How are your 2018 goals going?

I shared this poster this week (April 11th) and in doing so realized it visually represents 2018’s goals.

Goals have been focused on learning and integrating nature outside my front door these past years, 2015 – 2018, and not on self-image shifts or achievement.  The outcomes have been fabulous because the goals are reached and it is achieving far more than one could hope for.  There has been a shift into a deeper confidence and self-esteem while shifting eating habits and lifestyle choices.  This resulted in a significant weight loss and healthier appearance.

Are you celebrating your 2018 goals?

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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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Active Grounding Exercise

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Active Grounding Exercise

kids peace bus

This active grounding exercise is a wonderful way to explore transforming an individual’s experience from disconnection into a connection.  It includes; mindfulness, movement, imagination, sensing and how to harness and expand ones focus of attention.

These patterns of movement direct the participants through  guided actions that integrates their thinking, sensing and movement.  These patterns free one up to be more present while growing their inner awareness and sense of themselves.

This group exercise is a valuable way to settle an individual for the purpose of being more present and able to engage into the topic being discussed or for learning.

If one is experiencing a state of flight, fright or fight it is a somatic movement pattern that can be beneficial to support re-connection or settling without the effort of talking.  Talking can become easier after this somatic experience.

  • Step one uses imagination to suggest that the participants can separate from the mental chatter in their head to refocus their attention.
  • Step two guides’ participants towards how they can sense themselves somatically harnessing their thought process. 
  • Step three starts them on exploring a felt sensory experience that will eventually differentiate being grounded or ungrounded.
  • Step four is designed to increase their own sensory awareness through a somatic exercises designed to slowly integrate body, mind and felt experiences. 
  • Step five is for noticing the changes and letting the brain and mind connect to these changes. 

Active Grounding Exercise in 5 Easy Steps

Step #1

To begin, walk around the group of participants with a bag, purse or box that has a lid.  Ask each participant to put their baggage thoughts  into the container.  Let them know that they can pick them up on their way out. 

Step #2

Ask your participants what their experience is to be ‘grounded.’ Feel free to add questions to encourage answers, such as:  “How does it feel in your body? and where do you feel it in your body?”

Step #3

If they are seated in a chair or standing ask them how they feel their feet on the floor. 

After giving them a moment to check in and sense their feet, ask them how they feel their legs? 

After another moment to check in then ask them how they feel in their upper body sitting on the chair or if in standing how they sense from the waist up? 

Step #4

Now ask them to begin lifting their feet one at a time and softly put them back onto floor several times, alternating first one side and then the other.  Suggest they focus on the feeling of it. 

After 4 or so times, ask them to speed up the movement a bit while increasing the pressure slightly. Once again, ask them to focus on the feeling of it.

Then after a few more times, ask them to speed it up even more while increasing the pressure.  Ask them if they are noticing the feeling of it. 

One last time ask them to now put a lot of effort into it.  Encourage them to pound their feet into the floor while going as fast as they can.  After a few seconds have them stop. 

Step #5

Sitting or standing quietly ask them the following 5 questions:   

  • Ask if they sense their feet differently?
  • Ask if they sense their knees differently?
  • Ask if they sense their hips differently?
  • Ask how they sense their upper body in sitting?
  • Now ask them where their focus of attention is?

Active Grounding Exercise


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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Walking in Winter with my ‘son’ on Winter Solstice

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:

Solstice began at 8:27 a.m. in our Greater Victoria Region this year, 2017.  My son joined me to walk in winter in the frost at our Irving Park Labyrinth in James Bay.  We arrived about 8:15 a.m. to join a few other souls to walk under some beautiful old cedar and sequoia trees.

Irving Park Labyrinth Walk

Sari Pouch

The day before I went with my son to Instinct Art and Gifts (on the corners of Broad and View) so he could pick out a pouch and stones representing the astrological houses of the zodiac.  He picked out a beautiful pouch made from a used sari and 12 stones using a great chart posted showing what stones align with each month.  (For more on crystals and stones that I am sharing with my boy)

He brought his pouch of stones along with him to walk in winter!  For me, I enjoy planting these seeds and sharing this way of connecting with nature that can be a support for his health and well-being anytime.

We paused before starting the labyrinth walk and discussed possible intentions for walking the labyrinth on the eve of the first day of natures new year.  It became clear that I wouldn’t be able to hold the space by letting others walk first and then follow-up behind them.  The need seemed to be for me to lead and  I loved being able to turn and ask, “Matthew will you go last and hold the space for the walk?”  He was happy too!

Afterwards he was thanked.  This support made a difference for one person.  As I look back on it now it was a very gentle and subtle way of guiding my child into understanding how important it is to hold a safe space and create a container for others to trust their path.  This can be in walking a labyrinth or in dialogue!  More seeds planted!!!!

A very beautiful morning indeed!  The ground was frozen and the steps crunchy as we made our way into the center and stopped to experience the sun rising over the neighboring buildings.  The early morning sounds of a waking city in the background didn’t take away the experience of nature.  As I was standing in the center myself I happened to notice two old trees at the entrance of the park behind the ones circling the labyrinth.  I realized I had not noticed them over the years of walking the labyrinth thus recognizing my focus was closer to the labyrinth itself!

If you are visiting the James Bay Village, the labyrinth is in the back corner of the park farthest away from the corner of Menzies and  Michigan.

 

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Crystal Zodiac Paperback – by Judy Hall (Author)

You may already know your birthstone, but you may be surprised to learn that there are several other stones associated with your birth chart. Whether you are looking for profound soul growth, healing or help with everyday decisions, this book will show you how to select the right zodiac crystals for you.


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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