Category Archives: Awareness through Movement

The need to shift theory observations to clear observations in physicality

One fact that we can all agree upon is that our physicality was our first experience on the planet.  We were not born with a developed belief system or  the ability to theorize based upon short-term and long-term memory association.

As a movement specialist using the learning style of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education I have found the largest obstacles I am challenged with are people’s tendencies to react, process and respond using only their short-term and long-term memory associations, and learned thought (thinking) process.  Many go into long stories of self-diagnosis, comparisons, identifying and naming associations to what they have already learned and memorized.  This limits the current experience and eliminates the potential for any increased insight.Feldenkrais

My job as a practitioner is to distract this habitual behaviour of theory based observations by creating opportunities for cultivating awareness of exact inner observation experiences in the moment.  This translates to what is being sensed (felt, smelt, tasted, heard and seen) in the exact moment of experiencing it.

This is the uniqueness of the inherent learning we were born with.  I often share with students that if we couldn’t sense our shifting weight in our physicality as a baby we would never have gotten up off the floor, never rolled over, sat, walked or run.  Arrested development!

The learning style we came into this world with is an intelligent way of exploring and increasing our capacity that  does not have a limited focus.  It includes a balance of physical, cultural, perceptive, emotions, mental and soul/spiritual functions.

In my last post I wrote about an actual observation using vocabulary versus a theory observation.  What we say in outer and inner conversation has a direct link to our movement ability.  What we say in outer and inner conversation creates false feelings that are not happening in the current moment.  Rather they are created by memories and perpetuated by the retelling.  This influences our emotions that has a direct link to our movement abilities.

Creating an empathetic experience through connection to thinking, words we tell ourselves, feelings and movement

The challenge can be creating an environment where the student can become curious and explore movement in a way that creates effective change in their movement behaviour versus their learned desires for finding solutions and ways to be fixed.

  • Can your mind go to your posture and movement and not have your first thought be on yoga, the gym, or how much exercise you get?  
  • Can you focus your minds attention to your movement and not think about conditions or limitations?
  • Can you focus your minds attention to your available movement and not compare yourself to who you were in the past, others or go to where you long to be?  

One of the greatest gifts is listening to what is exactly in the current moment using one’s senses.  Your senses aren’t constrained by rules, dogma, perspectives, beliefs and self-image.  This style of listening moves past stuck ways of thinking into a fresh blank page of nothingness with an openness to exploring in an attitude of curiosity.  Like that of when you were a babe beginning your movement journey.   Guided into your own moves versus the demands of being told how, what, where.

In my  practice I combine the understanding of an empathetic environment and lifestyle,  empathetic speaking and listening with a movement style that is empathic. I also include this same understanding of each in my communication and life-style coaching and environment consultants. 

spider-4471795_960_720Over the years the benefits of weaving these together through my different session offerings has become obvious in witnessing the lasting shifts that have taken place.

 

 

 


About Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

One important aspect of her practice is improving physical function.  She has experienced how unresloved needs can restrict movement causing one to have less flexibility. The ability to refine and translate dialogue can help settle emotional fears, pain and anger, or improve one’s needs to be seen, heard and valued in relationships.

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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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Introducing the Cerebellum

Cerebellum is a Latin word that when translated into English it means little brain.  The circled part of brain pictured here is the Cerebellum.  It is located behind the brain stem just under the two lobes of the brain.

Early in my Feldenkrais training a video was shown of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais working with an infant who was borne without a Cerebellum.  Her name was Elizabeth.  Elizabeth’s parents had been told by numerous Doctors after her birth that she would never be able to learn, walk, talk or think.  Their predictions and recommendations were dismal.  In their first meeting Dr. Feldenkrais told Elizabeth’s parents that she was far more intelligent than her earlier Doctors had predicted.  As it turns out Elizabeth did grow up and attend University and had the ability to walk independently.  Thankfully her parents didn’t listen to all the earlier diagnoses and continued their pursuit of supporting their young child to reach her potential!

