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Now until Xmas – most stressed out time of the year!

Do you spend now until Christmas filled with holiday stress ? (overwhelmed with tension & anxiety)  As so many do, December has become known as the Stress-Free Family Holidays Month!    Signs of Stress

Causes of Holiday Stress

  • Travel
  • Shopping
  • Money & bills
  • Family
  • Socializing
  • Hosting Holiday Events
  • Being Alone

Ways you can keep stress healthy

  • Check in to define what your longing for over the holiday (family, connection, community, giving)
  • Plan out how to achieve what you long for (set your intention)
  • Commit to checking in to ask yourself if you are meeting your goals or going off track
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthier during events  
  • Sleep more 
  • Relax more 
  • Schedule in ‘you’ time
  • Find an empathy buddy outside of your work and family for the season!  Someone you can talk out your tension with who will not increase your stress and will help you to remember what’s important
  • Meditate
  • Walk a ‘labyrinth’

Read Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

Inquire about  upcoming workshops & webinars –  Are your intention and your holiday plans in alignment?

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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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Tips for surviving the holidays!

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Feel like protesting and  taking the Xmas out of the holidays!

Here are some tips for connecting from the inside out that will result in leaving commercialism where it belongs, in the department store!  

1.  Pause to breathe and check in! Notice what thought stories are fighting for your attention and label it, “thinking,” with no judgement (you are seeking and your thoughts are trying to accommodate whatever that is).

2. Stop long enough to notice and identify if  you want to:  run around shopping, withdraw from it all,  or scream!  

3.  Once you notice your reaction, take a moment and connect to what is meaningful for you.  Some ideas for meaning around the holiday could be: sharing, caring, family, giving, receiving, connection, community, celebration, appreciation, inclusion, devotion, faith, rest, relaxation….   

4.  Once you have picked 2 or 3 values that you long to connect to your holiday season, take time to write each of them down on paper leave space between each value.

5.  Read a value, starting with the first one.  Close your eyes and connect to the quality of what this value means to you.  Let your imagination go and put a picture to what you are longing for.  Go through each value and connect to it in this way keeping your holiday in mind.   For example:  

Connection:  The quality is closeness, warmth, lightheartedness. The image is sitting with a family member over a nice celebratory meal and truly connecting.  Listening and expressing in a way where both are listening and expressing equally.  

Celebration:  The quality is bright, energizing, pleasure.  The image is coming home to a brightly decorated home that is a welcome contrast to the cold and darkness.  

Giving & Receiving:  The quality is joy and heart-felt warmth.  The image of sitting with someone while they are genuinely enjoying and appreciating the gift you have given.  The gift to you is their response and if you receive one in return that is a bonus.   

Once you have gone through each value sit back and read your statements of longing to see if you can pinpoint an intention.  What quality is a thread between your statements.  It there a theme? In the examples above the common threat is a connection to the experience itself.  The theme is connection to people, place and time. 

6.  Now with this conscious information, go back and to your original reactions. Would these actions truly connect to what you are longing for?  Where they ungrounded solutions increasing your disconnection and anxiety.  Ask yourself what you can do differently to meet more of your holiday dreams.

Consider making your personal request doable and concrete (specific to time and place).  For example:

A dream could be for a deepening connection with a friend or family member. The request could be,  Could I pick a time over the holidays to invite this person out for a coffee and snack somewhere we can relax and visit?  If the answer is yes reach out to this person and invite them.  The difference is that this action is grounded in intention and you will be reflecting this in your attitude and experience letting the experience be more settling and meaningful versus fraught with chaos and disconnection.

Let your values become your focused goals & boundaries!  

Intouch Goals – Programs & Workshops

Intouch Empathy, Transformation & Motivational Coaching 

Coaching to translate your thoughts into intentions and doable actions connecting to what really matters.  Goals that result from your sharing to support you in moving forward with clarity and success

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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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Are your intention and your holiday plans in alignment?

Be creative and deepen your connection to what really matters over the holidays.

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  •  Sunday, Nov 30, 1- 3 pm  

Spend an afternoon with Renee Lindstrom, Inside Awareness for Healthy Living and Aryana Rayne, Labyrinths of B.C. Together we will explore integrity and alignment with what truly makes your heart sing and break old holiday social patterns of disconnection. Consciously create a new holiday map that keeps you connected from the inside out.

