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Qualities of Leadership

How would you define the leaders in your life?  Have you stopped to consider the type of leadership you would like to experience?  If so, what qualities would you these mentors have?  Any of the following?

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Once you create your dream list of leadership qualities stop to consider if you demonstrate these qualities yourself.  Do you walk your talk?

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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

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Qualities of Peace in Feminine Leadership

Qualities of Feminine LeadershipInside Awareness is hosting Qualities of Peace in Feminine Leadership Dialogues on behalf of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations.  (#yyjpeace.com)  Our first one was held on March 8th, International Women’s Day.  In our first gathering the *qualities that emerged where;  inner leadership and belonging,  and the *values where;  belonging and acceptance.

Seven qualities of Feminine Leadership that came up in yesterday’s discussion are:

  • ‘Leaders are talking about peace but mostly not behaving or speaking peacefully.’  
  • Accepting our gender, acknowledging our differences and naming the leadership qualities particular to us.  Some examples; capacity for empathy, caring, nurturing and understanding emotions.
  • Recognize each of us has something to offer even when you are locked into a specific cultural belief system and start by being friends first and explore our differences.
  • Be present to the immediate need and take responsibility for changing it.  Stop talking about it  and do something! 
  • Change starts at home first to build a foundation of leadership that secures our future evolution.
  • Stop giving in just because it is  expected of you, but rather, begin to express your needs in a way that others would want to hear them and contribute to meeting them.
  • Listen to each member in the community before making decisions so the decision includes everyone’s voice.

These dialogues are challenging and they are nurturing growth and planting seeds!  They will be continued if your are interested in joining us.  If you are interested in creating a talking circle focused upon leadership in your school, business or organization contact us here at Inside to get started.   

*qualities – for this purpose the meaning of qualities is a behavior or characteristic
*value – for this purpose the meaning of value is the point of need that can be our point of connection and understanding

Qualities of Feminine Leadership

CALL TO ACTION IN THE COMMUNITY

INSIDE AWARENESS HOSTS:  #YYJPEACE.COM:  

  • Sunday, April 12 3:00 – 4:30pm


We held our first informal conversation on the qualities of Feminine Leadership on International Women’s Day in March that will continue again in April It is not a speaker, but rather a group conversation to hear each others voices and integrate what is being shared. It will be a diverse group of women of different ages, careers and passions. I hope you will consider joining in and sharing your meaning of leadership and ways to integrate what we say into what we do.

Connect with renee@insideawareness.com to express your interest

Setting intentions for next year! Include the planet…….

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Plan for success now!    Explore Inside programs & workshops 

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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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THERE IS TALKING GREEN AND THEN THERE IS WALKING GREEN 

Green relationshipsAn attitude of green is the commitment to practice listening to what is meaningful inside and the willingness to hear others before drawing conclusions. Green isn’t one side trumps the other..   Green is inclusive, it isn’t exclusive.  It holds everyone and everything equally.   Our values are not in conflict, our solutions are in conflict.

Green meets humanities needs. It is a space within that connects us to the value of life and the willingness for balance in giving back so everyone and everything thrive’s.  It is a natural cycle of giving and receiving that turns as the turning of night and day.  Imagine the moon and sun falling out of balance with one becoming dominate and one lesser than.

It requires tolerance and balanced lifestyles to increase mindfulness and patience to make better choices and find ways to resolve differences.  Some ways to consider achieving effective day to day balance and enrich life for those times that seem helpless follow:

Setting intentions for next year!

Three points for success with setting your goals and keeping them:

  • include a balanced view of all your life areas while setting your goals:  heath, wealth, fame, love, creative, future, community, career, personal development, ecology
  • connect to the roots of your desire for a meaningful incentive to stick to them
  • create an environment for success
How many times have you set goals on December 31st only to fail in the first week of January?  This year plan for success now!    Explore programs & workshops 

Balance between

mind (solving puzzles) &

mindfulness (spaciousness)

Maze Labyrinth Hearts

A maze is a puzzle and can be confusing. It reflects challenge and requires mind solving focus versus mindfulness! Have you considered how mindfulness supports and balances mind solving skills? Too much challenge can create limited focus and panic. A pathway that leads to mindfulness creates open space for increased brain power for meeting and navigating challenges!

Communication & Movement for Mindful Awareness for Adults

4 Personal Commitments for effective ‘Green Communication’

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.

  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

What are your values

Explore a simple and insightful practice for integrating a personal culture of  values.  Using a traditional style circle of communication that nurtures mutual support, setting goals safely and respectfully.  Build skills for social change. NEW FOR 2015 Personal Calender & Agenda –  Integrating Values Daily!  Talk and Walk Values to get your needs met more easily!

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Children’s Educational Programs for Schools & Families @ www.cultureofvalues.com

The 4 Commitments of Green Movement

The goal in this style of movement is spontaneity.  This is achieved through these four commitments.

1.  Commitment to Stop and Check in

Commitment to slow down and stop

2.  Transition from thinking to sensing

Mindful focus on  your inner sensations from the inside out

3.  Exploring with curiosity

Curiously explore your movement actions and reactions

4.  Practice to integrate

This movement is a system that increases inner wisdom of all aspects of self.  It is not a first aid nor a philosophical path.  It is reuniting of whole movement interrupted through the generalized and institutionalized educational system.

Movement Options:

SOMATIC MOVEMENT

CONTEMPLATIVE MINDFUL MOVEMENT

  •  Labyrinth’s  – pathway in to heart center connection and back out

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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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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

 

 


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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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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

Read more on Labyrinth’s 

 

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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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