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Sharing a Labyrinth Meditative Journey – Victoria Yoga Conference ’19

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

 

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Journey the Labyrinth Meditative Pathway Description for the Yoga Conference, Feb, ’19

“As people tread through the turns and counter turns of the labyrinth, the world begins to drop away. Walking, breathing, being—things that we never think of in the day-to-day whirl of life—become conscious and deliberate.” 

Helen Curry, Author The Way of the Labyrinth

A labyrinth is a meandering clockwise or counter-clockwise spiral pathway that usually favours an east facing entrance. This entrance is the threshold that transitions one from the known into the unknown and this unfamiliar walk encourages one to deepen trust in their journey. The spiral leads through the four cardinal directions towards a center point and then back out. This 5000 year old walking pattern symbolizes a physical, metaphorical, spiritual, and healing walk through life and is designed for learning to listen to ourselves on the ‘inside’ while maintaining awareness of the ‘outer’ in a quality of exploration and curiosity. One does not need special training, or a level of fitness and spiritual belief to walk a Labyrinth as a meditative process.

The experiential process of walking a labyrinth is similar to a yoga asana practice that begins with setting an intention at the entrance and then when walking shift ones focus to the felt sensory awareness at the physical, mental, and emotional levels. At the center of the labyrinth there is time to pause to listen to ones
intuition before reversing and walking the pathway back out.

5 PARTS OF WALKING A LABYRINTH IN MEDITATION

  • Intention: Prior to entering speak a prayer or mantra or set an intention to find resolve or answer to a decision.
  • Release: The walk towards the center is a time to be receptive to ones sensory experience transition to what is seen, heard and felt and not focusing on thoughts and judgments.
  • Receive: One then may spend time mediating in the center of listen to any inner guidance that may occur.
  • Return: On the journey back out of the labyrinth one will be reversing the spiral pattern. This is once again a time for noticing the somatic sensation for any changes. On the way out one may find themselves with solutions to their intention simply coming with ease.
  • Gratitude: Immediately after stepping over the entrance threshold, turn to bow to the center of the Labyrinth with attitude of appreciation.

The seed pattern of the Labyrinth will be explored in our workshop with a focus on how it is relevant to our physicality, balance and counter balance abilities. An
introduction on how to draw a 7 Circuit Labyrinth using this seed pattern that
reflects our ability to transition body weight to balance.

A short time will be spent on learning to drawing a 7 Circuit Labyrinth as this can be as effective as walking in one. It can be a nice skill for future creative walking
path creations. This seven circuit labyrinth can be set with the intention of becoming a Chakra Pathway which will be touched upon.

An introduction to walking a labyrinth for meditation will be introduced with a focus on the connection to the patterns effecting movement, mindfulness and emotion and how walking a labyrinth can be a pattern for integrating into leadership qualities. The labyrinth is a wonderful independent walk that is stronger when walked in community. A new way of being leaders of the heart can be reflected in how one walks a labyrinth while in community.

The Labyrinth pattern has been walked since before organized religion. Ancient patterns are still being discovered and new patterns are being created. Before
closing our workshop there will an opportunity to walk an 11 Circuit Labyrinth in community to explore this wonderful tool for centering and becoming present to the moment.

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Copyright 2014 – 2019 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

I have to share this!!!

Yesterday at my Awareness through Movement® class on Balance a participant mentioned that when she went to her Doctor, his solution for her was to say,   “Just, stop falling!”

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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

In a blink of an eye your purpose can shift without your awareness of it!

I have a temporary house guest!  Her name is Kooks and I am wondering if changing her name to something calmer would restore calm and peace in my home!  She is my son’s cat who has arrived along with him while he gets enrolled in school and settled into a new job.

Having her has been a learning experience.  She is only a few years old and extremely active.   This is made worse by the fact that there is  a steady flow of deer, raccoons, squirrels, birds and flying things past our windows.  Having a park one house down also guarantees a steady parade of kids, dogs and people on various forms of transportation.  She is an indoor cat who is longing to be an outdoor one.  Oh did I mention the neighbor cat that is the size of a bull-dog!  Kooks is a small cat about the quarter of size of a fully grown cat that acts like she is the same size as the bull-dog cat.  It would not be a good match.

How do you think my focus of attention has shifted?  Well  I can tell you it’s gone from having no concern or care for a cat to a full-time focus.  She is curious and wants to know everything I am doing.  She is bored with her own company, doesn’t like to be alone  and expresses herself constantly.  She positions herself into being the “purpose” or focus of attention (intention) and when she’s not, she ensures you are aware of her, even at night.  She has brought many moments of affection, cuddles, playfulness and beauty as well so it’s hard to be annoyed at her.  However, her distraction to focus includes sleeping!  A night or two is manageable yet after a few nights the deficit affects waking hours and before you know it your drained and not able to support a healthy regime.  You slide.  At least I am noticing it for myself.  My solution is to wake up to what is happening and take my power back!  Yes unfortunately I am noticing how easy it is to lose your power to an animal and I am not referring to having a power animal.

It wasn’t my intention to have an animal after loosing my dog a few years back so I had not considered my agenda by have this one as a guest.  I have enjoyed her, yet in meeting her constant needs, I recognize that it has interfered with meeting my own.  Now it’s time to take steps to balance this out while she visits.

I now know first hand the value of asking oneself these questions:

  • Are you aware of how others and animals can influence where you focus your attention?
  • Did you know that your focus of attention is your ‘purpose” and can be shifted by a thought, feeling or interruption?
  • Are you aware when your focus of attention is hijacked away from your original intention?

If you answered no to the above questions, begin to notice this for yourself.

You may be at work focusing on a program you are developing and a peer walks into your office and doesn’t ask if you have a free moment and simply begins talking about their problem they are dealing with.  What happens to your concentration?

It may be at home while trying to get dinner on and your teen comes in to tell you how you ruined their day without asking you if you have a free moment first beforehand.  What’s your reaction?

The good news is that you too can learn to be aware of these distractions to your focus of attention without getting sucked down into the drain of irritability, frustration and annoyance and having the only option of reaction!

Connect to find out more about how to shift to action of understanding your focus and how to keep it with less reaction.  Consider empathy coaching or training.

Book a private session & learn how to be the best you can be!   

Self-Esteem, Confidence, Trusting Self


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