Category Archives: Awareness through Living

About Renee Lindstrom ‘s intention for living in the garden of life

I, like many, wasn’t borne into a thriving, balanced and attuned family landscape.  The illusive patterns that sowed the illusive culture of my lifestyle weren’t heart-centered.  Instead they were based upon fear, anger, unhappiness, discontent and jealousy.

Thinking

This led to years of seeking out meaning, understanding, and a life purpose that didn’t include the harming elements of my earlier family life.  This also led to supporting others along the way.

Through this exploration I have  made the connection to one’s  thinking and their results.  I have observed how the ways of ‘thinking’ create one life’s garden.

We are prisoners to our thinking

To put it another way,  I have seen and experienced examples of how we think becomes what we experience and  create in our lifestyle.  A lifestyle that can be calm and wonderful, or chaotic.  Thinking seems to be responsible for how we actively respond mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.  Being unconscious to it makes us prisoners to it.

I have also discovered the process of thinking is separate from mental functions.  How do I know this?  As a babe we aren’t born with a pattern of thinking, yet as a babe we had the mental ability to integrate cultured patterns of thinking.

Usually ones focus isn’t on the brain’s functional abilities and its relationship to how experiences are processed.

I have witnessed and heard stories of  life times  lived through reactive behaviours originating from thoughts.  Thoughts based upon one’s thinking process that are not real or the truth of what is happening in the moment.  One example of a case study in years past is the reaction of running from situations,  literally by driving across the continent!  As the reaction would begin to calm I would be contacted only to discover the flight was from an initial triggering thought that wasn’t connected to any real actions of checking in to the source of it.  The flight was an expensive reactive behaviour mentally, emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually.

Exploring this life path I have discovered that even though I was born long after the honeymoon was over in my families experience, I thrive in beauty and the attributes of loving kindness, and have a high propensity for empathy.  My family and I simply weren’t a match.  In retrospect, the pain and suffering became the incentive to find ways to align with my true nature.  Along the way I have found clarity and understanding, and come away with some ways to live in the beauty that the garden of life can be.

A system of understanding to have clarity & for understanding

that is balancing

Sharing these ways with others while continuing my own practices has become an open system of learning.  This system goes out beyond the closed thinking patterns of making evaluations and moral judgments, and beliefs of  right and wrong thinking.  Each of the methods I integrated had their challenges in the learning stages due to the depth of ego that is experienced in our culture.  Ego is imbedded into behaviour yet it’s another elusive quality that people experience without being consciously aware of it and unable to identify and name it.

To borrow an evaluative experience from Buddhism, each method I dug deeply into is founded upon the concept of becoming enlightened.  However the challenges of  the teachers and participants wanting to be seen, heard and valued caused hurdles to overcome and created events of pain and suffering for all immersed in the educative experiences.    Taking the time to integrate these methods as a foundation for living myself has taken time and evolved over the years.  The system I am interested in contributing follows the Buddhist concept of eliminating incorrect use of ego.  We all have ego, however, I focus upon ego usage that pays attention to power with, not more over/under.  Why?  I want to live in the beauty that inspires and motivates.  The heightened stimulus I hope to experience comes from passion.  Passion for life, living and creating.

Mentoring others to switch on their innate ability to learn 

Somes ways of contributing to others as they commit to engaging in life to align more with their true nature are with individual programs or mentoring  integratable life components.   Life area programs and components focus in these areas of one’s experiences:

  • surroundings
  • inner sense of oneself (confidence, self-esteem, empowerment)
  • life purpose
  • cultivating awareness to identify and name intention
  • functional movement that cultivates awareness that holds the connection to the interplay of body movement, reactive behaviour, thinking and emotions
  • functioning relationships that cultivates awareness the holds the connection to the interplay of what’s real in the moment, what one thinks, and how one responds
  • value-based programs to support inner discernment to transform  moral judgments into value based judgments

Finding your intention and creating a target for meeting the goals of who you long to be with these programs 

The learning modules here at Inside Awareness can be specific to life areas whether you are:

  • looking for your life purpose
  • seeking to improve your relationships to all life
  • wanting to enhance your physical abilities
  • introduce a sense of sacredness in your environment

Each module are concrete actions steps that bring one into the shift they long for.

Each module has a foundation in practical steps and have applications that are logical yet bring focus to the elusive.

Renee focuses upon switching back on one’s inherent ability to learn where the experience becomes the teacher and the student becomes the sage.

