Category Archives: Self – Care

Morality & Immunity in 2020

In the first winter months of 2020 I came down with an illness that one of my mates had. I had never heard of COVID so had no references for it’s symptoms. I did know that my immunity was strong and it easily passed. So I thought. Some time later a student who traveled outside the country booked a coaching session and came even though they were ill. Within two days it was back! This time it hit harder and I believe it was due to a lower immunity from the first go around.

Luckily for me the years practicing and mentoring Feldenkrais® made my journey through this somewhat smoother. Whatever I had was affecting my ability to take a breathe. One evening standing and leaning against the counter while focusing on my breathing patterns I realized I may never see my kids again. This was before COVID and restrictions. It was in my chest and interfering with the compulsion to organize and stimulate breathing contractions. This function seemed to have a gap and my brain wasn’t connecting to it somehow. In that instant I felt the presence of two reactions hovering. Panic and calm and steady. I choose calm and steady as I mentally reassured myself I had been training to breathe since 2004. I began to do Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® standing there. Small supported micro-movements to stimulate my chest cavity bones. I knew I had to get my ribs, spine, shoulders, head and pelvis moving in order to get a natural pumping action to reverse the typical muscular locking that happens when one panics. Luckily for me the movement pattern was familiar and soon it calmed the survival instinct that usually takes over and becomes rigid when it kicks in. It only took a few movements before the gap I was experiencing passed and the breathing muscles fired back up. This happened a few more times after heavy bouts of coughing, yet after that first experience of directing focus on micro-movements they easily passed.

Having this ability to choose in that moment when there was a gap in the inclination to take a breathe was profound for me. It was my living example of changes I had seen in my students over the years when their breathing became fuller through increased use of their moving parts. Rigidity or holding becomes a habit that one isn’t aware of over time.

This experience brought up celebration and regret. The celebration was the living experience itself that demonstrated to me the benefits of learning methods I had been devoted to for years. The regret was the realization that at any moment something could happen quickly without being able to connect with my children. Just after these recognitions more news came out about COVID. This news added to stimulating that grief button over and over as winter turned into spring and spring into summer. I have one child living out of province which increased the grief.

By fall of 2020 I started to come out of the hangover of unresolved parenting issues that engulfed me after my own morality slapped me across the face earlier in the year. Two streams of experience co-existed for me in 2020. Unlike most references to 2020 I hear, I can share that I found a deeper joy, playfulness and beauty in 2020. I fell passionately in love with life and desire for it in its simplest experience. This was 2019’s dream, however I could never imagined it would come into being in the way that it did.

The grief process healed my parental guilt and transitioned personal reactions to a softer experience. Now there is space to have a choice to not attach to actions creating conflicted states. The grief process has always had an outcome similar to a mindfulness meditation experience for me. This means I have come away from 2020 with more autonomy increasing interdependent relationships with my young adult children. I hoped to be modeling interdependent relationships for my kids, however I hadn’t anticipated it would be realized through broken heartedness over some circumstance outside of my control!

Back in the emerging spring of 2020 I made a commitment to myself after the second bout of whatever it was I was experiencing. I made a strong commitment to increase my immunity. I unpacked some old strategies I had taken in the early 2000’s when I was experiencing symptoms of cancer. I reintroduced some of these valuable actions and introduced more. The outcome has been more than I could hope for.

There have been so many valuable lessons in 2020 that have the potential to increase the quality of living life now in 2021.

Have you explored your positive takeaways of 2020? What are you grateful for from 2020 that contributes now to your 2021 experience?

A few of mine are:

  • increased self-care
    • eating plan with focus on nutrition for separate body parts
    • infrared-saunas for detox and toning soft tissue
    • infrared light sessions for detox and toning soft tissue
    • skin brushing for lymph and skin support
    • rebounding for lymph support
    • pulling oil through teeth for detox
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  • increased connection to self and life
    • increased growing of sprouts, mushrooms and ferments
    • increased preparing foods from home
    • introduced chicks in early fall to explore home-grown eggs
  • increase in awareness of personal value needs & less tolerance of grey areas
    • seeing students and having roommates during COVID times has increased awareness of how meeting each others needs is not a primary focus in co-existing
    • 2020 has ended in a new habit of being committed to honestly expressing all needs on issues, no matter how small, to get equal and fair contribution to the wellness for all

2020 has ended with times of running, jumping and laughing with the chickens and of losing sleep over students or roommates introducing the COVID experience. It definitely has refocused attention on what is important to life.

