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21st year observing Season of Peace

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness, Living in Natures Love Blog & Renee Lindstrom Live

The Season for Nonviolence was created by Arun Gandhi, Mohandas Gandhi’s grandson in 1998.  It is a yearly celebration for cultivating peace that begins April 30th and ends on April 4th.  It is based upon the philosophies of peace leaders that have made a cultural impact during their lives.  These are  Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  In recent years  the Dali Lama has become a representative of this awareness campaign anchored by a mission, statement of principles, and commitments by participants towards living in a nonviolent way.

The Season of Nonviolence is a 64 Day observation of peace.  It is hosted and supported by the AGNT, Age for New Global Thought Organization, their members and task forces.

Since 2011 Renee at Inside Awareness has shared tips call 64 Ways in 64 Days for personal observation to support this campaign in her own community.  In these past nine years the focus of the tips has had a focus for adults or for children.  these have included value practice, exercises and quotes.


Quotes for the Office

To follow daily quotes for cultivating peace in ones office – follow them on our calendar webpage or visit us on  Twitter,  Instagram  Pinterest or Facebook.

For more information on  Age for New Global Thought Organization, their members and task forces contributions visit –  www.agnt.org

Have you considered where you would like to be in your relationship in 2016? or find one?

Valentines Day

Saint Valentine has come to be known as the patron saint of lovers

Valentine, who was executed in the 3rd century for performing Christian marriages,  has prompted feasts to celebrate love and happiness

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  It’s Sunday, Feb 14th, 2016!

Have you been Looking for ‘love’ in all the wrong places?  One of our primal instincts is to be in relationship.  Instinctive knowledge that sharing our experiences with another being that we consider our perfect mate drives us!

Have you considered where you would like to be in your relationship in 2016?  Getting back to consciously creating your loving experiences begins with consideration of what you desire.  Once you create an image of what you wish for pay attention to manifesting it.

Follow natures rhythms for manifesting your desires for 2016.  Nature flora and fauna have already harvested their  seeds for 2016 and now well into their rejuvenation cycle preparing for new growth next year!  Co-create with nature by following this powerful cycle.  Start by reflecting on your love dream first.  Write it out and talk it out loud.  Begin to make it real by taking it out of your head and into reality.

Here are some opportunities for connecting and coming together in  new and unique ways for making relationships adventures that you can export and support finding new love connections.




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Wedding Labyrinth – see more 

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

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‘Epic Empty Nest-er Transitions’


It’s no secret that my kids are the first generation kids who had one parent practicing a value based model of communication that began when they were beginning elementary school.  A model of communication learned from Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Author of Nonviolent Communication.

Practicing this model of  communication at home has been a different experience than teaching it to others or being taught it.  The difference has been embodying it as the cultural foundation of our lifestyle and relationships.  Therefore our families learning has been through integrating our practice.

Travelling the path of transitioning from one consciousness to another was filled with immediate experiences and this mom did not know, or consider, the impact of any future outcomes.  The focus was learning with each interaction as it happened.  The beauty was the outcomes and the struggle was the extra brain effort to get there.  From teaching experiences it seems the brain is a lazy muscle and loves being attached to what it knows that ultimately blocks learning anything new! Hence the effort.

This mom quickly realized that it did not stop the adventures of childhood that were not particularity agreeable, however, what was different was the interactions between parent and child.  Spoken and unspoken communication between this mom and her children was deeper, connected and open, even in our conflicts.   These children quickly learned to be honest and take responsibility for their actions versus *lie to justify them.  They also became comfortable to hold mom accountable for any communication missteps. *lie – part of this system is to track and keep going back to the point so it is hard to keep up dishonesty as we learned! 

However, trouble still exists/ed and as one child left home it was under misunderstandings and conflict.  It was mom pushing bird out of the nest and a shock to baby bird.  Luckily our value based connect was enough to transition the conflict of our differences into understanding and connection.    Now this bird is coming home for a visit  and will be bringing a mate for mom to meet.  A mate who is interested in a pursuing education in ways of doing things this mom introduced to her families culture.  Mom is curious and excited!  Better yet she was able to discuss concerns and worry at the long periods of no contact during the 18 months away without bird taking it personally!  Love this communication!  What this child hears isn’t that they have done something wrong,  rather they hear the   concern and caring of this parent.

As baby bird one is returning to visit,  number two is leaving the nest.  This news came as a surprise!  This child and mom had made an agreement that affected their future lifestyle.  Then without discussion and mutual agreement another decision was made stimulating the disappointment of unmet needs.  On a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 10 for this mom.  The amazing thing is that there was/is honesty.  There was enough caring to be in the process for as long as it took to find clarity, understanding and agreement.  It has taken three months.  What began as mom wanting to push baby gently to safely leave the nest, to baby jumping from the nest while recognizing that a relationships with mom was equally as important. Neither right or wrong, yet, we have felt our feelings and over time expressed what is alive for us.  It gave us the opportunity to talk about the things we have withheld and now our relationship is transitioning into self-reliance.  It is maturing in a healthy way whereby we are admitting our excitement and fears.