The intention is to increases creativity and expressiveness in living.by Renee Lindstrom

Awareness Through Living Mentoring Programs Available:

 1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

 

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
Renee Lindstrom Live
Copyright 2014 – 2020 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Thinking patterns that create constraints to physical function, and false emotional responses

 

One of the possibilities for those longing to cultivate their own awarenesses is in the integration of a specific way to pause and listen.

 

This skill can turn illusive reactive behaviour into obvious thoughtful behaviour thereby increasing the quality of one’s life style, relationships, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

This style of listening cultivates awareness and connects one to their surrounding environment, inner emotional and mental environment and the very environment of functional movement.  Whether one functions with a  dominant right brain or left brain this style of listening creates balance.  Afterall we can access both sides of our brains equally.  I liken it to walking a maze or a labyrinth.  One is a right brain experience of introspection to connect and the other a left brain activity to solve puzzles.  The goal is to have a choice of pathways in any one moment.  Both right and left brain activities are equally valuable to reaching a specific target.

I experience right and left brain behavioural reactions in others whether the  focus is on movement, thinking functions, communication,  life purpose,  surroundings or lifestyle influences.  I have experienced what most have in common are the missing skills of how to make the change.  They can all identify it in others, and are quick to, however the model to dig deep within themselves to be self-witnessing is lacking.  It’s not a pattern in our general educational experiences.  It is an untapped resource.  There is a wealth of theory related material available yet the practical steps for integrating change are missing.  The theories out there contribute to the concept of something being “wrong” so there needs to be a fix. This is old school.   New school is that there is nothing wrong, it’s just a gap in the learning process.

Many of us process new information through old learning patterns from earlier cultural experiences.  This includes our:

  • thinking process
  • movement postures
  • emotional reactions.

Habitual behaviours can only only be transformed through exploring and practicing new ways of doing things with an attitude of open curiosity.

Over the years I have begun to witness that it’s how one thinks that is creating the dis-ease

As this post is focused upon types of thinking that pose a constraint to fully functioning with flexibility and clarity, in movement, thinking and responding, here are some types of learned responses.  Responses that are mental blocks to cultivating awareness that actually stop transformation of  habitual living and behaviours, mentally, emotionally and physically.

  • evaluative experiences in patterns of making moral judgments
    • labeling
    • assessing
    • diagnosing
    • criticism
    • incorrect use of one’s ability to compare
    • scarcity
  • positions of authority
    • right and wrong thinking
    • punishment and reward
    • making demands
    • hierarchical positions of power over
  • denial of responsibility
    • lack of honesty
    • blame and shame
  • competing
  • status quo

Developing the skills for transforming into who you long to be

 

Ways of integrating ones bodies of function is through new learning experiences for checking in and exploring:

 

 

  • how one thinks now and noticing if there is a better quality of experience with new patterns
  • how one moves now and noticing if there is a better quality of experience with new patterns
  • how one is stimulated by their lifestyle and surroundings now and noticing if there is a better quality of experience with new patterns

Finding your intention and creating a target for meeting the goals of who you long to be with Inside Awareness

The learning modules here at Inside Awareness can be specific to life areas whether you are:

  • looking for your life purpose
  • seeking to improve your relationships to all life
  • wanting to enhance your physical abilities
  • introduce a sense of sacredness in your environment 

Each module are concrete actions steps that bring one into the shift they long for.

Each module has a foundation in practical steps and have applications that are logical yet bring focus to the illusive.

Inside Awareness focuses upon switching back on one’s inherent ability to learn where the experience becomes the teacher and the student becomes the sage.

The intention is to increases creativity and expressiveness in living. by Renee Lindstrom

Awareness Through Living Mentoring Programs Available:

 1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

 

Follow the journey on TwitterInstagram or Facebook

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
Renee Lindstrom Live
Copyright 2014 – 2020 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

 

Past equals present, present equals future

 

In the land of right and wrong there is only the separating experience of right and wrong.

 

 

If one longs for connection, right and wrong isn’t important.

Your motivation for connection is what is important.

The skill: to move beyond reaction to pause and explore your intention.


by Renee Lindstrom

Awareness Through Living Programs Available:

 1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog Renee Lindstrom Live
Copyright 2007 – 2020 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

 

 

 

Like everyone in the world I wondered if my live interaction with students would come back to life

Getting set up for Functional Integration sessions (Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education)

Like everyone in our recent reality seeing people in person had stopped or shifted to phone calls and zoom.  In the past few weeks as talk of  lifting the  restrictions began I had  doubt and uncertainty about how to move forward myself.  There was a  lingering question of whether anyone would come.  I wondered if there was a future.  All it took was a student to connect and inquire if I was seeing anyone yet or not.  They shared they would be willing to connect on-line yet expressed a preference to come in person.  Okay they will come, so now what?

