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Mental and Emotional Responses to Fear & Anxiety

As a Life Transitions/Relationship Coach and Feldenkrais Practitioner opportunities have been available to explore the long-term physical, mental and emotional effects of long-term fear and anxiety. Here are some of the mental & emotional  characteristics that have presented themselves in cases:

Flight & Fight

  • analytical
  • solution orientated versus integrative
  • self absorbed on self image
  • self judging of own self-image
  • judgement of others self-image
  • resistant to change
  • highly reactive to external stimulus
  • reactive
  • quick to justify thoughts, opinions before hearing and reflecting to consider new information
  • confidence based upon comparisons to others (short lasting)
  • cannot compliment self or others
  • prone to jealousy
  • lack of self-empathy
  • lack of empathy for others
  • takes incoming perspectives, opinions and beliefs personally
  • doesn’t include others perspectives, opinions, dreams in making personal decisions and choices
  • cannot understand why others aren’t in agreement with their hopes and dreams
  • quick to blame

Read more  …… Physical Attributes of Chronic Fear & Anxiety – What is your habitual body reaction?


  • sensitive
  • slow to act
  • quiet
  • works hard
  • withdrawn
  • quiet
  • alone
  • take time before making decisions
  • empathy for others, less for self
  • put others first
  • takes things personally
  • sad, hurt, resentful
  • depressed
  • lack of self value

Read more  …… Physical Attributes of Chronic Fear & Anxiety – What is your habitual body reaction?

The intent of this article is in the context of how  communication and movement can support the decrease of anxiety, stress & fear. Values & Empathy integration in communication for transforming disconnection into connection and movement for calming one’s nervous system.

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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


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Body sense can change how your feeling!

How can your body posture create your attitude and behaviour and affect your sense of  well-being?

Emotions happen not just in the mind; they’re in the body as well.
One isn’t expressed without the other

Try this simple exercise to find out more…….

1.  What are you feeling now in this moment?  If you are not feeling happy, content, and are not enjoying the quality in the moment, uncross your arms and legs, sit up and start to notice if you have any tension in your jaw.
  • Are your teeth clenched together?
2.  Loosen your lower teeth from your upper and let your jaw become slack.
  •  Notice your tongue  placement and if it is against the roof of your mouth let it fall.  
3.  Relax your forehead, eyes and cheeks.
  • Take a moment  to massage the space between your eyebrows to soften the tight knot and widen your eyes a few times and then let them relax.  
4.  Notice your breathing pattern.
  • Are you holding your breathe?  If so, begin to breathe as you would normally and follow your exhale for 3 rounds of 5 breaths. Pause between each round.  If you notice each out breathe has a different length don’t change it, simply notice it.  A few times on an out breath, slouch, round your back and bring your upper arms together towards each other in the front.  Let your chest sink onto your diaphragm.  
5.  Now go back and notice how you are feeling.  
  • Have your original feelings shifted into something else?

It is impossible for you to think about something, without having some form of physical response to it.

Every thought always reflects through the body in some way, because of the electro-chemical, neurological, and physiological processes going on in both your brain and body.

This exercise demonstrates in a simple way how you can change your emotions and thought patterns through your physical body posture and patterns of movement.


Thinking and Posture have a relationship

Did you know that for every thought you have a picture is projected in your mind, and a physical pattern is created in your body and nervous system?

  • Stop self sabotaging by learning your own habits that are keeping you from success in your life and relationships.

  • Come to know and support what matters to you.

  • Change yourself first.  Create your own personal objectivity through understanding, awareness and skill development.

getting InTouch Coaching & Programs are designed to support change in your thinking and your body postures for ease in transforming your experience to experiencing success in your life.


Behavior is the art “man” has forgotten!

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!

Brain learning from movement

One Jewel from Monday’s movement class: Brain learning from movement ~ stating focused area was blank, dead, not moving. Later – movement! Yes the brain can’t do what it doesn’t know yet….