Tag Archives: reflection

#yyj event: Exploring Mental & Belief Aspects of Self

Beauty Path:

Exploring 2 of the 4 Aspects of Self:  Mental & Belief

  •  Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

@ Oneness Wednesday – Church of Truth – James Bay

by exploring individual quadrants of this Walking Map of Consciousness

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By Donation to Church of Truth


 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
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


Season for Peace

16th Annual Gandhi – King Seasons for Peace & Nonviolence – 64 Ways in 64 Days

Welcome to the announcement launching the 16th focused Season for Nonviolence that begins January 30th on the anniversary of  Gandhi’s  passing and ends on April 4, the anniversary of   Martin Luther King’s passing.   I am hoping that you are visiting this page as you are interested in ways you can personally participate or create events for your community!

64 Ways in 64 Days is a program that is being offered by an International group that has spent years collaborating resulting in a beautiful system for bring personal awareness to self-responsibility.

  • receive a daily reflection quote for yourself, organization, teen or child
  • take part in a learning programs during the season
  • create a program for your organization with ease through following guides

Some example programs:

  • Daily Affirmations • Quotations • Practices • Reflections 

The Season for Nonviolence’s foundational program, 64 Ways in 64 Days offers many ways for individuals to practice nonviolence throughout the Season. Here you can find materials for teens, children, group activities, public service announcements, formatted booklets, and a maṇḍala meditation tool.

  • Book Study • Key Concepts • Discussion Questions • Practice Exercises 

• 9 Weeks or Sessions
Based on the revolutionary book by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, this self-organizing group course adapted, from a study guide created by the Dalai Lama Foundation, is perfect for church or community groups of any size. In each session, participants will review two chapters from, Ethics for the New Millennium as the starting point for an in-depth exploration of ethics in our own lives and how these can be applied to transformation in our communities.


If you are in the Greater Victoria area and would like to gather for bringing this awareness to our community contact using the form below or email her at renee(at)insideawareness(dot)com.

Views of Anger from different vantage points

In a group dialogue I listened to a secondhand  viewpoint on anger from someone who had attended a workshop.  This view was  that anger could be focused in a way that wasn’t from a source of ego, yet simply to cut through it (ego).

Reflecting,  I had  memories of reading this message in Rinpoches dharma teachings and  witnessing  this skillfully in action, by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg,  and experiencing it unskillfully from another teacher.

The person sharing in our current group seems to  attracted to this topic and that it was relevant to her in the general topic we had been asked to discuss.  This filled me with  curiosity on how to marry these two together.

Coming back, what about anger?  I shared above how one person used skillful means in the process of cutting through the anger with no ego and one who had not achieved this skill, yet thought they had.  I believe the difference in these two experiences is that one person had the skills of empathetic listening (of themselves and for others) and one did not.  The second person carried an authority of knowing something and was not interested in others perspectives.  My experiences was their only interest was being their teacher.   Both these teachers had their own journey of experiencing and learning therefore, in my opinion, neither were right or wrong.  It was simply them!

What is the key to healthy anger?  The hint in the last paragraph – empathetic listening!  My perspective is that developing the ability to listen to your anger and go through it’s protective layer to what is alive underneath will release the current charge or grip of it.

The beauty of it is this experience is can  become a new skill to resolve anger issues of the past and for new issues.  You may even begin to recognize that you are NOT triggered by the same old events.

Another key lesson is  soon as you are honest with yourself and accept your anger without judgement it becomes the basic skill for hearing anger in others with deepened empathy!

I understand anger as   being an emotion to notice some action needs to be taken. Anger, therefore in this sense, is the protective use of force.  An example could be a child crossing the street.  It is anger that will increase adrenalin and provide the force to get there in time and out of harms way!

I wonder if skillful use of anger without ego then is anger without being attached to an outcome and therefore it is spontaneous (not a result of old issues and aggression.  A flash in the frying pan action, if you will, that will release the tension of the moment and result in a healthier outcome when combined with the right techniques to process and move forward with mutuality of all sides!