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THE CHURCH OF TRUTH ~ Oneness Wednesday’s
with Renee Lindstrom in APRIL, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – James Bay, 111 Superior Street, Victoria, B.C.
Begin your Spring with exploring mindful somatic connections in your body, brain and behavior functions. Increase clarity using a technique to explore your own self-image and heightening your sensory awareness. Expect to be taken through guided exercises that may give you a surprising outcome! You may bring a blanket to lie on and remember to dress comfortably. (Recommend no jeans or tight belts)
Each of the following Wednesday evening events may leave you with a heart-mind-soul connection not unlike devotion even though the focus is softening an inward view of oneself.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The first Church of Truth Oneness Wednesday of April will be a journey of inner reflection and connection that will let your mind become restful. Through focused movement and a quiet mind you may find a gap of clarity become available. This result is much like a sitting meditation yet with a different focus. The difference is in meditation the focus is on observing your mind and this focus will integrate your mind!
By integrating your mind it will cut confusion and balance body and mind, behaviour and increase your ability of inner focusing. This somatic awareness enhances your meditation and yoga practice, it doesn’t compete with it!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
On this second Church of Truth Oneness Wednesday in April you will focus on deepening body awareness to encourage a quieter mind and expanding your “3 D self-image.” Currently the world reflects back to you your self-image. Often it is a mirror reflecting back to you your self-image. This evening you will explore a somatic experience of your own self-image. Enjoy increasing your potential of experiencing more balance in your environment from the inside out!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
On this third Church of Truth Oneness Wednesday of April you will experience a focus on body movement that becomes prayer like in your own balance of inner and outer connection! Not to be missed if you want to find yourself in self-connection that is unlike any other system! You may find yourself in a state of appreciation that you may not be expecting and it is without any doctrine or guru. It is simply through your own ability to connect to all parts of yourself in a balanced and harmonious way.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The fourth Church of Truth Oneness Wednesday of April will focus on a movement sequence that will be a gift for a lifetime. It will be a movement pattern that is easy and that will balance your emotions, nervous system and your bad posture habits. This pattern sequence will support your nervous system and given you a strong ability to cope with your every day life. It may become a must do sequence of self-connection before meditating! It will enhance all your abilities and deepen your coping skills!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The fifth Church of Truth Oneness Wednesday of April will bring you into exploring bigger movements to integrate your body, mind and behavior inner sensing into regular daily activities and others you pursue such as dancing, walking, fitness. The skill of observation will give you increased awareness of yourself in other areas of enjoying your life!
- In 2012 Renee hosted a month-long Oneness Wednesday Awareness program with the Church of Truth. The focus was the Season for Nonviolence and using the skills of nonviolent communication.
- In 2013 Renee was backing hosting a month-long Oneness Wednesday Awareness program with the Church of Truth. The focus was on Labyrinths for Walking and Integrating it with movement and inner communication and self-empathy.
Being Creative with a Labyrinth
Ongoing with Educational and Awareness Programs since 2012. Here is one example from May, 2013.
The community gathering to learn, draw and create labyrinths is from the Church of Truth during their Oneness Wednesday events.
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Copyright 2014 – 2019 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
At our second evening of sharing Victoria’s April Awareness campaign for NVC as an experience for shifting a planet into peace, we had the pleasure of having local Victorian Laurel Collins as guest presenter. Laurel chose the topic, “Beyond right and wrongdoing, ” as the focus of her presentation.
Laurel shared her unique experience and passion behind her own connection to Nonviolent Communication and why she was choosing to commit another 4 to 5 years of study to write her thesis with a focus on this dialogue process and consciousness.
She successfully expanded and deepened our understanding of the process that Judi Morin began last week introducing to us in this style of communicating. The take away from last week was the stories we tell ourselves in our thinking process that keeps us from connecting to each other. Each person has their own unique perspective and Judi was able to demonstrate this through an exercise. Her role play was to demonstrate how these internal arguments play in our head and keep us from knowing what is truly going on for us and expressing in a way to be heard.
Laurel expanded our awareness of the four basic steps in an NVC dialogue. Observation, Feelings, Needs and Requests sometimes called OFNR. She connected us to the stimulation we and others may feel upon our choices of words in the sentences we articulate as NVC practitioners. Sentences such as, “I am feeling ……,” “I am needing…..,” and “Would you be willing…..” She gave us ideas of how to structure sentences differently to give us more choice in our NVC conversations. Experiencing NVC feeling and needs literacy Laurel connected and shone the light on the developing consciousness that grows naturally and organically when you practice nonviolent communication. She cautioned us that as beginners in the initial stages of learning the four steps and practicing them as a practitioner we may develop our own right ways of doing Nonviolent Communication. She explained how this may be an alienating experience for many and that being right in how to do NVC practice may become the focus rather than connecting. Basically taking right and wrong thinking into our NVC practice.
We enjoyed breakout exercises that gave us an experience of sharing times when we said something that we would have liked to have said differently. The intention was to share what needs might have stimulated what we have said. In my breakout group no one had any burning desire to share an issue. Therefore playing with what they did say to identify their feelings and discover the . underlying needs there was visual discomfort at being the center of attention and in this process of sharing. One person did share a very hot issue for them that demonstrated the delicate layering of issues in conflict that creates a blow up. It was a powerful moment of connection after separating out the issues and bringing the connection within to a personal inner experience.
Coming away from our evening I am reminded that this is a practice and a choice to commit to. One that we will be exploring for our lifetimes to become more conscious in our relationships and grow more quality into them.
Laurel demonstrated that in choosing to speak with a sentence structure of NVC principals we naturally begin to create an experience in our world that has abundance, joy, support and connection . In changing our language we support shifting our view from struggle and pain into possibilities and potential therefore a shift in our own experiences.
Everyone enjoyed this nights presentation and Laurel’s articulate style and connection in sharing the illusive qualities of Nonviolent Communication.
Next week on Wednesday, April 18th, I will be presenting and the topic will be on “Activism for Social Change” and on Wednesday, April 28th, Michele Favarger will be presenting the topic of “Resolving Conflict.”
Please join us at 7 p.m. – the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street
A conceptual framework of Dr. Rosenberg’s, Nonviolent Communication is based upon understanding what he describes as ‘Partnership and Domination Paradigms.‘ Ideally with knowledge and practice of nonviolent communication participants will move towards integrating the values of Partnership paradigms into their relationships.
Domination is life alienating is dualistic thinking with power over, power under relationships. It is hierarchical head-based thinking and depends upon win/lose or lose/lose experiences.
Partnership is life enhancing and creates holistic relationships of power with. Is is hierarchical based on function, heart-based on compassion and depends upon a win/win experience.
In Victoria for April’s Awareness Campaign for Nonviolent Communication the topic for tomorrow’s Church of Truth’s Oneness Wednesday will be , ‘Beyond right and wrongdoing.’ Presented by Laurel Collins. Come and explore these concepts with us live and receive the support from a group and live practice opportunities. It begins at 7:00 p.m. at 111 Superior Street.