I shocked and surprised my first child and my second shocked and surprised me.  What is different for us is that we have heard messages of meaning and how important we are to each other.  In my first family the pattern was to withdraw, disconnect and isolate.   I am loving being able to achieve a different expereience.  It bring hope and joy.

Creating a new consciousness through learning to listen and speak differently does take effort in the beginning,  yet,  my experience is that it reduces the field of later conflict which is by far a bigger struggle.

It is this family experience that extended to our early childhood education expereince that led to the creation of educational programs called Culture of Values for parents, schools and classrooms.  Find out more at  Culture of Values  or follow @learningvalues or on facebook

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication Relationship & Life 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

Evaluative Experience Words, not Feelings



Word map of feeling words mixed together with evaluative experience words & value words sometimes mixed up in sentences as words that one feels 

At  Speaking Peace workshops we introduce words that are sometimes mistaken as feelings.  These words are actually evaluative experiences that are added in our statements after the words, “I feel…..,”  or “I felt….” Our workshop exercise is to identify the true emotion and consider the unmet need creating these feelings.

An example is the word betrayed.  I feel betrayed is an incorrect use as betrayed is not a feeling.   It describes an experience.  The feelings one might feel may be hurt, downhearted, wretched, devastated, discourages, lonely and more (see photo above for more).

Once true feelings are named our speaking peace process is to look at the unmet value needs that make be causing these feelings. These could be the need for:  respect, honesty, consideration, to matter, trust, support and more (see photo for more).

Consider our Speaking Peace courses and workshop!  Learn more about how to connect with more clarity, understanding and empathy!


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InTouch Talking Circles, Speaking Peace Programs & Coaching include learning the leadership skill of holding space in acceptance of our ego, without judgement, to better go beyond it!

The grounding and experience of presence explored in sacred circle is included in the guidance and exploration process of  our programs

Inner awareness
In 2001 Renee began a sacred circle that consisted of practitioners of different spiritual backgrounds.  Our groups purpose was to deepen our  personal experiences of Doctor Marshall Rosenberg’s speaking peace model.  Those of us in the group all had a long history of personal practice in our own traditions and recognized the sacred connection that was missing in the speaking peace programs, except in personal experiences with Marshall himself.  Therefore we attempted to create, not a practice group,  but a sacred circle.  We called in our various deities for support and to hold the space to help us  go deep into our personal vulnerabilities and speak our own truths,  even when it came to each others ego’s within the group.  It was knowing each other from inside ourselves almost somatically versus what and who we were.

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication Relationship & Life 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

‘Speaking Peace’ Communication Integration & Practice


  • 7 – 9 pm



An evening for safely practicing your ‘value needs vocabulary,’ to strengthen your boundaries and create interdependent relationships.   A facilitated circle where your needs for being heard, seen and valued are met while developing deepened listening skills!


Oct 18 – Appreciation

Oct 25 – Empathy

Nov 1 – Gratitude

Nov 8 – Friendship

Nov 15 – Creativity

Nov 22 – Courage

Nov 29 – Choice

Dec 6 – Recognition

Dec 13 – Celebration

Dec 20 – Giving

Dec 27 – Family

Location:  Inside Awareness for Healthy Living – 1618 Clawthorpe Avenue

RSVP – renee@insideawareness.com

Cost:  By Drop in – $15.00 or Monthly paid in advance – $40.00

This gathering is focused upon Inside’s InTouch’s Roots of Happiness & Success Calendar & Work-book, sold separately.

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Inside Awareness participates in Educational Project starting in 2013 to present: World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature

Photo’s compliments of Lee-Anne Erickson

Renee Lindstrom of Inside Awareness became the  Vice Chair of the The World Children’s Summit on Peace and Nature in February, 2014.  However her participation began in the fall of 2013 when she was invited to sit on the board and lead the contemplative workshop.   While Vice-Chair her focus was on creating a model for connecting to nature using the arts; photography, music & storytelling and contemplation; body, mindfulness & meaning. This involved organizing the lofty ideas and vision and introducing it to the community.

The Contemplative Workshop itself is new to education and a great opportunity for Renee to create a unique and innovative educational experience.  She   integrated somatic movement, universal values & leadership. The experience demonstrated a way to easily develop skills in understanding values, feelings, inner connection and acceptance of differences. This workshop was not only educational showed how the benefits of contemplation could be integrated with the purpose of focusing upon compassionate leadership.

As a sponsor of the World Children’s Summit Renee Lindstrom developed a Calendar of values  and monthly activities for educators to take part from anywhere in the world!  She created a template from the Kids Peace Bus Calendar of Values Program .  Part of the workshop included a class dialogue about universal values.  The children created their own class values simply by answering the question, “What is important to you in your classroom?”

The World Children’s Summit on Peace and Nature became a relevant event held in a local school  that was more than the events themselves.  It was a whole program that held a container for a focus of peace.  The founder of the Summit brought in a Peace Fountain and Peace Pole as a focus and the participating classes ended the day gathering together to share their individual experiences.

Read more about Kids Peace Bus Calendar of Values 


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,