In every moment our worlds are colliding. The world we long for (our dreams), our world that is (our real experience) and the world that is shaping up around us (global experience).
The world we long for is our potential based upon all our lives.
Our world that is a culmination of our education, culture and choices we have made in this life.
The world that is shaping up around us is the outcome of our contributions (our actions) to it.
To make any personal changes it requires letting your hopes and dreams become meaningful enough to to break through your conditioning that of society, which you helped to create. Understanding this enables you to create more focus and it becomes about how you do it!
- How do you want to contribute to your future?
- How do you want to contribute to the future of society in each action you take to full fill your objectives?
For example, if you want to contribute to enriched life then you will engage in increased actions that are life-giving. This includes standing up for your values and lifestyles. If you want freedom, choice and peace, your actions will be peaceful and you will give others free choice through your behavior and relationships. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle you will support yourself in personal change that will be supportive versus self-destructive.
- Healthier Lifestyle – transformation
If you are wanting to make a physical body change, relationships change or environmental change, it begins with having a dream. Once you have the dream then it needs to become reality through actions. No one will admit that this is easy. I consider it to be a form of warrior-ship! The personal question is what type of warrior do you want to be.
Do you want to effect change from fear and judgement or from peace and confidence?
- Are you one of those types that is ridged with fear, goes 100 miles an hour delving into your new system and justifies your new lifestyle choices with everyone you meet? On this new plan do you judge others on their choices or body type and try to teach them based upon your own fear based beliefs?
- Are you one of those types that explores personal change and observes the outcomes without being too rigid and giving yourself empathy with any self-judgments that come up?
Of the two characters types listed above, which one do you think would have a greater success rate for long-lasting and a broader range of change?
One cannot say creating personal change is easy. You are changing a culture and creating new patterns. You can long for it and even make a statement of commitment, however, if you are not supported effectively, the change you want or need may not be the outcome!
Some of the ways to support change is to follow a system for setting personal goals that are fun and encompass a life style, not just an attitude! Other ways are to learn a new system of behavior in how we process information and hold our posture. Read more on this below in relationships and healthier life.
- Relationships – transforming habitual responses (thoughts as a result of emotions) to focused clarity on what is important in the moment, not the past or future
Some of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s messages in his book Nonviolent Communication are the benefits of being empathetic while holding ones own believes and needs as important as those been heard in others. It is a fine practice to enjoy autonomy while still being able to listen to others. This is experience that becomes co-creative and enriching to all involved that creates effective change!
As my practice ages I am discovering that there is not one opinion that matters and that there are no two people who have the same views. To contribute in our global world experience to effect the outcomes we hope for, the best path to achieve this is go beyond what we think we know into being curious about it. When we are stuck in the experience of thinking we know what is right, and if we think we have all the right solutions, we are acting out from a closed attitude that is life draining. It’s essence reflects scarcity, survival and loss versus an open attitude reflecting open-mindedness. An open and curious mind has an essence of space and time that evokes growth, connection and co-operation to investigate possible outcomes together.
- Healthier Life (transforming habitual responses in a fuller understanding of how ones body is ones environment of experience; mentally, emotionally and physically)
To effect change in your living experience, movement and functional awareness can support how you experience yourself, your surroundings and others. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a system of somatic Education that increased personal connection to ones functioning. In this practice one has the opportunity to become more self-aware with a heightened sensibility.
Once again, as my practice ages, I am becoming familiar with how ones body condition creates their emotional, mental and physical well-being which corresponds in how they think, feel and respond. I have witnessed how when ones movement patterns become more flexible and less conditioned it increases ones level of tolerance to life events.
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Jaw Release Program since 2007, Authored Achieving your Goals 31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program. Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy 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