Calming Fright, Flight, Fight reactions through movement techniques

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:

Observing people’s posture in standing and walking for the past decade has been educational.  I have begun to notice subtle nuances that show the mind, physical and emotional bodies state.  I have noticed too that the most common condition for people is a separation of mind and physical movement.

In general terms I have found that the focus of most people’s attention is in the thinking state of interpretation.  For me this means having a fixed perspective, opinion or belief.  If a physical ailment surfaces a fixed belief is to go and have someone fix it or use tools to make physical movement easier.  Tools like a cane, walker, scooter, special chair and bed.    What’s missing is the exploration of how to move differently.  I am not referring to practices such as yoga, therapy, stretching or exercising as the difference is that you are following a limited structured pattern.  I am referring to increasing awareness of how you move as you move.  This includes growing your ability to focus your attention on how each bone  and joint movement can be sensed and increase flexibility.  What I personally experience and see in others experience is an increase in joy and happiness.  It’s a spontaneous outcome!

I have observed that when there is an experience of feeling an increase in physical ability and flexibility while paying attention to the patterns of movement one has an increase in their ability for coping.  The mask of fear, anger, pain and anxiety is replaced with a peaceful and open appearance.

Recently I wrote about settling the fight, flight, fright experiences of the Hippocampus from the perspective of communication.  I have noticed that another more effective way to settle these reactions has been through the application of Feldenkrais® Movement.

Working with three ways to settle ones flight, fight and fright reactions I find the application of Feldenkrais Movements the quickest and most effective for shifting and integrating change.  It engages more immediate functional connection between ones physical, mental and emotional states of being.  Many times I have experienced someone in a series of 6 classes for balance where after the first or second class someone has given up their cane.  They describe that they are less fearful to stand and support themselves.

This year a trend has been the lack of  connection to feeling one’s legs.  I had to purposely show  someone that they dragged a leg behind them when there wasn’t any physical reason for this.  It turned out this leg had been broken years before and this person forgot how to use this leg.  This resulted in collapsing. When life became too difficult to enjoy they requested an operation, however there wasn’t anything to operate on!

Recently I encouraged someone to consciously shift weight purposely into one of their legs and their reaction was to say that this leg couldn’t support them.  I asked them how they had walked all these years and suggested that this leg must actually be supporting them.  We spent a few minutes practicing shifting weight from foot to foot and their fear was tangible.  A short week later the leg that was not trusted appeared stronger and I smile as there was no hesitation in using this leg.  The fright, flight and fight reactions were not visible!

What is exciting as a guide for exploring patterns of movement is that there is no story the mind can grab onto to take the attention away from this discovery.   The conditions for holding simply release and there is present awareness (being in the moment).

The two other ways for calming states of flight, fright and fight this guide offers is through increased understanding of your emotional and intellectual functions and your environment.

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication,  Empathy,  Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

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Pegasus Consciousness Infusion

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP


In meditation during yesterdays eclipse (August 21st)  an unfamiliar word and image came into the mindful state I was experiencing. The word was ‘Pegasus’ and the vision of  it was in a peaceful atmosphere, not stormy.

Later I looked up the the symbolic meaning of Pegasus and enjoyed reading that Pegasus represents an aspect of what I have been sharing in my teachings for the past decade! Pegasus represents our Hippocampus, the place of memory.  It is the point in our brain which I focus in on by using empathy to transform reactions of survival: fight, flight or fright with calmer states to process emotions and go to the root source of what is causing the reaction. When this happens we remember who we are and where we are going – mindfulness (what is meaningful to us replacing the reaction).  For me this is how we can access our higher self by being able to understand our internal reaction and respond with this conscious awareness versus an automatic reaction that creates separation.  

In one write up I read that Pegasus represents communication that transforms evil!  I have enjoyed reading the historical interpretations of Pegasus and coming away with an opinion that it may reflect a new consciousness for many of us.  A consciousness that includes the skill set of meditation in motion (not sitting) to better understand how to transform our own inner agitation that inflicts violence on ourselves and others.  A consciousness that is an infusion of the art of conversation and strong independent support through our greatest support system – our skeleton!

Receiving this new information during the eclipse leaves me hopeful and I feel inspired and more grounded as a mentor in the arts I contribute to the planet! How I would describe the Pegasus consciousness weaved into my practice is that it is the infusion of flexible patterns of movement, process of communicating and environmental influences experienced in the quality of one’s reality.   It is the ease and comfort in one’s interactions, mobility and surroundings.  Each separate focus of my practice is a calming influence on one’s hippocampus (Pegasus)  for settling fight, flight or fright reactions.  Infused it becomes a greater experience. 

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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication,  Empathy,  Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

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Fun along the wealth, fame & relationship segments of property!

by  Renee Lindstrom, GCFP


Bamboo along our fence line began filling in the yard and as it did it created an imbalance of yin and yang.  For me personally, though beautiful, it felt overwhelming.  I began to appreciate other bamboo gardeners comments that it was invasive.

I love bamboo and wanted to continue to enjoy the experience of it  so I began to harvest it.  I had already been using the leaves for teas and infusions, and now this spring and summer began to add tinctures (with alcohol) and oils (almond or olive oil).  Bamboo is higher in silica than horsetail!  I have also read that it makes a fantastic compost and that worms love it!  For fun I did use it to make a nature plant dye for fabric and in paper-making.

As the bamboo began to thin out the beauty along the fence line visually the view of it began to shift and take a new form.  First of all, the stalks of the bamboo became reflective of a forest and a new image of growing bamboo was borne! With the base cleared out along the ground, new stalks can be seen more easily and enjoyed more fully.

In the pictures above  you can see red mulch was chosen to add a new dimension to the colour and texture along the fence.  Our season is now beginning to reflect fall and the coming winter and as summer ends, the colors, textures and nuances will diminish.  For me, this red mulch will help to fill in the void this natural shift!  It also adds contrast and brings out the red in the wood fence.

Red is also reflective of fire element that dominates the fame area of one’s life map.  This element is used to enhance wealth and relationships.  I am now hopeful to ignite  these three areas in my chart and the red mulch represents fire in these areas with the bamboo representing wood to support the fire I hope to experience!

Another shift you can see in the pictures is a clear separation between the grass and the bamboo bed.  The back property line represents the protection of one’s back and historically the best place for one’s home or business is to be positioned up against a mountain where no one can advance from behind.   Digging a clear separation along the back fence to create a bamboo bed enables one to view a mound symbolizing a hill or mountain!  Bamboo is one of the strongest woods on the plant and was around in the time to dinosaurs, therefore symbolizes longevity.  It is a great choice to protect one’s behind!  I believe that the bed separation will also promote it to not so easily grow into the grass!  One can hope.

Where is your relationships corner?

Imagine a nine square grid overlaying your property.  Three rows of three, equal in size.  Now stand on the street facing your property.  The relationship corner is the last square to the right in the farthest row of three.  Now walk back into your garden as though for the first time and observe this area and what story it may share.

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Jaw Release Program since 2007, Authored  Achieving your Goals  31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values  Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program.  Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children