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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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New #yyj Labyrinth

A new Labyrinth in Oak Bay at St. Philip Church. Open to everyone to walk. Located on lawn off parking lot. Sweet and simple lawn Labyrinth with landscaping tiles.


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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“10 Year Anniversary @InsideAwareness!”

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It is hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I graduated from four intense years of Feldenkrais Training and  began sharing Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement and InTouch Communication Integration Techniques in Greater Victoria!

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Creating a Labyrinth from Graduation Walk in 2007 with class mates
Opening the doors at the Fairfield Scout Hall in 2007 for Classes,  Workshops & Talking Circles

METHODS:

  • Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Movement
  • InTouch Communication & Language Enrichment
  • Integrating Natures Elements 
So Much has Happened since 2007!
Offering Workshops & Classes @ Monterey Recreation Centre since 2007
On the Board of B.C. Network of Compassionate Communication
#yyj Trade Shows Displays for Feldenkrais, InTouch Communication & Local Labyrinths
Organized #yyj Nonviolent Communication Intensive for Trainers :  Robert Gonzales & Susan Skye
Hosted 2 Day #yyj Visit & Events for International Labyrinth Society Members
Organized Donations of Can Goods to Create a Walking Labyrinth at #yyj City Hall on Sept 21st – World Peace Day!
Became a Judge for International Peace Pal Children’s Art Contest
Created and presented an integrative Labyrinth Workshop at #yyj Middle School and shared with #yyj Private Catholic High School
Presented Children’s Culture of Values Program at United Nations Peace Education Committee!
and so much more

I have enjoyed connecting with individuals, couples and groups in Greater Victoria and beyond to support improved health and well being!  I have received support in return and it has deepened the quality of my own offerings.  Along the path of this ten year journey, offerings have evolved to include mindful life and wellness coaching, empathy healing sessions and personal retreats with a focus upon self-esteem and confidence building from the inside out.

I have been enriched by observing hopelessness transform into hope for those giving up on life, their relationships and movement abilities.  I have witnessed individuals increase their ability to move in ways that they thought they couldn’t, or take more chances in their relationships that they had resisted in the past.  I have observed violence turn into tolerance, acceptance and forgiveness!

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I want to say thank you to all my supporters, students and clients! I am curious about checking in after the next 10 years to observe the changes!


Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
 Authored  Achieving your Goals  31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values  Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program.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