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Walking an intentional pathway on your journey to achieving your goals

The lunar cycle and the labyrinth are two ancient patterns we use at Inside Awareness for encouraging one to become self-aware and align with life purpose.  These patterns have the potential to ‘free up destructive self-talk’ in a fun and active way of shifting focus.

Both of these patterns compliment the integrative learning models that are a foundation of our coaching and mentoring programs at Inside Awareness to  support one to be their best selves.  These are models of self-improvement that where created in this century by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, Founder of Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education  and Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Founder of Nonviolent Communication.   The lunar cycle and the labyrinth can deepen an aspect of increasing awareness of where ones focus of attention is that both these models are based upon.

An example of this is the New Moon Labyrinth Walk we held in September, 2018 in Greater Victoria where we hosted a group walk at #yyj’s Irving Park on a guided pathway to acknowledge our intentional focus for this coming this lunar cycle using movement.  The labyrinth symbolizes letting go, unwinding, pausing for clarity and walking out with a fresh start.    Some in our group had a focus on finding love, others to improve relationships and others to improve quality of life.

Irving Park Labyrinth

A labyrinth pathway is a great alternative to mazes.  Mazes reflect the puzzles solved in everyday life.  A maze is a mental exercise to solve problems while a labyrinth disengages the mind to create a more balanced experience.   A labyrinth is a  fluid pathway that reflects the flow of life.

The Dance of the Labyrinth

  • There are three parts to walking a labyrinth:
    1. Guided journey in to center point created by the path itself
    2. Center – pause for being present
    3. Actively walking out into the world possibly with more purpose – action

Journey in

The suggested focus walking into the labyrinth was on listening to the drum beat that resembled a *heart beat.  The request to the participants was to come back to the sound if they found themselves drifting off in thought or emotion.

Walking mind-fully through a labyrinth can expand one’s senses bringing them into a closer somatic experience with themselves and their surroundings.

Reflecting in the Center

In the center of  the center of the labyrinth we spent time in silent introspection  and then later  we shared, “See me Beautiful,” by Red Grammer.  This reminds us that we are  beautiful.

Actively Re-entering

Walking out of the labyrinth reflected action.  For me I experienced a joyful stride and took pleasure in the experience.

intention & the New Moon

The New Moon in the lunar calendar represents a fresh start  also.  It is the opportunity to become attentive to the changes you are longing for and time to acknowledge the changes you long for.

Aligning the labyrinth walk with the new moon is just that, ‘ aligning ones motivation and inspiring action.’

Pictured below are  are the 8 phases of the lunar calendar cycle.  Each phase is an opportunity to consider and refine your goals.  It is a model or pattern that can increase the agility of mind and calming emotional responses.  It is a pattern of integrative learning that actively supports educating oneself in a new way of thinking, acting and speaking.

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8 Phases of the Moon


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, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

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Announcing the passing a great worldly influence

marshall-rosenbergI am so sad to receive this news: Dr. Marshall Rosenberg has passed away on Saturday, February 7th.. It was recently discovered that he had late stage prostate cancer. He passed peacefully at home, with his wife Valentina and all his children by his side.

A beautiful man and mentor that connected me to the language of my heart! May the world remember him for his gifts.

 

Views of Anger from different vantage points

In a group dialogue I listened to a secondhand  viewpoint on anger from someone who had attended a workshop.  This view was  that anger could be focused in a way that wasn’t from a source of ego, yet simply to cut through it (ego).

Reflecting,  I had  memories of reading this message in Rinpoches dharma teachings and  witnessing  this skillfully in action, by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg,  and experiencing it unskillfully from another teacher.

The person sharing in our current group seems to  attracted to this topic and that it was relevant to her in the general topic we had been asked to discuss.  This filled me with  curiosity on how to marry these two together.

Coming back, what about anger?  I shared above how one person used skillful means in the process of cutting through the anger with no ego and one who had not achieved this skill, yet thought they had.  I believe the difference in these two experiences is that one person had the skills of empathetic listening (of themselves and for others) and one did not.  The second person carried an authority of knowing something and was not interested in others perspectives.  My experiences was their only interest was being their teacher.   Both these teachers had their own journey of experiencing and learning therefore, in my opinion, neither were right or wrong.  It was simply them!

What is the key to healthy anger?  The hint in the last paragraph – empathetic listening!  My perspective is that developing the ability to listen to your anger and go through it’s protective layer to what is alive underneath will release the current charge or grip of it.

The beauty of it is this experience is can  become a new skill to resolve anger issues of the past and for new issues.  You may even begin to recognize that you are NOT triggered by the same old events.

Another key lesson is  soon as you are honest with yourself and accept your anger without judgement it becomes the basic skill for hearing anger in others with deepened empathy!

I understand anger as   being an emotion to notice some action needs to be taken. Anger, therefore in this sense, is the protective use of force.  An example could be a child crossing the street.  It is anger that will increase adrenalin and provide the force to get there in time and out of harms way!

I wonder if skillful use of anger without ego then is anger without being attached to an outcome and therefore it is spontaneous (not a result of old issues and aggression.  A flash in the frying pan action, if you will, that will release the tension of the moment and result in a healthier outcome when combined with the right techniques to process and move forward with mutuality of all sides!