Communication retraining the brain

In Cultivating Awareness foundational for experiential learning one will read about the similarities and differences between Renee’s educational programs and a Mindfulness Mediation Practice.

The focus of this article is on cultivating awareness to retrain the brain and balance used of left and right sides of the brain that Renee encourages her students to learn in the process of becoming self-directed and connected to what and how they are speaking.

The importance of a particular practice of identifying types of  thoughts became relevant when a student came back to class and shared their life changing self-awareness experience.  They discovered that they compare themselves and others while making critical moral judgments based upon their filter of jealousy. By slowing down to observe these patterns, this recognition can shift and transform their experience. The types of thoughts we address are in the following illustration.

In this diagram a maze is in the area of the fore-brain that depicts the essence of figuring it out and hitting walls until one finds their way forward. This can be complex and draining process.

In the following diagram a larger spiral leading directly into the center point is shown in the fore-brain area that demonstrates the ease in which cultivated awareness through communication can mirror.  This cultivation is not unlike the growing ability to focus ones attention as they would in a sitting mediation.  It is a different focus, pattern and foundation that one would practice that would include more of ones whole functional ability than the limiting thought process shown in the above diagram.

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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

 

Cultivating Awareness foundational for retraining the brain

Each of the these experiential learning opportunities share the same objectives of  cultivating awareness and focusing attention.

Another thing in common they have is that they are inclusive of the four aspects of the human condition and function:  mental, emotional, physical and belief systems.  These components are not isolated as separate functions as in other wellness styles.  In each of these functional events there is an education aspect that includes a mindful pattern cultivating expanded focus.

Here is a way of cultivating awareness through a pattern one may be familiar with:

Mindfulness Meditation

Change through Cultivating Awareness
  • 3 Steps to Mindful Meditation to Cultivate Awareness

Step #1 – Begins with a foundation

Mat, Cushion, Posture

Step #2 – Then a focus point

Breath

#3 – Followed by a pattern

Observe your thoughts & environment while following your breath

Improving the ability to notice, discover new connections, refine self-use, and integrate your new skills through the experiential learning techniques anyone can integrate the skills and action steps that creates a ‘being in the moment experience‘ like in a dedicated  meditative practice.

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First communication steps for retraining the brain


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Copyright 2014 – 2019 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

‘Picture Diary of Weight-loss’

History of weight gain

In 2016 I was at my heaviest weight.  My last child living at home had been employed at an infamous coffee shop that sent their food products home with the barista.  This was a primary diet lasting about 6 months during a major decision-making process  she was making.  Easy pounds on, difficult to take off.

Since having children 25 years ago weight gain and loss has been a pattern. A few diets that worked during those years were the Atkins and Curves diets.  However  they were not sustainable in a lifestyle of a single parent busy trying to create a sustainable business and practice and helping teenagers process emotional ups and downs..

Awareness through Food – Subtle shift to a healthier lifestyle

In 2016 the last child left home and another returned.  I found my attention turning back to my first love of nature to help sort out the big emotions I was now unexpectedly experiencing from an empty next.  This connection to nature has revolutionized my lifestyle and it began whilst in despair standing by a Privet tree we planted.  This Privet was now to 7 feet high and standing beside it experiencing my loss there came a sense of being  embraced by it.  This ignited a journey into a relationship with the plants around me which included making medicinal remedies , discovering edibles and learning their values. This included remedies created with this Privet.  This lifestyle change has increased my health and wellness that has resulted in higher energy, vitality and weight-loss.

I turned to outside strategies in loosing weight in the past that didn’t focus on my lifestyle.  Introducing plants that reduced appetite naturally, improved nutritional value and brain function, and increased  levels of tolerance,  Weight loss was an organic result.  Weight loss was not a primary focus at the time however is a happy outcome.  Other outcomes have been increased sleep and sense of humour.

Unexpected grieving process

In 2017 I received some personal news that affected someone close to me.  That marked the start of a deeper grieving process that I truthfully believe the natural plant kingdom helped me to navigate back into a happier, healthy state of being.  The only periods of time I felt any aliveness was when I was supporting and mentoring clients and students.  When the appointment was finished there was a  return to the loss.

Focusing on intention to meet goals

In 2017 I committed to emphasizing turning intentions into goals in my practice with students that struggled to move through difficult circumstances.  This extended to my integration and commitment to doing the same.  This resulted in a shift in  2018 that almost seemed organic.  The focus of my goal was to  integrate natural homesteading ways in my kitchen and types of foods to my diet to meet greater wellness.

Imagine my surprise to see that a shift of a large amount of weight has been achieved organically as a result of an integrative changing lifestyle.

Sharing the unique perspective of an Em-path,  Wellness Practitioner and Coach

My intention for sharing this is that I would like to contribute to those interested in the unique perspective of a Feldenkrais Practitioner and the changing  physical body functions and abilities and from an em-path with the skills of  mindfulness using  Nonviolent Communication.

Since the 1960’s being slim has been the coveted model for beauty.  This cultural shift has created a self-image that in 2019 is a base line for moral judgement.  As an em-path it has been a profound experience.  This em-paths experience of connection isn’t limited to the outward appearance of someones physicality, it begins inside.  Imagine the surprising information this em-path receives when in communication with someone whose philosophy and gauge for beauty is focused solely on outer self-image expectations while being asleep to inner sources of beauty actions.

Living life out of balance

This em-paths beauty indicator starts from inside and when that is ignored outer beauty represents conflict.  Inner and outer are out of balance and what someone in that condition is contributing to relationships and the community is conflicted.  It is their filter of how they perceive and act in the lifestyle they have created for themselves.

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Renee’s 2019 goals continue to focus on increased the health and wellness areas of her 9 life areas.  Late fall of 2018 and early winter of 2019 has involved clearing clutter from her 9 life areas that today is resulting into higher motivation and inspirational levels.  There is growing inner space and yearning to focus attention specifically on fitness and weight-loss!  This yearning source is in between the Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras.  This is exciting as the urge is coming from the inside out, not from the outside in!  2019 marks the end of 5 year cycle and start of new one!


Copyright 2014 – 2019 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000