Walking an intentional pathway on your journey to achieving your goals

The lunar cycle and the labyrinth are two ancient patterns we use at Inside Awareness for encouraging one to become self-aware and align with life purpose.  These patterns have the potential to ‘free up destructive self-talk’ in a fun and active way of shifting focus.

Both of these patterns compliment the integrative learning models that are a foundation of our coaching and mentoring programs at Inside Awareness to  support one to be their best selves.  These are models of self-improvement that where created in this century by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, Founder of Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education  and Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Founder of Nonviolent Communication.   The lunar cycle and the labyrinth can deepen an aspect of increasing awareness of where ones focus of attention is that both these models are based upon.

An example of this is the New Moon Labyrinth Walk we held in September, 2018 in Greater Victoria where we hosted a group walk at #yyj’s Irving Park on a guided pathway to acknowledge our intentional focus for this coming this lunar cycle using movement.  The labyrinth symbolizes letting go, unwinding, pausing for clarity and walking out with a fresh start.    Some in our group had a focus on finding love, others to improve relationships and others to improve quality of life.

Irving Park Labyrinth

A labyrinth pathway is a great alternative to mazes.  Mazes reflect the puzzles solved in everyday life.  A maze is a mental exercise to solve problems while a labyrinth disengages the mind to create a more balanced experience.   A labyrinth is a  fluid pathway that reflects the flow of life.

The Dance of the Labyrinth

  • There are three parts to walking a labyrinth:
    1. Guided journey in to center point created by the path itself
    2. Center – pause for being present
    3. Actively walking out into the world possibly with more purpose – action

Journey in

The suggested focus walking into the labyrinth was on listening to the drum beat that resembled a *heart beat.  The request to the participants was to come back to the sound if they found themselves drifting off in thought or emotion.

Walking mind-fully through a labyrinth can expand one’s senses bringing them into a closer somatic experience with themselves and their surroundings.

Reflecting in the Center

In the center of  the center of the labyrinth we spent time in silent introspection  and then later  we shared, “See me Beautiful,” by Red Grammer.  This reminds us that we are  beautiful.

Actively Re-entering

Walking out of the labyrinth reflected action.  For me I experienced a joyful stride and took pleasure in the experience.

intention & the New Moon

The New Moon in the lunar calendar represents a fresh start  also.  It is the opportunity to become attentive to the changes you are longing for and time to acknowledge the changes you long for.

Aligning the labyrinth walk with the new moon is just that, ‘ aligning ones motivation and inspiring action.’

Pictured below are  are the 8 phases of the lunar calendar cycle.  Each phase is an opportunity to consider and refine your goals.  It is a model or pattern that can increase the agility of mind and calming emotional responses.  It is a pattern of integrative learning that actively supports educating oneself in a new way of thinking, acting and speaking.

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8 Phases of the Moon


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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Feldenkrais in the Pool?

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Pic by Pixaby

Recently a client asked if I would come into the pool for our Feldenkrais session.  I couldn’t see any reason not to and was curious about the upcoming experience.

The day arrives and this clients physio and I are at the outdoor pool with them.  I begin with listening and observing what their routine is in the pool before sharing any possible movement patterns.  What I recognize is simple and doable movements are missing.  Movements such as rotating leg in a circle to loosen hip-joint and create a brains connection to using this rotation in future patterns of movement.  A movement the client can successful do in the pool without strain or pain.  I suggested this pattern and then added ankle joint circles.  In the water this movement was more available and the client had more ease in turning one foot in a circle once again increasing the connection between the brain and the action.  Finally going to their knees and to explore bending them to bring them up one at a time to mimic walking which is doable in the water.

After a few minutes of creating these easy patterns that are difficult on dry land I suggest that the client stretch out in the water face down and begin to bring knees towards chest to mimic crawling.  Beautiful precursor to walking!

Feldenkrais in the water?  YES!

One take-a-way was what happened when a stretching exercise created a leg cramp.  In explaining it the physio said to the client, …. “this is the same cramp that you have had since last year.”  I waited a for a time and said that cramps come with movements that are happening in the moment.  I asked the client what movement they  did that resulted in the cramp.  Both the physio and the client identified immediately that it was the stretching exercise.  The function of being able to associate with the real action is imperative if there is to be effective change.  Generalization, association and storytelling has no therapeutic value in my opinion.  Why?  There is no connection or awareness of the action to be able to replace it with a new action.

Another take-a-way is that rotating the limb was called, “range of motion” by the physio versus a movement the client can make to increase their functional ability to increase the way they move.   Generalizing this movement by labeling it “range of motion” creates a degree of separation in the clients conscious awareness of it’s intended function.  It’s time to get back to the basics and focus on real function.  Lets stop talking a language of separation and start speaking  a language of connection to functions.


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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New #yyj Labyrinth

A new Labyrinth in Oak Bay at St. Philip Church. Open to everyone to walk. Located on lawn off parking lot. Sweet and simple lawn Labyrinth with landscaping tiles.


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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