Tag Archives: Intention

These days in the past week of Canadians have been focused upon remembrance

In addition to remembering our fallen today, I hope citizens will remember the reasons behind why we have fallen citizens.  At the core or ground zero of the conflict there  where differences and  the strategy was to engage in fighting to resolve it.  An example of micro  creating a countries macro experience.

These micro behaviours are still alive in our culture today on a daily basis in our moment to moment experiences.

Is now the time to expand our conscious awareness and do better?


 It all begins with intention.

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
 & Renee Lindstrom Live

 

 

What seeds do you want to sow for 2019? Fall is not only the harvest, its time to sow.

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Did you know that fall is the best time to set your intention for 2019?  If you organize your goals according to natures cycle, fall is the time to sow seeds and winter is the time to let them gather the nutrients they need to sprout the following spring.  Winter is not the time to plant seeds?  Unfortunately the goal setting habits are out of sync with natures rhythm.  We have been taught to wait until after Winter Solstice to set our intentions for the coming year and to have a high expectation for achieving them immediately.  There is no grace period for consideration or integration sometimes leading to self-criticism and depression.

What if you spent time now to consider your wishes for the coming season and give yourself time to refine them before you commit.  Once you begin considering your dream, you begin to make room for them in your lifestyle without evening thinking about it.  Making room for your dreams is actually a pattern of creating new habits.  It’s not declaration!

So with this in mind here is a reminder of the nine life areas you may wish to consider as you begin reflecting to have balance.  These are; wealth, fame, relationship, ancestors (1st family), health, creativity, knowledge, career and helpful people.

Nine Life Squares

Get templates here for writing out your 2019 goals.

Knowledge includes; faith & spirit
Creativity includes; travel, adventure & children
Wealth includes; abundance
Health includes; home, fitness, diet
Fame is what you want to be recognized for
Helpful people are support in the community
Career is more than work, it include the essence of what you are known for in this life

Did you know goals start out as Intentions?  
 
Your intentions for 2019 are not your goals. Your goals are what you create to achieve your intention.  An example of this is a vision board.  If your create a vision board this represents your intention.  However if you don’t do anything different to manifest your dreams, they may not emerge.  If you haven’t made room for your dreams they may not fit into your life easily.
Manifesting your intention is just like your clothes closet.  If it’s too full nothing new can go in it.    However if you clear the clutter it makes room for something new to enter.

Recently I have hosted a circle for women over 50 to explore finding love.  We began with a vision board exploring the above nine life areas and what that means in finding a relationship.  Not only have we been looking at making room in our life for a lover and how to maintain balance in these areas, we are considering if we are living our best life prior to manifesting a partner.  After all, if we are not living it, we won’t attract it.

So whether you are looking for love or wanting social change in other areas you too can begin to focus on your intention which is simply another way of saying, becoming conscious to what is meaningful to you.  Goals are then what you follow-up with!

n easy way with turning intention into goals is an 8 step pattern following the lunar calendar.  Replace making goals the night before and then beating yourself up for not being accountable, explore a way of integrating intention into goals that are doable.  Read more on these steps.

To make goal setting easy follow the Lunar Cycle Goal Setting steps on Inside Awareness Calendar
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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In a blink of an eye your purpose can shift without your awareness of it!

I have a temporary house guest!  Her name is Kooks and I am wondering if changing her name to something calmer would restore calm and peace in my home!  She is my son’s cat who has arrived along with him while he gets enrolled in school and settled into a new job.

Having her has been a learning experience.  She is only a few years old and extremely active.   This is made worse by the fact that there is  a steady flow of deer, raccoons, squirrels, birds and flying things past our windows.  Having a park one house down also guarantees a steady parade of kids, dogs and people on various forms of transportation.  She is an indoor cat who is longing to be an outdoor one.  Oh did I mention the neighbor cat that is the size of a bull-dog!  Kooks is a small cat about the quarter of size of a fully grown cat that acts like she is the same size as the bull-dog cat.  It would not be a good match.

How do you think my focus of attention has shifted?  Well  I can tell you it’s gone from having no concern or care for a cat to a full-time focus.  She is curious and wants to know everything I am doing.  She is bored with her own company, doesn’t like to be alone  and expresses herself constantly.  She positions herself into being the “purpose” or focus of attention (intention) and when she’s not, she ensures you are aware of her, even at night.  She has brought many moments of affection, cuddles, playfulness and beauty as well so it’s hard to be annoyed at her.  However, her distraction to focus includes sleeping!  A night or two is manageable yet after a few nights the deficit affects waking hours and before you know it your drained and not able to support a healthy regime.  You slide.  At least I am noticing it for myself.  My solution is to wake up to what is happening and take my power back!  Yes unfortunately I am noticing how easy it is to lose your power to an animal and I am not referring to having a power animal.

