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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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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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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