Why am I writing about the Cerebellum today? 

This body part became a dominate focus of attention in meditation this morning.  While sitting I guide my focus of attention through my body parts for a sensory check in, especially if I feel agitated. My intention is to discover  where the agitation is located.  Having a strong Kinesthetic sense means that if one part of body function is agitated balance is off. This sitting and scanning pattern allows for awareness of what is out of balance and gives the opportunity to pause and observe the agitation.

Usually recognizing it without going into story or strategies is enough to clear it.  If not, this recognition cultivates awareness of how this imbalance may influence the days functional abilities giving more choices of how to respond versus reacting.

It’s important to increase understanding of the impact the Cerebellum has in our moment to moment living experiences.  It governs key functions such as speech, mood, fear and pleasure response, balance and posture, mental function, movement, motor learning, and vision.  ​It receives information  from other regions of the  brain and body to coordinate and control voluntary movements.  Recognizing the world events is influencing  my cerebellum gives me pause to consider that it will be a major influence in others current experiences as well.

The Cerebellum is known as the fear and anger center which communicates with the pre-frontal cortex.  Five tangible ways you can choose to increase the window of tolerance in the fear and stress responses of in the cerebellum region:

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Read More on Physical Reactions to Fear

Watch Video of Elizabeth receiving Functional Integration as young adult


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Read more on Mental & Emotional Responses to Fear

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Read more on Pre-frontal Cortex Responses

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Awareness Through Living

1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)
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Your focus is where your attention goes…….

Your focus stimulates your connection physically, ethereally, perceptually, emotionally, mentally and ultimately your connection and contribution to life, environment and planet.

 


One of the physical areas that is a hit right now in my Feldenkrais work is  eye focus.  It seems that those spending time using Zoom have been getting coaching on how to appear through facial expression and eye contact.  It seems that the focus has gone from full body expression to facial with this current medium for staying in touch!

This leads to a question for consideration.  Do you focus on the world and take aim with your eyes or do you let the world come to you?  If you had to guess, which action would be intense and which action would be soft?

What I am hearing as a need from those on the receiving end of a Zoom connection is for empathy expressions.  Those who haven’t accomplished slowing down and softening their eyes are unable to mask their lack of empathy over Zoom.

If you would be interested in discovering more about ways to cultivate this skill through simple micro-moves connect and arrange a Zoom  session.   This is not a trend for healing yourself or others, it is simply increasing your functional facial expressions that increases your accessibility.

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by Renee Lindstrom

Awareness Through Movement® 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
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Spring Feldenkrais in Oak Bay starts March 16th


March 16th to April 27th, ’20

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New Feldenkrais Workshops start in Oak Bay:

  • Balance & A Fear of Falling –  read more
  • Awareness through Movement – read more

Register @ Monterey Recreation Centre – 250-370-7300

1442 Monterey Avenue

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

Balance Tip for falling fear when going down inclines

Are you fearful of falling going down stairs or an incline? This is the  number one  question at Renee’s Balance & A Fear of Falling Movement Series. 

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Her answer:  

Drop your center of gravity

Try it. 

  • Drop your center of gravity.  Can’t figure it out?  Bend your knees and let your butt drop down slightly.  Notice the difference in your feet.
  • Straighten up again and notice your body weight and posture
  • Now drop down and notice the difference.

Bending your knees and dropping your butt slightly is more grounding and can give one a sense of  solidness in their feet calming the fear center.

Learn more about Feldenkrais 

Learn more about Movement Series

by Renee LindstromEffective Movement Posture  Mentoring Programs Available:

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

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Throat Chakra Focus in today’s Gemini Moon

Gemini is associated with the Throat Chakra which governs the voice, endocrine gland, thyroid, and communication.  It relates to truth, nobility, serenity, spiritualism, thoughtfulness and kindness.  It is associated with faith, caring, peace and fidelity.

