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Body Movements and State of Being

Are you aware your body posture tells your inner story?  How you hold yourself is a statement to the world.  It is an open book  to those who can read it.  
Take a moment to consider your own posture world story:Notice your chest between your breasts.

  • Is this area exposed and out facing the world (yang) or is this area sunken and protected from the world (yin)?
  • Are your shoulders set back and wide (yang) or are they hunched forward and down (yin)?
Now notice your breathing while considering these two postures.  As you breath in and out does your posture shift in these above mentioned areas or do you hold this posture locked into place?
Regardless of how you are holding your chest, shoulders and arms, begin to soften this area from it’s automatic holding pattern.  Try the following for a short series of 4 or 5 breathing cycles:

  • If you are yang – broad chested go into a yin position slowly with your next exhalation of breathe.  With an inhalation go into your normal posture.
  • If you are yin – sunken and protected chest,  rise up and go into a yang position with your next inhalation.  Return to your familiar posture on an exhalation.
Notice any changes your feel either physically, mentally or emotionally after a cycle of  4 or 5 breathes and continue for another 2 to 3 cycles of 4 to 5 breathes.  Remember to alternate between the two postures.  Stop to notice between cycles any differences you feel.This pattern of breathing releases your spine which settles your nervous system!  Notice how this reduces your stress throughout the week if you continue to integrate these simple breathing exercises daily!

The possible yin/yang chest stories:

Yin – represents the moon, water and emotions – Too much without balance of Yang – introverted (Western culture labels it – being a victim)
Yang – represents the sun, dessert and action – Too much without yin – extroverted (Western culture labels it – aggressive)

For more on posture balancing & how it can improve your whole life experiencing – email: renee(at)insideawareness(dot)com

Behavior is a result of how you react to your environment

Three doorways into exploring  behavior awareness and change with Renee at Inside for increasing your confidence and improving your relationships are:

  • your own body posture and movement patterns
  • your relationships
  • influences of your surroundings

If you are ready for change in your relationships Renee recommends a program of seven steps to increase your rate of success.

For more information or inquires email renee(at)insideawareness(dot)com.

Feelings and body-brain responses are not separate experiences

Have you ever considered that feelings and physical movement affect one another and that they are married together?  Have you ever considered that a person’s history of feelings may be creating their current behavior?

Imagine for a moment the feelings of fear.  How does fear affect  body posture and experience?  Fear is a tool  that is designed as a  warning system to get out of danger.   Some of the reactions of fear are:

  • Tensed muscles for  strength and quick action
  • Focused eyes with short-range view 
  • Increased heart rate
  • Quick breathing or stopped all together
  • Mind becomes focused with danger

Imagine the effects if the reactions listed above become chronic and long-term. What would happen in the body?   I have noticed that in some case experiences when  the fear responses have been relaxed physically, mentally and emotionally that their  has been an increase in the ability to  sense physical responses that previously had not been felt.   In order to keep up the fear in ones posture many of the sensory awareness abilities had been shut down!  How does this affect ones perspective?  Any  incoming information would be perceived through fear and corresponding  limited reflexes.  How would this affect  the thought process and resulting reactions?

Are we taught how to engage and disengage our fear reactions  physically, mentally or emotionally during our  early years?  Is a part of  our educational system  teaching children to know when fear emotions are engaged and if so, how to disengage it?  Are we learning that our thinking is the last place information lands in the behavioral process and a reaction includes all the behavioral events of movement posture, sensory awareness, perception, brain process and  memory from cultural influences?

Are we learning that the fear posture we keep up and not processed may become future sources of unconscious  bullying and/or being bullied? That this becomes our relationship with ourselves and others in our networks?


Renee is successfully working with others to integrate a whole system of wellness that includes the development of personal curiosity and exploration which includes creating a safe learning environment.  The focus may be relationship coaching on current, past or future  issues or have a  focus on improving physical movement patterns.  Whether physical, mental or emotional relief comes through learning conscious behavioral change.   She does not focus upon fixing, strategies or diagnosing.  In fact her methods steer clients away from self-limiting labels and focuses upon learning sensory awareness that creates a new type of self-image.  Personal  development that increases self-reliance, independence and confidence.  


Black & White, Right & Wrong

Are you someone who is experiencing your world experiences in black or white, right or wrong?

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Is so, are you curious and willing to explore and self – inquire based on the following pattern of self-questioning?

  • Are you aware that there is another experience available to you that isn’t  as clearly defined as you perceive it?
Take a moment and imagine how you would describe your body posture and the strength you are using to stand or sit up right.

Ask yourself what type of tree would you use to describe this experience?

If you could choose one of these trees which one would it be:

  • Pine
  • Cedar
  • Oak
Now imagine being a Willow Tree.

Can you transition into this experience with ease?  How does it feel in your body posture?  Does anything change, become softer or more flexible?

If you can easily imagine being a Willow Tree, now consider being Bamboo.

How does this concept come into you and through your experience?  Does it stop and become blocked at the thought of considering this vision or does it carry through to a deeper relaxation into your posture?

For those of you who enjoy experiencing through our physical senses try this exploration out.  Remember to have a curious mind.
  1. Now with a friend, peer or family member stand tall and strong with your feet firmly planted on the floor.   Hold  with resistance.  Have your helper push on you shoulder and feel the resistance and your strength push back.
  2. Let this go and become loose, soft and flexible with your feet still planted firmly on the floor and now in this expression have your helper push on your shoulder.  Feel the lack of resistance, resilience and how you still are able to hold your posture.
  3. Take a moment and reflect on how these two separate experiences through your physical strength, both are strong stances, and give yourself a moment to give feedback on how these two experiences where for you.  Which one is the one that you sense a higher quality of where you would like to be now?  Which one is your habitual reactive self? Which one would you be able to take an easy breath in or do you remember if you held your breathe or not?

Remember we only do what we know until a new experience and more information is available.  In each experience we are meeting our own needs.  It’s how we meet our needs that we could develop deeper awareness about to better fit who we long to be.  Are we meeting our needs through physical, dominate strength or are we meeting our needs through physical flexible strength?

Remember, whatever our bodies are doing, our thoughts will reflect this in our thinking and acting?  Information is perceived through our bodies and our mind translates it, therefore we act.  If our bodies are rigid, our thoughts will be black and white, right and wrong.

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP, November 8, 2012                                             Follow Renee on Facebook  & on Twitter