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Educational Labyrinth Journey’s for Children & Teens

Teaching Labyrinth Workshop held at Brentwood Bay Elementary in Central Sannich followed by sharing at the World Children’s Summit on Peace and Nature Event held in Greater Victoria on Sept. 21, 2015

Somatic experience & a pathway to connection

Renee Lindstrom offers a somatic learning experience for leadership development for children and teens that includes mindfulness, logic, perception and movement patterns.  These tools can reflect the skills to connect  that begins inside while, at the same time, connecting with others in a respectful way regardless of differences. These techniques turn blocked and closed experiences into open expansive opportunities.
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Sharing the Teaching Labyrinth at St. Andrew’s Regional High School was a powerful experience to observe a shift from being closed and guarded to open and receptive in a group of teenagers.   There was ease and simplicity using these tools that created a shift that was noticeable to view.  They were noticeably  acting with deeper qualities of inclusion, respect and connection.  Checking in with the students afterwards this was what they described. Their experience of this was tangible.
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Maze Labyrinth Hearts
The purpose of the somatic exercises was to give these students a model and the opportunity to experience this shift using these integrative tools  so they could then duplicate it with ease and simplicity in the future.    After exploring personal and group movement patterns we moved on to exploring a labyrinth pathway.  A labyrinth has no barriers.  It is a pathway into the center (heart) and back out again.  It is not a maze which is confusing and a challenge requiring one to use their thinking.  A labyrinth shifts a walker from the chaos of their thinking into a calmer somatic experience.
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The suggestion for walking a pathway in an inclusive and grounded way was it could be a more subtle and meaningful form of support in conflict resolution.  The concept is that everyone has differences and that if we include an opening shared experience for connecting deeper individually while walking together before talking,  this may open the space  to be more willing to hear these differences.
In communication practice I urge my students to stop and check in before reacting and speaking out.  The purpose is to pause and translate what they are thinking into a connection that the other person can hear.  This pathway reflects this process and together with some movement techniques for clarity and groundedness,  walking this pathway becomes a pattern reflecting this process.
I recommend these patterns as tools in organization and educational institutions:
  • as a preventative experience to cut conflict before it happens
  • as a way to connect before trying to resolve differences
  • to create respect and acceptance in a community experience
  • to bring together a community
  • to support making decisions
  • to cut anxiety before events, meetings, challenges

Support your school, business group or community organization to explore connection before solutions.  Cut thought the labels creating enemy images such as victim, perpetrator and bullying and support ways that are easy and simple. Move from the chaotic mind into mindfulness of acceptance and respect.

Inquire about school integrative labyrinth programs

 

 


Copyright 2014 – 2019 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

 

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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!

 

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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.   

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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

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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

3 parts to InTouch Talk’s ‘Green Communication’

Link to Definition of Green Behavior

Link to Definition of Green Behavior

There are three parts to this value-based enrichment program.  Learning these steps and the willingness to practice will be the shift from unconscious habitual dialogue to consciously focused dialogue.

These three parts are:

1.  FOUNDATION

2.  ‘ACKNOWLEDGE DIFFERENCES AND LISTEN ANYWAY’

  • Commitment to Interdependent Dialogue Interactions and recognizing humanities shared values 

“Today, the mission of one institution can be accomplished only by recognizing that it lives in an interdependent world with conflicts and overlapping interests.”                          Jacqueline Grennan Wexler

 3.  PRACTICE/SKILL DEVELOPMENT

  • There are two different types of communication; habitual and mindful awareness.  Habitual is the continuous cycle of mental stories that are either based upon the past and the future.  Mindful is an attentive awareness to what is real in the moment.  The steps to get from story telling to mindful awareness  are simple, yet require learning, practice and patience.

Read  4 COMPONENTS OF EFFECTIVE GREEN COMMUNICATION IN RELATIONSHIPS

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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

Announcing sister site focused upon creating a Culture of Values

Launching:

Culture of Value & Kids Peace Bus Value Based Calendar Education Systems this September!

peace bus for a greener planet

Kids Peace bus Calendar of Values is a structure of learning patterns that breaks through complex critical thinking due to its simplicity of experiencing.  These patterns model ethical and humane behavior that layered with learning empathetic listening  and speaking, children can learn to communicate using a language that values others and is inclusive.  The Kids Peace Bus Calendar of Values is the foundation that can make later development of complex social learning systems easier and less time-consuming.

The Kids Peace Bus Calendar of Values program is a value-based educational component that is also a structure of implementation that is easy.  It is a program that makes learning fun,  and can grow into an organic system for creating *green behavior!   

Integration programs include:  

  • yearly calendar of values to follow for easy integration,
  • setting goals for creating a community and social culture for learning support
  • Teacher’s agendas and personal workbooks for simple integration and value definition development
  • vocabulary building
  • discussion topics for listening and dialogue skill building (designed for organic honesty & empathy)
  • community building ideas  

 

A pattern of movement for conflict resolution process?

A conflict resolution Labyrinth walk? Yes of course! Shared a creative afternoon yesterday exploring why early communities (pre-religion) would have walked a labyrinth. A hot question on the minds of the participants as the day started and answered only after a guided and experiential journey of labyrinth patterns. An answer was not given in the traditional teaching way, but integrated through a personal exploration, in the safety of a group. An experience that started with strangers (disconnected from each other) and ended in a calm, centered, meaningful and grounded group connection. As the underlying intention was to answer this community question they had a growing realization of the power of walking this pattern before meetings. The purpose: to have the participants walk it together prior to the business meeting to reintegrate community and expand acceptance of each others differences through the pattern of movement. This is what I describe as Green Behavior and love the implications. Can you imagine different outcomes with exploring labyrinth walks for conflict resolution?

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000
 15th Annual TSL Labyrinth Gathering Vcr Island – Victoria Event Organizer
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How do you handle blocks along your path?

  • Do you always step aside letting others pass you?  
  • Are you the one that blocks the path and ensures others have to step around you?  
  • Or do you switch back and forth?  First moving out of the way and then becoming the blocker?

 

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  • How do you know when to lead and when to follow?

Personal Leadership

These are a few questions that you will answer at the Labyrinth Workshop this coming Saturday! Find out more

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000
 15th Annual TSL Labyrinth Gathering Vcr Island – Victoria Event Organizer
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