The only way to change is action


by Renee Lindstrom

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Strong natural disinfectant with citrus and vinegar

In 2018 I began fermenting apple cider vinegar from scratch.  When it was ready I decided to infuse it with the orange, grapefruit and lemon peels that I was collecting.  You will recognize these citrus fruits as additives in your store purchased cleaners as  their oils they are  a powerful antiseptic.  They smell good too.

You can use white vinegar to infuse with  your fresh citrus peels rather than making apple cider vinegar from scratch.  It only takes a few days to draw the oils out of the peels.

Once infused it doesn’t take much to make a natural antiseptic spray cleaner.  I use just under a one part of infused vinegar to 4 parts water (if using apple cider vinegar and washing walls, I use less vinegar).

Use baking soda as a scrub for tough marks, grease and spills.  You will be surprised at how clean surfaces become.  Pause to check in as you may notice that the surroundings have a different feel to them.  Both baking soda and salt are softening agents and can be used to soften water.  This translates into the surroundings too.  Your body is  in more aligned with natural elements and opens or softens with them while harsh chemicals can attach your senses,  cause allergies and mood swings.  I have personally noticed that I enjoy being in my environment more and that creating my own cleaners from household products is grounding and satisfying.

Once you begin to use these products you may find them easier and cheaper to use eliminating the need for costly cleaners.

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by Renee Lindstrom

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Simple natural care suggestions for self & your surroundings

In earlier posts I shared some ways for physical  self-care through boosting your immune system , cleansing with sea – salt and the importance of eating  living food. Now here is a focus on self care for your environment.

Energy follows focus of attention which can be influenced by scent, sound, flavour, vision & feeling 

 

With Feldenkrais I find the focus of attention to be upon the motivation point of action in functional movement while, Nonviolent Communication has been upon the motivation point of interpretation and interaction.

An important stimulant to one’s action that is often overlooked is the environment.

In Feldenkrais I teach my students that their soft tissue, muscles, etc., creates the environment for their bones.

 

In coaching I teach my students that their language & listening skills creates the environment for their relationships.  

 

Reading the surroundings of ones lifestyle I teach my students its illusive effects on mental, emotional, spiritual and physical responses.  

I have learned that ones focus of attention  creates the intention for an action and that this includes unconscious and conscious stimulus.  Recently I sent a  gift set of essential oils to someone special to support their senses and to use for cleansing.  Typically they are used in massage oils, aromatherapy blends and perfumes, however they can be used in body and environmental sprays.

The essential oil that is the most versatile for my use is lavender. The Romans named the plant after washing (lava is to wash).  They used it as an antiseptic.   I combine it with water to spray the environment for cleansing and I spray my head for clarity if I have too much mental heat from stress.

Other oils in the set that are effective are sweet orange, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint and lemon grass.  They can also be added to  a rinse for face or hair, to bath water  and to a spray bottle with water to use as a spray or added to your existing products.  Another way I enjoy using them is to put a few drops on a cotton ball to inhale or on a piece of lava or stone.

  • Sweet orange is an ideal overall mood enhancer and relaxant. It has a  balancing effect on the mind and body.
  • Lemongrass kills germs and  is used for cough, achy joints, fever, the common cold, and exhaustion. It can be also used as a mild astringent
  • Peppermint has anti-microbial properties and is us used as a cleaning solvent to sanitize and deodorize the environment.  As a disinfectant  it can eliminate bugs in the home and acts as an effective insect repellent.
  • Tea Tree has antiseptic qualities and  can be used for sanitizing hands.
  • Eucalyptus supports the respiratory system and soothes physical discomforts. It is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and a  decongestant.

Once you add essential oil to your environment pause and notice any changes.  Specifically in how you feel.

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by Renee Lindstrom

How to get started

Awareness Through Living Mentoring Programs Available:

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

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
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Rejuvenating bath with sea-salt

Sea Salt

A wonderful way to soften your water and increase your energy levels is to bath in sea-salt and baking soda.  Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and it will enhance your senses.

Sea-salt is a sacred element and often used to clean the energy in our environment.  Many of us are unaware that it can also clear our personal energy fields.  Baking soda softens water and when immersed in this combination you will begin to feel softer yourself.

Remember to book at least 20 minutes for soaking and enjoying this time in the bath and also dunk your head a few times to complete immerse yourself.  It will clear your chakras and all your bodies; physical, etheric perceptual, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Recipe for sea-salt rejuvenating bath

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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)

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