Contrary to popular sentiments, life will not return to pre-covid experiences

After 10 months of COVID experiences there is a new normal  

Some new behaviours have been created in the 10 months of COVID regardless of one’s beliefs.  New habits have been created in those who actively socially distanced and wore masks.  For those who wore them it has now become second nature, while it continues to be  a source of conflict for those who have resisted these safety measure .

These differing perspectives have divided  community members and nurtured deeper separation amongst us.  Two simple measures that  began as personal courtesies quickly became enforced rules.  This has divided family, friends and community members.

Some of us are relieved by these two simple measures as it meets our needs for safety and freedom, while it doesn’t meet the needs for autonomy and freedom for some.  Our differences can separate us or bring us together.  This following example demonstrates how it has separated us.

In recent news out of Vancouver there was a story of a Policeman’s leg being broken by someone refusing to wear a mask.  This is ten months into COVID.  Imagine the rage this person has harboured inside for the past 10 months!

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While a part of our community has struggled with staying at home and adopting new safety measures, others have pivoted and emerged as innovators.   COVID  has caused businesses to shut down while some great new ideas for businesses has emerged.  New leadership has surfaced to support the community or accidently led to successful  makeovers.  One great example is at local news station, Chek News.  The sports and weather announcers had to pivot and go out on the road which has not only been successful for them, it has supported the community in a way that could not be predicted.  Two of the announcers won awards for their 2020 contributions.  Accidental leadership!

The differences of those who fight change and those who create change are unmasked now after 10 months of COVID.  The energy of these two expressive differences is tangible.  The naysayers and those wanting it to go back the way it was suck the aliveness of motivation out a room.  It feeds disconnection, while those inspired by change increase the motivation in the room and create connection.  These are qualities of experience that have been around for centuries!  That hasn’t changed.

What has changed is our lifestyle.  We shop online now for all our needs like  groceries, furniture and gifts forcing brick and mortar businesses to adopt to this new normal.  We order food and have it delivered versus going out to eat forcing restaurants to pivot.  We have stopped international travel and now explore our own country and communities.    Parents were forced to put their children first over their own careers, adventures and self care.  Rather than paying a community to support the parents lifestyle, the focus of attention has returned to the family unit.   Consider the changes you have made in your lifestyle?

When Dr. Bonnie Henry announced this week that, “… by summer we could all go back to normal if we took measures now, ” I had already reached my own tipping point of  being tolerant for these type of  statements.  Why?  It is never going back to the way it was.  There is a new normal now.  The question is, are we resilient to change?  Can we enjoy the journey or fight it?

The only way to change is action

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by Renee Lindstrom

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1st #yyj Full Moon of 2021 on Jan 28

@ 11:18 a.m.

January’s New Moon signalled in new beginnings and a fresh start while the 5th phase of 2021 first earth/moon rotation cycle reflects, It is done!” The intentions experienced on the New Moon are now moving into the active phase. This is true whether one consciously set their intentions on the New Moon or not. The seeds were sown regardless of one’s focus of attention. The seeds of course are one’s focus of attention! Where was yours at the beginning of January?

Take a moment and consider where your focus of attention was during the 1st few phases of the earth/moon rotation of 2021

This is important as this is the energy creating the foundation for your 2021 experience.

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46 equals 1 in Numerology

What does this mean for today’s new 46th President of the United States?

#1 signifies new beginnings

In simple terms a number 1 reflects success and is associated with the qualities of independence, self-sufficiency and self-determination.


#8 signifies balance and harmony

The inauguration today, January 20, 2021, of the new President in numerology is a number 8. In simple terms a number 8 reflects power, prosperity and leadership.


Today is an auspicious day to be inaugurating a 46th President. May this Presidency align with these influences.