It wasn’t my intention to have an animal after loosing my dog a few years back so I had not considered my agenda by have this one as a guest.  I have enjoyed her, yet in meeting her constant needs, I recognize that it has interfered with meeting my own.  Now it’s time to take steps to balance this out while she visits.

I now know first hand the value of asking oneself these questions:

  • Are you aware of how others and animals can influence where you focus your attention?
  • Did you know that your focus of attention is your ‘purpose” and can be shifted by a thought, feeling or interruption?
  • Are you aware when your focus of attention is hijacked away from your original intention?

If you answered no to the above questions, begin to notice this for yourself.

You may be at work focusing on a program you are developing and a peer walks into your office and doesn’t ask if you have a free moment and simply begins talking about their problem they are dealing with.  What happens to your concentration?

It may be at home while trying to get dinner on and your teen comes in to tell you how you ruined their day without asking you if you have a free moment first beforehand.  What’s your reaction?

The good news is that you too can learn to be aware of these distractions to your focus of attention without getting sucked down into the drain of irritability, frustration and annoyance and having the only option of reaction!

Connect to find out more about how to shift to action of understanding your focus and how to keep it with less reaction.  Consider empathy coaching or training.

Book a private session & learn how to be the best you can be!   

Self-Esteem, Confidence, Trusting Self


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

 

WALKING THROUGH THE WEST – Seeds of Intention for 2016

Seeds of Intention for 2016

~ Part 1 of 3 ~

medicine-wheel-north, south, east & west

  • Planting seeds of intention for 2016

The Fall Equinox shifts us into Natures cycle reflecting  Personal Change.   Entering into the West is the best time to plant the seeds of intention for the coming year ~ 2016 ~.

This is the time to check in and reflect on what has and hasn’t worked in this past year and letting go of life’s clutter.

A time of inner thanksgiving and harvesting.

In this three part series you will explore how to clear inner space to make room for new growth using intention so that you are filling your experience up with what you do want.  NOT with what you don’t want!    Each weekend will include guided mediation and fun activities to combine mindful contemplation, with movement and creativity.  Become introspective in a fun light-hearted way without dogma and the heaviness of effort.  Rather begin to discover how to reduce the effort of living!  Made even easier with Natures guidance…..

Breaking our 2016th year into three parts we will explore our nine life areas, hopes and dreams and begin to co-ordinate them within the cycles of Nature, as follows.

Autumn – West  – Introspection

Winter – North – Clarity

Spring – East – Awareness

Summer – South – Heartfelt Action

Enjoy exploring how to create a better tomorrow that begins with expanding awareness in the support of the natural rhythms of nature.

Weekends – 1 @120.00 each

   Oct 24 & 25   –   Nov 28 & 29  –   Dec 19 & 20

Register @ renee@insideawareness.com

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Harmony of Life – Walking the Beauty Path 

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Pathway Project @ #yyj’s Spring Ridge Commons

Spring Ridge is Canada`s oldest public food forest and Victoria’s largest public permaculture garden or community multi-layer food forest , located on a 1/2 acre city lot in Fernwood at the corner of Chambers and Gladstone. (Location Address is 1200 Gladstone Avenue. )

@insideawareness Summer Volunteer Focus, ’15

This summer Renee Lindstrom of @insideawareness spent time with Linda Chan, Co-ordinator of Spring Ridge Commons, in conversation about a focus for enhancing the community garden experience.  Through our discussions we began to  differentiate philosophy and practicality.  Both important influences upon each other, yet,  which comes first?  We decided to focus upon practicality and bring a change from the ground up!

After hosting  a clearing ceremony to voice the qualities community members would like to enhance in the garden,  we followed this up with creating some  new pathways.  The first pathway we started with was one that had become a shortcut through the gardens.  Our purpose was to change the super highway experience this pathway had become.  Instead we created meandering garden pathways by adding curves to redirect walkers. This would slow people down and take them on another pathway through the garden and offer them choices.  In the process of changing this pathway an unexpected feature became a welcome focal point.  A plaque!

In creating these pathways the focus of attention was on:

  • the pathway as the experience
  • rock edging to define the pathway

Our next pathway challenge will be the front entrance pathways!  The challenge is the designated front entrance is diminished by other entrances to the gardens!  Watch for pics!

Support  change  – donate @ #yyj’s Spring Ridge  


Read more:

5 Element Design – #yyj Spring Ridge Commons

5 Element Design – Sacred Clearing Ceremony 


If you are longing for a personal consultation please inquire privately:
renee@insideawareness.com.

Renee Lindstrom offers:

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#yyj’s Spring Ridge Commons

by Renee Lindstrom, August 16th, ’15

I was asked to share my personal notes and experiences on my participation with #yyj’s Spring Ridge Commons this summer.  Off and on in the past few years I have been invited to join volunteer Linda Chan in conversations about this Greater Victoria Garden from a 5 Element Landscaping perspective.

