Tag Archives: Mindfulness

Receiving the pain of humanity one conversation at a time!

Listening Spiral Inward

Listening Spiral Inward

Last night I was asked about the emotion in my eyes in an empathy coaching session the previous day.  I couldn’t remember the specific incident, however, I knew the depth of caring alive in me from witnessing the results of some very destructive communication and manipulative behaviour to get ones needs met at any cost.

It brought back a memory of being in an empathy healing session with  Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, author and creator of Nonviolent Communication.  As our session deepened I observed a pool of pain in his eyes that could only be a result of his pain for humanity. In Buddhist teaching this eye contact was much different.  The reflection in Buddhist Rinpoches that I have experienced are compassionate without the depth of pain Marshall’s had.

Considering this, I am comparing that Marshall’s empathy program is unencumbered and simple.  It takes one inward towards the root cause of the experience and to one’s integrity while the Buddhist practice and talks are based upon;  learning mindful meditation, spiritual dogma, faith, devotion  and  a focus on examples using storytelling of the past to pass knowledge and discernment on. I have found with Marshall’s integration you can focus your attention and go to the center, while in Buddhism integration isn’t so direct.  I believe all Rinpoches have compassion and  I know their devotion to humanity is tremendous.  Each day they give reverence to those who crossed their path that day before retiring.

From this above personal experience I believe empathy is intimate, vulnerable, connected to the immediate experience and identifies the individual needs while compassion is  a fuller experience and not directly  connected to the immediate needs.  I experience empathy to lead to compassion.


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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

 

 

Nothing can replace nature in bringing you into inner peacefullness

Over the Easter weekend we visited #yyj’s Woodwynn Farms Peace Garden.  My friend and I  had gone the year before to celebrate her birthday and to meet the artists, Deryk Houston and his partner Elizabeth Wellburn.  Now we made another day of it that started by driving out into the country in a convertible.    Our first real sun of the year made it more enjoyable and added to the carefree experience.  I had two intentions for the day, one to celebrate my friends birthday in this way for a second year and to experience the meditation nest that Deryk had just installed into this acre garden.

The sitting nest!   A spiral in to the center that has a beautiful bench to sit on facing a scenic horizon.  Sitting down is this space can only be described as being at peace.  A perfect reflection on how our space can create and experience.


 

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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

 

Present enough to notice what’s right in front of you!

When weeding isn’t weeding anymore!

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Yesterday when the person who had wanted dandelions didn’t show up to harvest them, I decided to go out myself and get started.  An area that was originally grass had become weed filled when I  let the neighbors invasive Saint John’s Wort move in.  Digging up never-ending weeds has been a challenge and now I felt lucky to have someone who wanted to harvest the dandelions.

As I began digging I noticed wild onions and had to stop to taste them.  Then I began to separate them from the weeds along with the dandelions.  Then came the baby thistle, then the plantain and finally the fennel.  Weeding wasn’t weeding anymore!  It became a gathering experience.  Each one had to be tasted periodically too.

Once washed and laid out to dry the volume was appreciated.  A small 3 x 4 foot patch reaped a table full of greens for tea’s, salad’s, oils flavored vinegar, poultice’s and creams.  Well, actually too much was eaten.  The first harvest and I couldn’t get enough.

When this gal I mentioned earlier came by to pick up her dandelions,  we stood chatting.  We began eating the leaves off the Saint John Wort and that’s when  it hit me.  What I hadn’t been able to see that is.  What I did see caused much angst and I was blocked from seeing the treasures that were actually there.  They were not hidden, I just wasn’t able to see them!  My focus was on my kids, business and time.  I told myself I didn’t have time and  yet needed it to look a certain way for my business. What a loss.  I imagine now, had I shared this knowledge with my kids they would have had real-time with me and learned something more valuable than doing chores.  So busy being busy.  Ouch!


Renee is an appreciative and proud mother of two young adults.  One child introduced her to the experience of unconditional love and the other to the inner power and beauty of being a woman!

 

“Resolutions imply resolving conflict!” Did you start your year focusing on your inner conflicts?

The Beauty Path WayDid you begin your new year drawing attention to your inner conflict and what you hate about yourself?  If you did, what do you think your chances of success are when your focus is on what’s wrong with you versus what’s right with you?  

Ever consider that you can put your failed resolutions down to the validation that you give yourself when you keep reconfirming in your mind what’s wrong with you.  Is your inner-voice telling you that you are a looser?

If you began to shift your focus slightly perhaps you will shift hopelessness into hope and inspiration.  Beginning with:

  • Asking yourself, “What is my motivation?”  
  • and “Do I want  to build my confidence or self-sabotage?”

Embrace your power and find your joy’

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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

 

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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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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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!

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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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