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More on Gemini:

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
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MENTORING IS AVAILABLE FOR EFFECTIVE PERSONAL  INTEGRATION

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Goals, Food, Movement & Life Style Updates

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How out of balance Taurus qualities can manifest physically & embodying change

Taurus  governs hearing, touch, smell and taste and the neck, voice and  throat.

When these parts are out of balance here are some physical ways it can manifest that become habitual. 

Developing an awareness of how to focus and enhance ones lifestyle can change the story of these conditions.  Cultivating this awareness to focus attention on whole function on the inside and expand it to go beyond ones perspective and beliefs to include physical, mental and emotional functions.

In the following figure the parts of  the human functional process are separated into visual bodies to make them easier to identify.

Currently understanding of human function seems to lack the knowledge of how each body of  function is inter-related.  This creates a gap of in ones ability to regulate and balance functions leading to system malfunctions.

For example, if someone is totally focused upon physicality with strong cultural beliefs of self-image, their personal mental and emotional health may suffer.  They may act out false self-esteem through aggression in relationships creating escalating conflict.

Since 2007 Renee has employed methods to support the creation of personal balance and inner harmony at home, work or at play.  They integrate the Bodies of Function whether the gateway session  is focused upon movement,  relationships, or environment.   This concept easily translates into individual coaching, mentoring, and  group learning events.

More in-depth learning about the Body of Functions is incorporated into the Intermediate Awareness through Communication teachings and deepened in Intensive Embodied Mentoring Programs

Guidance through simple change agent action steps can harness ones power of  learning to retrain mental, emotional and physical behaviours.

   The major benefit is taking one’s power back by cutting through the materialism  that gives it away.

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MORE  below ON UNDERSTANDING FOR TO EFFECT  EXPERIENCES OF INNER CHANGE


EXPERIENCE IS THE ALIVENESS OF  EXPRESSION & ACTIONS

AWARENESS OF LIFE IS THE NEW ZEN

Check out this interpretation of the structure of of living zen versus sitting zen

Grounding & Support

 #1.  Physical Environment 

  • environment influences
  • eating plan

Affect change through retraining using methods of Awareness through Space and Awareness through Eating.

Awareness through Space Coaching or Consulting can be as simple as adding  or subtracting influences to create mental & emotional harmony & balance or functional to support physicality
Calming decor accents for out of balance Taurus behaviours←

 

Awareness through Eating Coaching or Consulting can be as simple as receiving empathy, setting goals, creating an environment for success or accountability coaching.

 

Eating with the Stars

 

Taurus  Moon Influences for Daily Goal Setting

 


Creates life  (how life is lived & experienced)

#2.  Body Function

  • senses; sight, sound, touch, taste & smell and abilities to hear, see, feel, taste & smell
  • brain function
  • physical body & functioning –  voice, breathing, movement, responses, circulatory & glandular systems, digestive function,  reproductive &  elimination systems, etc.

Affect change through retraining using methods of Awareness through Movement

Awareness through Movement can be experienced through guided patterns of movement in classes or personal functional integration sessions.

 

Taurus Awareness through Movement introduction ←

 


Filters information, responds and captures experiences

#3.  Mental Function

  • short-term & long term memory
  • learned thoughts (one’s thoughts are personal and not what others believe)
  • learned thinking (how one thinks is a personal process and doesn’t translate to being another’s perspective)
  • learned communication (how one choose their words is personal and the words may not have the same impact for someone else)

Affect change through retraining using methods of Awareness through Communication & Effective Empathy

Awareness through Communication & Effective Empathy Listening  Consulting, Coaching, or Training can be explored privately or in groups.

 

Six ways to balance emotions & reactive behaviours of  Taurus
Taurus Moon Influences for Daily Goal Setting

 


MENTORING IS AVAILABLE FOR EFFECTIVE PERSONAL  INTEGRATION

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

Daily Moon Phase Calendar for Personal Goal Setting

Goals, Food, Movement & Life Style Updates

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