Read how 2021 in numerology is a number 5

Learn how to find the meaning of your house number

The only way to change is action

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Awareness through Communication – Western Mind integrating Eastern Mindful Practice
Awareness through Movement – Retraining Brain beyond western & eastern mind
Awareness through Space  – Landscape and emotional, mental and physical function

by Renee Lindstrom

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Yesterday was first full ‘New Moon Day’ of 2021 & best time to express intentions thru action

Why? As new beginnings are best expressed in a growing moon phase, not a declining one!

At the beginning of each year I follow the simple exercises in ‘Achieving your Goals,’ which has 31 tips for manifesting one’s goals through connecting their intention with their surroundings. Not only do these steps cultivate awareness of the influences of the environment, it increases the bond with it. Redirecting one’s focus through simple actions steps in their immediate space can increase hopefulness which reduces depressed type feelings. Something we weren’t taught in school is how the environment helps to shape our emotional tones. It certainly is a contributor.

An example of one simple task is the first one. It focuses on one’s front door area. Imagine this area as the entrance of all energies that enter into your home or business. The front door entrance is called the “mouth of chi.” Anyone entering into the space brings in their own energies and then they are immediately influenced by the visual and felt experiences of the front entrance. This includes you! The tone of the experience is affected by this experience. Setting a new intention at the door for the new year is an important exercise in having an environment that works with you.

Todays simple exercise is to visual your window reflections as the eyes of the space. What vision do you have for your space this coming year? I usually consider qualities versus material things. Such as, kindness, joy, abundance, ease, health and wellbeing, etc. The windows in your home or workspace are the reflections of how you are recognized in the world.

31 Ways to express your ’21 intentions through your space

The only way to change is action


by Renee Lindstrom

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 3rd Phase of Integration – Integration (Embodiment)

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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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1st egg on 1st New Moon of 2021
  • 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

Effective Movement Posture and Awareness with Life  Mentoring Programs Available:← 

 1st Phase of Integration – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
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 3rd Phase of Integration – Integration (Embodiment)

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Stay focused on this first New Moon of ’21

Today’s moon travels into its first new moon cycle here in the Pacific Northwest at 9:00 p.m., this evening in the sign of the sign of Capricorn.  Today the moon is in the same star formation as the sun.  These solar influences suggest a need for focus on the balance in one’s  home and work  experience.  This is certainly relevant for the global experience!

There is also potential for these solar influences to easily stimulate emotions and reactions making it a good time to set intentions for the next couple of days.  With this potential for being easily triggered a commitment to setting an action plan reduces the likelihood of being victim to this random chaos of environmental influences.  Especially the elusive effects of  the gravitational pull of the moon, earth and sun.

Tips for staying focused during today and tomorrows new moon

Bookend your days

  1. Write out three things you would like to accomplish today.
  2. As you complete each one, pause and take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate your achievement.  (Even if it is simply a clean up job)
  3. At day’s end consider your to do list and acknowledge both the completed tasks and incomplete ones.  Add the incomplete ones to tomorrow’s goals while tapping into your inner celebration for the ones you completed.

These simple steps will encourage new inner patterns that will lead to increasing one’s level of tolerance, and reduce the range of anxious emotions.  It will help one in sleeping more soundly and may increase mindfulness in ones moment to moment experiences.

Interested in this new moons alignment for 2021 

This influences for the next couple of days support cleaning or clearing up old tasks that are left undone.  It also is a great influence for considering the target of achievement you would like to experience this year.  The new moon signifies the beginning or a  fresh start.  Capricorn is a nice sign for a focused new beginning.

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  1. Creating the Target  – Integrative Exercise
  2. Creating the Compass  – Integrative Exercise
  3. Nine Life Area Balance  – Integrative Exercise
  4. 30 Day 8 Phase Goal Setting  – Program
  5. Focused Daily Actions on daily life influences – Program

The numerology of 2021

by Renee Lindstrom

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Awareness of walking

These two videos visually support learning points that I support my students to integrate through movement using guided micromovements in a particular way of exploration. I encourage my students now to watch both of these videos to imprint the visual stimulus for growing envisioning techniques with a focus on transitions of the body’s moving parts.