Time to source out disposable face masks, gloves, a face shield, hand sanitizer, cleaners for disinfecting and new cleaning cloths.  Then set to work on the new appearance of the space.  Removing all extraneous objects, getting the steamer in to steam everything including the carpet.  Setting it up to walk through to experience how it could work.  This included changing shoes and having a specific pair just for that space and having disinfectant ready for spraying the soles of their shoes.  Walking through it it became apparent that I will know have to giving directions on how to enter into the office with me opening and closing doors to limit touching.  It’s a lot of extra work.  Going through it I found I was hot and sweating.

My appreciation grew for those in the care industry who have been working on the front lines.

After walking through this and recognizing it was doable I recognized this could be be totally integrated.  Then this same student inquired how much extra I would like to charge for the additional costs, etc.  I was thankful for this inquiry of thoughtfulness  My focus of attention was on the equipment and how to get ready, not the financial costs.  My thoughts go to how living and working through this appears to be affecting pretty much all of the primary nine life areas.  Getting serious about conscious safety at work increases the knowledge on how to be safer in my home life areas.  What ever I experience in either area, work or home, influences all of these:

  1. Wealth
  2. Fame
  3. Relationships
  4. Past
  5. Health
  6. Future
  7. Education
  8. Career
  9. Community

3 things I have learned from this experience

  1. It is doable.
  2. Extra precautions for cleanliness can be taken for the benefit of all.
  3. We can ask for and also be more considerate meeting the needs for valuing others and one-self.

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by Renee Lindstrom

Awareness Through Living Mentoring Programs Available:

1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
Renee Lindstrom Live

Beautifully Aligned Body stimulated by the sign of Leo

As the moon journeys through Leo today it has an effect on the these body parts:

Blood, Heart, Lower Back, Circulation, Spleen

 

Have you consider an eating plan that aligns with the moon and star formations?  An example for the Moon in Leo is to:

Avoid spicy food, meat & dairy

Leo is a sign of creativity and beauty.  This influence needs interesting and inspirational food presentation.

Learn more about eating with the Moon and Stars

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Book a personalized Coaching session for self, work, group or create a retreat
250-361-7508

by Renee Lindstrom

Awareness Through Living Mentoring Programs Available:

1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
Renee Lindstrom Live

 

Beautifully Aligned Body stimulated by the sign of Cancer today

As the moon journeys through Cancer today it has an effect on the these body parts:

Stomach, Breast, Womb, Gut, Absorption, Fluids, Pancreas

 

 

Have you consider an eating plan that aligns with the moon and star formations?  An example for the Moon in Cancer is to:

Avoid oily foods, meat, dairy, salt, sweets, coffee & refined sugar

Enjoy light and familiar foods 

Cancer is sensitive & cautious

Learn more about eating with the Moon and Stars

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Book a personalized Coaching session for self, work, group or create a retreat
250-361-7508

by Renee Lindstrom

Awareness Through Living Mentoring Programs Available:

1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

Follow the journey on TwitterInstagram or Facebook

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
Renee Lindstrom Live

 

 

What examples do you have of how the past influences the present & future?

In my coaching and mentoring with clients and students I hold the understanding of how the past influences the present and future. This is whether it is an environmental consultation Feldenkrais® Functional Integration session/lesson or Nonviolent Communication Session/Lesson. In this photo these Hen’s ‘n Chicks are from a few left at the side of the road off Beach Drive in 2000. They have become a part of the family and moved with us on 4 occasions. Imagine the connection to these garden plants that has grown into a strong bond. When it comes time to space and thin them out there is no way they go into the compost. New ways of sharing them has become a creative adventure that is satisfying. They respond by growing! Each time I observe them I have a connection through our 20 year relationship and knowledge of how they came into our garden knowing exactly where they came from. The relationship has evolved over these 20 years increasing the depth of heart connection and familiarity. The future was influenced by their connection to expanded spontaneous creativity. They have supported creative projects that where unthinkable 20 years ago. With their abundant availability the lack of my creativity turned into hesitant action that has transformed into spontaneous action. Outcome – quieter mind, deeper connection to being grounded and open to the present. What examples do you have of how the past has influenced your present and future?

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Book a personalized Coaching session for self, work, group or create a retreat
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by Renee Lindstrom

Awareness Through Living Mentoring Programs Available:

1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

Follow the journey on TwitterInstagram or Facebook

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
Renee Lindstrom Live