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What energy are you feeding your new COVID lifestyle?

Are you curious enough to consider which energy you are feeding? 

Culturally there is a global shift taking place

This global shift needs a focus of our attention that goes beyond the basic considerations for humanity introduced in our earlier post, Contrary to popular sentiments, life will not return to pre-covid experiences.  Going beyond these basics of COVID reactive behaviours could be an actively considering which  monkey one is feeding.  Is it the monkey that is open to the listening and understanding the differences among us to increase inclusiveness of all needs  and not those of just one person?  Or, is it the monkey of only one unique perspective and opinion.  One is an open system the is flexible and resilient and the other is a closed system that is rigid.  One is life rewarding and the other life draining.

Are you open to co-creating and re-building a new cultural structure for these times or will the same old pre-COVID cultural behaviours still apply to you?  Those old conflict making behaviours that eliminate listening to others perspectives because you already know the answers before hearing their input.

The status quo of behaviour pre-COVID  was created through the modelling of leadership.  Political and corporate leaders and trends.  These elements of leadership have an agenda of control that excludes co-creation through its very nature and existence.  The focus is on having followers not innovators.

Moving forward through leadership that includes the best cultural experience for all into consideration  begins within each of us individually.  It starts from the inside out and transforms habits of thinking about what’s wrong with what is  outside (with others and circumstances) and focuses attention on an inner question and observation of who we in the moment.  How often have you noticed behaving the very same way you may have hated in others,  or do you observe things in others but not in yourself?

What self leadership intentions have you applied to yourself for this COVID transformational year ahead?

The coming year, 2021 starts without the distraction of travel, community socializing, external career moves, spiritual and educational travel, visiting family and outside entertainment.  It does however have the opportunity  to transform these  external distraction into  intimate and  meaningful self-discoveries.

  • if we long to be healthy
    • is this reflected in physical patterns of movement and nutritional values for our individual body parts, through conversations in our relationships, and in our behaviour in the environment

This example of  what it is to self-discover one health is at the core of our experiences and it is the foundation to our reactive nature.  Our outside experience is a reflection of what is going on inside.  It controls our active thought patterns, our movement, emotions and perspective.  Change out inner and our outer will be actively different.  The first step is to learn about yourself in a way that is progressive and in the moment, and not focused on the past.

One cannot live in the past at the boardroom table making decisive choices for influencing today’s success.

One cannot live in the past when in the active experience of responding to their child in the moment and achieve a bond.

One cannot live in the past in the midst of connecting intimately with their partner and achieve a vulnerable connection.

What if 2021 included learning systems that are in the moment actively mindful.  Cultivating awareness through lessons that guide one through practical steps to increase hope, connection and that can be integrated as they focus on autonomy and the true experience in the moment.  This means acceptance through  inclusion of what’s right for you and what’s right for me without diagnosis, analysis and moral judgements.

The only way to change is action

Ways for exploring mindfulness in active function rooted in the practical integration of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation
Awareness through Communication – Western Mind integrating Eastern Mindful Practice
Awareness through Movement – Retraining Brain beyond western & eastern mind
Awareness through Space  – Landscape and emotional, mental and physical function

by Renee Lindstrom

Effective Movement Posture and Awareness with Life  Mentoring Programs Available:←

 1st Phase of Integration – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Phase of Integration – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Phase of Integration – Integration (Embodiment)

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
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Copyright 2014 – 2021 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement®, Functional Integration®, are registered service marks of Feldenkrais Guild® of North America. Feldenkrais Method®

Contrary to popular sentiments, life will not return to pre-covid experiences

After 10 months of COVID experiences there is a new normal  

Some new behaviours have been created in the 10 months of COVID regardless of one’s beliefs.  New habits have been created in those who actively socially distanced and wore masks.  For those who wore them it has now become second nature, while it continues to be  a source of conflict for those who have resisted these safety measure .

These differing perspectives have divided  community members and nurtured deeper separation amongst us.  Two simple measures that  began as personal courtesies quickly became enforced rules.  This has divided family, friends and community members.

Some of us are relieved by these two simple measures as it meets our needs for safety and freedom, while it doesn’t meet the needs for autonomy and freedom for some.  Our differences can separate us or bring us together.  This following example demonstrates how it has separated us.

In recent news out of Vancouver there was a story of a Policeman’s leg being broken by someone refusing to wear a mask.  This is ten months into COVID.  Imagine the rage this person has harboured inside for the past 10 months!

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While a part of our community has struggled with staying at home and adopting new safety measures, others have pivoted and emerged as innovators.   COVID  has caused businesses to shut down while some great new ideas for businesses has emerged.  New leadership has surfaced to support the community or accidently led to successful  makeovers.  One great example is at local news station, Chek News.  The sports and weather announcers had to pivot and go out on the road which has not only been successful for them, it has supported the community in a way that could not be predicted.  Two of the announcers won awards for their 2020 contributions.  Accidental leadership!

The differences of those who fight change and those who create change are unmasked now after 10 months of COVID.  The energy of these two expressive differences is tangible.  The naysayers and those wanting it to go back the way it was suck the aliveness of motivation out a room.  It feeds disconnection, while those inspired by change increase the motivation in the room and create connection.  These are qualities of experience that have been around for centuries!  That hasn’t changed.

What has changed is our lifestyle.  We shop online now for all our needs like  groceries, furniture and gifts forcing brick and mortar businesses to adopt to this new normal.  We order food and have it delivered versus going out to eat forcing restaurants to pivot.  We have stopped international travel and now explore our own country and communities.    Parents were forced to put their children first over their own careers, adventures and self care.  Rather than paying a community to support the parents lifestyle, the focus of attention has returned to the family unit.   Consider the changes you have made in your lifestyle?

When Dr. Bonnie Henry announced this week that, “… by summer we could all go back to normal if we took measures now, ” I had already reached my own tipping point of  being tolerant for these type of  statements.  Why?  It is never going back to the way it was.  There is a new normal now.  The question is, are we resilient to change?  Can we enjoy the journey or fight it?

The only way to change is action

Ways for exploring mindfulness in active function rooted in the practical integration of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation
Awareness through Communication – Western Mind integrating Eastern Mindful Practice
Awareness through Movement – Retraining Brain beyond western & eastern mind
Awareness through Space  – Landscape and emotional, mental and physical function

by Renee Lindstrom

Effective Movement Posture and Awareness with Life  Mentoring Programs Available:←

 1st Phase of Integration – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Phase of Integration – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Phase of Integration – Integration (Embodiment)

Follow the journey on TwitterInstagram or Facebook

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
Renee Lindstrom Live
Copyright 2014 – 2021 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Feldenkrais®, Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement®, Functional Integration®, are registered service marks of Feldenkrais Guild® of North America. Feldenkrais Method®