This summer in a conversations in the garden hearing and seeing its needs, I offered  some considerations based upon 5 element theories.   Sometimes quite strongly.  One of the biggest alarms that went off for me was when I heard there had been ceremonies held without a formal opening and closing, and that the members of this gardens community had not been included in stating the practical qualities they requested for the space during the ceremony.  For me this reflects a flood of open water that isn’t contained.  It isn’t achievable practically by the members within the  community itself.  There is no clarity or connection to the intention of the ceremony and of what is being asked for.   It remains in the ether’s.  This inspired an offer to lead a ritual clearing ceremony designed for the participants to show up,  be present and take part at their comfort zone level.  Why? To encourages leaders versus an audience.  The exact thing the garden needs – practical boots on the ground gardening support.

Here are some of the things that came up during our preparations:

  1.  The strongest point made was the need for the garden to reflect respect.   Strategies of signage and rules of conduct were bounced around yet from a natures perspective if there was a need for the community to respect the needs of the garden,  the garden itself needed to reflect it and carry this essence itself.  This meant – clear walkways without weeds and tall grass hiding the clear boundaries of the beds, cared for garden beds and caring people in the garden working more often.
  2. It also meant no garbage dumping.
  3. An address with a number – one that the mail man would deliver mail to if he had to.  On all the marketing it does not have a property number.  This is important to define the main entrance to the commons.  This is where one would find the facing cardinal direction using the 5 elements.  From a western perspective it also makes it an entity.

The biggest learning for me in this project has been that nature is practical and has specific needs from humans and one of them isn’t perspective.  Nature doesn’t care about the lofty ideals of humans!  To be in a cycle of success with nature the primary focus starts with caring for nature.  Caring for nature respects nature and this is the core of Spring Ridge Commons.

Wandering through the gardens and sitting in our first meeting this summer my observation was that it was overwhelmingly un-cared for.  All beauty was hidden from view.  To me it reflected conflict and unfulfilled idealism’s.    My recommendations focused on nature in the garden so that it reflected beauty and respect and practical doable personal qualities.  The analogy that kept coming up is;  water needs boundaries, as water without boundaries is a flood.  A flood destroys.

A number of weeks after our original tour and meetings, coming back to talk about the intention of the ceremony I observed Spring Ridge Commons had transformed.   The walkway and borders had been weeded and tightened up.  The beds cleaned up and thinned.  The whole essence of the garden had shifted.  Being a sensitive the only way I can describe it is that it shifted from the agitation of  dry dying land becoming a dessert into a wet nurturing experience of a forest.  What had also shifted was the community coming into the commons.  They were staying a spell and not using it as a sidewalk to get from one point to the other as quickly as possible!  Local children community groups brought children in to plant seeds and again to use nature to draw.  Musicians were sitting and  playing flutes, guitars and other instruments.   Beautiful benches had shown up!

One of the requests for change had been to bring in sound and children!  It had begun already prior to our ceremony.  Did our ceremonies purpose begin with the first meeting?  Well then, worth the struggle of competing perspectives and opinions and realizing nature doesn’t care about what we think!  It provides based upon our actions!

Each time I go to Spring Ridge Commons, I am able to see beautiful aspects that were not visible before.  Unique plants, signs describing the plants and the meandering pathways themselves.  Also the thought that has gone into creating a native plant garden, a Bee garden and more.  I also hear the depth of knowledge and caring by the current stewards of this garden.  Amazing commitment and contribution.

The main entrance to Spring Ridge is the first one on Gladstone as you turn off Chambers.   We believe the number is 1200.   This is a 3 in numerology and standing inside facing out, this entrance it is a south facing entrance.

  • A 3 reflects:  body, mind & spirit,  communication, expression, optimism, fun, creativity
  • A south facing entrance is the fame doorway and it represents reputations and recognition

Using this entrance the life map reflection of this property would be:

Spring Ridge Commons

So the next time you are in Spring Ridge Gardens take time to consider these reflective life areas and how Spring Ridge Commons mirrors these characteristics in the community!

Sacred Clearing & Intention Setting Ceremony in #yyj

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Sacred Ceremony

Today while planning the best timing and date for an upcoming clearing and intention setting  ceremony, I notice that the the best date falls during the week of considering Ritual in InTouch’s Daily Calendar.  This calendar observes one Universal Values weekly for reflection and integration.   Smile at the synchronicity!


If you are longing for a improving your space & experience please inquire :
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Renee Lindstrom offers:

  • movement – Feldenkrais
  • communication –  Value Based Language & Listening
  • landscape – Stimulus of Experience
Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Life & Wellness Consulting & Coaching which enhances relationships, emotions and flexible movement awareness!
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