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Present enough to notice what’s right in front of you!

When weeding isn’t weeding anymore!


Yesterday when the person who had wanted dandelions didn’t show up to harvest them, I decided to go out myself and get started.  An area that was originally grass had become weed filled when I  let the neighbors invasive Saint John’s Wort move in.  Digging up never-ending weeds has been a challenge and now I felt lucky to have someone who wanted to harvest the dandelions.

As I began digging I noticed wild onions and had to stop to taste them.  Then I began to separate them from the weeds along with the dandelions.  Then came the baby thistle, then the plantain and finally the fennel.  Weeding wasn’t weeding anymore!  It became a gathering experience.  Each one had to be tasted periodically too.

Once washed and laid out to dry the volume was appreciated.  A small 3 x 4 foot patch reaped a table full of greens for tea’s, salad’s, oils flavored vinegar, poultice’s and creams.  Well, actually too much was eaten.  The first harvest and I couldn’t get enough.

When this gal I mentioned earlier came by to pick up her dandelions,  we stood chatting.  We began eating the leaves off the Saint John Wort and that’s when  it hit me.  What I hadn’t been able to see that is.  What I did see caused much angst and I was blocked from seeing the treasures that were actually there.  They were not hidden, I just wasn’t able to see them!  My focus was on my kids, business and time.  I told myself I didn’t have time and  yet needed it to look a certain way for my business. What a loss.  I imagine now, had I shared this knowledge with my kids they would have had real-time with me and learned something more valuable than doing chores.  So busy being busy.  Ouch!

Renee is an appreciative and proud mother of two young adults.  One child introduced her to the experience of unconditional love and the other to the inner power and beauty of being a woman!


“Resolutions imply resolving conflict!” Did you start your year focusing on your inner conflicts?

The Beauty Path WayDid you begin your new year drawing attention to your inner conflict and what you hate about yourself?  If you did, what do you think your chances of success are when your focus is on what’s wrong with you versus what’s right with you?  

Ever consider that you can put your failed resolutions down to the validation that you give yourself when you keep reconfirming in your mind what’s wrong with you.  Is your inner-voice telling you that you are a looser?

If you began to shift your focus slightly perhaps you will shift hopelessness into hope and inspiration.  Beginning with:

  • Asking yourself, “What is my motivation?”  
  • and “Do I want  to build my confidence or self-sabotage?”

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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


Speaking ‘Green’ starts inside

Speaking Green is a practice of speaking in the present tense with a commitment for being honest and willingness to listen carefully.  Here are practice steps to create new speaking habits.

Practice Steps:

The first three speaking practice steps focus on inner nature and self-empathy. They are the  steps before actively speaking out or reacting. 

1.  Checking in 

The first step is pausing to stop before reacting and speaking habitually.  It is the gap between receiving information  and action.  

Slow down, pause and separate ones reactive behavior into *mindful behavior.

Self Empathy Card

2.  Translating what’s alive in the moment

The second part of  Green Relationship practice is translating  opinions, believes, interpretations or comparative judgments into a language of sensibilities; seeing, hearing, feeling, touching and tasting.. 

3.  Exploring values as the cause of reaction and action for connection

The third Steps of Green Relationship practice includes the willingness to being curious and explore values as the cause of reaction and as the action for connection.

4.  Integrate Steps 2 & 3 into value sentences and choose an action.   

The fourth step of Green  Relationship practice  integrates the first three steps into value statements and becomes the point taking action.  This may be choosing to speak out, to listen, or to come up with a personal request.

Come to a workshop to learn the finer details of these steps for inner mindfulness and practice!



Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
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




4 Personal Commitments for effective ‘Green Communication’

4 personal commitments for CREATING EMPATHY NATURE in dialogUE 

1.  Self Reflection:

  • identifying felt sensory awareness (sensing, feeling, emotions)  while noticing thoughts, opinions, believes and interpretations and letting them go

 2.  Speaking honestly:

  • about how you are affected and not what you think

 3.  Willingness to set aside differences:

  • hearing how others are affected  (conflict is at the level of  belief, thoughts, opinions and personal interpretations)

4.  Identifying and connecting to values before solutions

  • After first three steps, then and only then,  develop solutions based on every-ones input and ideas.   


The Practice of Empathy Nature

Empathy Nature

  • will develop a state of mindfulness and increases conscious awareness
  • increase communication efficiency
  • reduce life draining experiences and increase productivity




Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
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

“Intuitively we sometimes just know, without knowing mindfully”



Earlier today I posted a blog article about the significance and support from a Hosta  using photo’s of one that is outside the office door at Inside Awareness. When choosing a location for this beautiful, outstanding plant I did so unconsciously.  I began to pay attention to it when the leaves began to double their usual size and students and I  began to pay attention to it.  Then it blossomed commanding everyone’s attention coming down the path!  It was time to check in and find out more about this amazing calming and peaceful plant!  This is when our worlds met, this Hosta and mine.  It represents the potential of the techniques that I share with students who come to office!

go to article: ‘Plants as mirrors to human potential


by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000
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InTouch Talk App ~ In Testing stages ~ Launching this month!

InTouch Talk App

Intouch Talk encourages understanding and connection in relationships.  Using easy tools in one’s practice can focus one’s attention turning experience of “no choice” into having “choice.” 

InTouch Talk focuses on “universal values” and developing one’s inner vocabulary of “value needs” and felt sense “feelings.” The next step is practice.  Combining the two,  learning and practice, opens ones conscious awareness and transitions ones from unconscious habitual behavior into one of conscious awareness.  At this point of conscious awareness one is more willing to exercise self-empathy and empathy for others.  It is this heart-felt connection that increases ethical behavior and is the point of caring that creates change.  “This is “green behavior.”

Start today!  Change your inner talk to increase opportunities to be seen, heard and to matter.  Begin enjoying your relationships and quality of what is around you!  

App features:

  • Empathy – Tips for learning & practice
  • Dialogue – Easy to follow steps 
  • Pairing Feelings & Needs – Combining possible feelings and needs for support and ease
  • Checking In – Steps for centering turning habitual behavior consciousness into conscious awareness
  • Not a Feeling – Easy check for translation evaluation into feelings and needs
  • News – Stay connected for news, tips and events
  • Calendar – 52 Week Value Practice & Learning
  • Values – organized into life areas 
  • Talk – Easy connect for those time you need support, coaching. learning 
  • Feelings – list for increasing vocabulary
  • Needs – cards that include reflection, definition and combines feelings for met and unmet needs 
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Four Aspects of Self

 Transition into balance is easier if there is conscious awareness of what aspect of self is out of balance.

  • This diagram shows four aspects of self  requiring balance for a better connections with others.   They are:

Balance P

Have you explored how your relationships may be affected when one or more of these area’s are not in balance?

For example:  if you are hungry are you as patient as you could be with others, especially those close to you?

Step One

Consider what it means to have  balance in each one of these areas individually:

  • Physical Body

Balance - Physical

  • Mental

Balance - Mental

  • Emotional

Balance - Emotional

  • Spirit/Soul

Balance - Spirit



©by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP, May, 2014
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000

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