Inside Awareness Behavior principles are founded upon one similar to the first steps in a of Buddhist Mediation. In meditation one is sitting on a cushion to become comfortable being still in space while watching their thoughts. The purpose is to become *mindful and to experience the environment coming into ones awareness softly versus directing ones attention outwardly. The difference in these two focuses of attention is that one is open and expanded, and other one is closed and limiting.
*mindfulness – an attentive awareness of the reality of things
photo taken at Sooke Potholes, Victoria, B.C.
Mindfulness in Movement follows a principle of the Feldenkrais® Method. (Somatic Movement Education Method) This is learning to focus on slowing down, pausing and beginning to recognize something different within yourself and your movement patterns. If we compared it to a practice like yoga it could be described as becoming aware of the movements leading up to the pose, not the finally pose itself. The difference is the inclusion of the senses; how you hear, sense and translate information to learn your own patterns of movement versus being shown or holding the final pose. In a guided meditation walk or labyrinth walk you are given the posture and path way to focus your journey in. Mindfulness in Movement focus’ your attention and gives you options which gently guides you to becoming conscious of your unconscious habits. It is a waking up of body parts and functions based upon the unique design of our body, mind and sensing functions.
- TUES, JAN 7 – FEB 25 6:45 PM – 7:45PM
LOCATION: Victoria West Community Centre
Increase vitality, well-being and sensual perception using mindful meditative qualities and body movement awareness. Benefits include: increased organic breathing patterns , flexibility, quieter nervous system and groundedness. Renee Lindstrom 8/$60
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One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but my making the darkness conscious.
Have I ever told you how much I enjoy myself! I have the best position in the world! I watch workshop members integrate information and see change in them in as little as two hours.
In two seemingly separate workshops yesterday the members heard me say, “If you don’t use it you lose it!” Both workshops are designed around personal exploration with the intention to increase the use of participants brains in a novel way. One through movement to increase balance and the other relationship behavior. We know our relationships are based upon behavior , yet when you consider movement, it too is a learned behavior!
The workshop members are looking for change and to improve their life abilities in some way. Those only looking for reassurance that they have the answers already move on quickly to the next novel workshop. Those who stay, do so as they are tired of seeking answers from external sources and are wanting sincere change. They are willing to go beyond thinking about it and finding easy answers. They are willing to explore and deepen their understand through practical experience. That’s when the magic happens and brains mapping increases. I see a shift in facial expressions, body posture and tone. This is when tiredness turns into engagement, fear turns into contentment, and lack of supporting oneself turns into personal power of supporting oneself.
I also enjoy the verbal feedback that comes from participants. One of our workshops from yesterday explored deepening patterns of listening. A practice of a simple pattern of steps was introduced with an explanation of how it was similar to a pattern used in other parts of our culture to increase safety. At the end of the night one participant shared they had just spent the past weekend in a loving kindness meditation. While listening to their teacher they had moments of joyful surprise when what they heard was similar to what they had been learning and practicing through our workshops together.
The difference for me is that our workshops are based upon the practical application: to act from conscious action in the moment you are living the experience. It is not a practice of faith, tradition or spirituality. It is not the dogma. It is a series of steps to recognize and change behavior. I believe it may support the art of living one’s faith! Perhaps it is the bridge to bring that loving kindness into a moment of action.
I know for myself that I can meditate until the cows come home and still my relationships interactions outside of the mediation space remain the same. The experience is not translating into real life action. Yet I notice that when I have the courage to listen first and then speak authentically and honestly, the same quality of experience rises up within as when I have been in long mediation!
Have I ever told you how much I enjoy this? When I imagine the Japanese Zen artist drawing from a state of mediation and holding the calligraphy pen to draw the circle of life or the dot of awakened state, I draw a comparison. I know the behavioral pattern awareness and integration process I share to be the pen. My opinion is that they are the tool to increase skill levels of behavioral action in the moment of living it.
Behavior is the art “man” has forgotten!
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Fruition is appearing through those struggling through learning and as it pops up for those in my circle of learning – amazing connection of understanding and for me, gratification for contributing I am in the afterglow of three celebrations yesterday in three separate teaching moments that makes my heart sing! Each of the three completely different, couple, single, parent, yet all struggling with the pain of unconscious behaviour of their own and those around them. In the A-ha moments, the prior distress of waking up – gone! The one I would like to share is the feedback of one who recognized the value of getting ego out of the way to work mutually towards the good of the common goal! Wow, I have purposely not used the language of the dharma (ego) even tho having the recognition of these steps as the potential to actually create this experience. Going beyond our habit and learning how to be in a dialogue with understanding is amazing in my opinion!
Self – Acceptance
First, come into the present. Flash on what’s happening with you right now. Be fully aware of your body, its energetic quality. Be aware of your thoughts and emotions.
Next, feel your heart, literally placing your hand on your chest if you find that helpful. This is a way of accepting yourself just as you are in that moment, a way of saying, “This is my experience right now, and it’s okay.”
Curious about your mask?
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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015
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