In this barefoot walking video you will observe the rolling of the feet as each foot transitions individually to step forward. If you continue to observe  you will see how the right foot not only rolls forward the from heel to toe,  the big toe comes up from the ground first as the weight rolls outward to the baby toe side.

Why is this important?

Watch this video again, however this time, raise your gaze up towards the hip joints at the top outside of the legs. Notice the weight being dispersed equally side to side with no effort. The movement appears to be dance like in the flow of easy counterbalance motions.

If you continue to observe the video again you may begin to view how lite the legs are with each step. With each separate step the legs response in a similar way as the feet. Using the ability to shift weight this way with through the bone the also shifts forward and back, and side to side. This is why bones have rounded ends into rounded joints.

Remember that the individual leg bones shift weight differently, in any given moment, as a response to the pressure in the foot. For example, the standing leg that bears ones weight is locked at the ankle, knee and hip when the other leg bends at the ankle, knee and hip.

Mentoring micromovement patterns in community learning groups I have observed that one of the biggest culprits to mobility is the loss of this natural counterbalance. In an earlier post I write about the hidden influences in our environment that are silent systems of learning interrupting these natural movements. I believe it started with sitting for long periods of time having a locked focus of attention in one area of function only. I have discovered the outcome to sitting for long periods creates a gap in one’s brain of the natural movement patterns through the bones of ones pelvis, hips, upper and lower legs, knees, angles and feet.

You will see the differences in how these people walk in this second video. In this video they are mostly picking up their feet and not using the ground to push off like the person in the first video.

 

Begin watching this video with a focus on noticing how both people lift their feet up and hold them in a straight blank like way. This takes an extreme amount of muscle effort which becomes more difficult to continue as one ages.

On second viewing begin to notice their hips. Both people do not have any sway that demonstrates counterbalance through their legs, hips and pelvis. Both of them have one side where the hip seems to bounce hard in the socket of a locked pelvis.  Almost as though wearing an artificial leg. As a Feldenkrais® practitioner I observe a stumble like action.

Watch one more time and lift your  gaze upward to observe turned heads. Each person is looking at the other in a state of intent focus on mental processing. There is no evident counter balance through the upper body. What I see is a locked torso that begins at the base of their neck. It is a much different pattern of walking than in the first video.  

I would describe the first video as effortless and the second one as having tremendous effort.

If continued, the style of walking in the first video would promote aging well and the second one would promote a loss of mobility with joint and bone issues.  

In the first video the pattern of movement reflects what each toddler has learned in order to roll over, sit up, stand, walk and run. In the second video the pattern of movement reflects what happens through the silent learning patterns in institutional learning systems – sitting in a chair to focus on tasks and memorization. Both these learning systems reflect right and left brain activities. They are both relevant to a healthy and productive life, however there is no balance of both systems. The silent organic and inherent one each of us was born with was replaced by the non-organic one created by our ancestors.

I have recommended a mobility board to some of my students to use when sitting.  These boards can pivot from side to side, and front to back.  Find this footrest on Amazon.   Two important points I brought up in these two videos that are available using these boards are: 

     1.  Awareness through shifts in movement with no effort

    • these boards model this type of movement 

      2.  Rotation 

    • these boards cultivate awareness of the subtle shift in bone rotation that begins in the feet and travels upward 

Models of learning are around us starting at birth and continuing into old age.  One never stops learning from the influences surrounding us.  These boards are an example of a learning model that imprints rotations patterns of  movement for those who are having chunky movements and balance issues.   Using these boards at set times throughout the day can enhance integration of the movement pattern, especially if one cultivates awareness of  different shifts in weight.  This pattern of micromoving can reduce inflammation and pain, and increase circulation.  

I encourage my students to now compare the walk in the first video with the pivot available through these footboards.  This comparison may deepen an inner sense of physical support through the skeleton.  

The only way to change is action


by Renee Lindstrom

 

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