or by contributing to the cause. Funds raised will allow us to continue to offer independent, confidential, and free counseling and wellness services to active and retired FDNY firefighters and their families.

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:

RUN OR WALK on behalf of FoF. Sign up here as an individual or start your own team. Please note there is a $20 registration fee and a $200 fundraising minimum per person. Generosity Brooklyn gives you fundraising tips and we are also here to help. Last year one participant sent out a short fundraising email to her network and by the end of the day had already raised $375! Remember that every little bit counts.

DONATE to the cause: Click here and search for ”Friends of Firefighters” under “Search by supported charity”. Any amount donated to a FoF individual or team supports our mission.

CHEER the participants on: Join us in Prospect Park on March 29. Course map here.

VOLUNTEER at the event:
- Man the FoF table from 7AM-10:30AM (this can be split into shifts)
- Hand out medals to FoF participants as they cross the finish line. This volunteer is asked to arrive before 9AM.

PROMOTE: Encourage your friends and family to run, walk, donate, cheer, volunteer, and/or promote as well!

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Listen, Protect, and Connect Workshop / April 25, 2015

We invite active and retired FDNY firefighters and your families to join us for a free workshop in partnership with The Mental Health Association of New York

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WHAT: Listen, Protect, and Connect is a psychological first aid program that teaches participants to recognize the warning signs for psychological distress and PTSD, especially helpful in a disaster.

WHY: Just as people learn CPR or first aid to help during medical emergencies, knowing how to provide psychological first aid is an important thing you can do for your family, friends, and neighbors’ well-being.

WHAT TO EXPECT: This workshop is informative, clear, and engaging and allows the participants to interact as much or as little with the group and instructor as you wish, depending on your comfort level.

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, April 25, 10AM – 1PM / at Friends of Firefighters

PLEASE RSVP: info@friendsoffirefighters.org or 718-643-0980

Feedback from previous Listen, Protect, and Connect workshops at Friends of Firefighters:

“Increased my knowledge of how to listen to those in crisis and better provide assistance.”
“Lovely instructor, very informative.”
“Practical, clear information.”
“To the point. Well put in Layman’s terms.”