As easily as walking a labyrinth!

This is a creative way to change holiday experiences that are no longer working for you into new ones that meet your needs more effectively.

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Affordable Afternoon Workshop @ $30.00

Connect for Registration Information  – Renee @ (250)-three61-seven508

Location:  Inside Awareness for Healthy Living

‘Enjoy an afternoon of contemplating doing something different for the holiday!  Change begins with finding your dream. 

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About Renee Lindstrom, 
Intouch Movement, Empathy & Accountability Coaching

Transformational & motivational coaching to transform habitual patterns into mindful awareness using easy, accessible and doable actions. Designed to support intentional connection to what really matters now – in this moment by tapping into your inner creative. Experience skillful and artful tools for turning habits of scarcity into actions of abundance proven to achieve clarity, success. Turn dreams and visions into reality and start “walking your integral self”

1919506_172066377018_8204136_nAbout Aryana Rayne, 
Bach Flower Remedy Counsellor, Certified Business Coach and Reiki Master

Aryana’s life work is the discovery of simple tools for transformation. She is a skilled intuitive offering insights and safe exploration for those who feel stuck on the path of self-realization. She presents journey workshops where participants reconnect with their deepest values and find ways to express them in their daily lives for a sense of fulfillment and freedom.

Intouch Goals – Programs & Workshops

Intouch Movement Empathy, Transformation & Motivational Coaching 

Accountability coaching  to transform habitual patterns into mindful,  intentional and doable actions to support connection to what really matters.  Tapping into the   inner creative and and using skillful tools turning habits of scarcity into abundance actions achieving clarity and success.

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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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Empathy Nature & Values Talking Circle

  • Sunday, Nov 16, 7 – 9 pm

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LOCATION: Inside Awareness and Healthy Living

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 through developing your empathy nature of speaking and listening from the heart!  $15.00 – Drop in, or $52.00 per month

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‘Values in the work space’ – Improve communication in business

Integrating values in the work space and learning a values spoken language brings immediate results.  This system of learning has proven it will save time and money in the long run.  It will cut unproductive time spent to justify ones actions to prove who is right or wrong and replace water cooler gossip, that creates enemies,  with skills to speak up effectively in the moment. The roots of  discontent always comes back to misinterpretation of information at the time of any circumstance and the lack of skills to inquire for more information before drawing conclusions.  Without this there is only one unethical behavior option, reaction!

This business model continues to prove to me that it develops trust and safety for being honest and being heard.  What I am witnessing is a model of personal mediation that reflects courage for speaking ones truth in the moment and with ease!  Breaking through an old school concept of not being outspoken to be nice is replaced with true kindness to the organization.

In these long-term business integration sessions that have following introductory workshops,  I get to witness the participants breaking through the barriers of  those who ‘think they know everything,” and those ‘who never speak up.’  Those who think they know go beyond this self-induced wall of limited thinking and those who never speak up begin to make their presence known.  The result is more connection and less resentment.  Those who preach and tell stories are doing less of this and those who quietly listen to the stories and preaching to be ‘kind’ are doing so less.  It is eliminating the resentment and freeing up time for productive action.

As a facilitator it is very rewarding to engage and observe this transition that becomes  ‘deepened mediation in the moment.’  This model can cut through frustration immediately and end lengthy meetings trying to resolve and process reactions.  When you think about it, restorative justice is focused upon reactions of those who did not know who to speak up for themselves in the moment to get the results they longed for!

Employers, bosses and employees:  why are you not all focused upon understanding why we are having reactions and being honest in the moment?   Why wait until being disciplined or sitting around a tribunal?  Radical!

Workshop for your office or organization or 

Make and inquiry on Business Integration Options

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 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

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Entering the Century of Dialogue

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Universal Intention – accepting the challenges of today and taking action

A historic event was unfolding over Peace Weekend, Sept 20 & 21 ’14. The Dali Lama gathered the 9 religion’s of India together to discuss secular ethics and the environment of the world!

The Dali Lama declared the this Century the Century of Peace and how to achieve it – a Century of Dialogue!

Renee of Inside  was inspired to create this image as she listened to the plenary sessions of this historic gathering. The leaders of the nine religions in India gathering together for a dialogue. What Renee heard from these leaders was in tune with her philosophy and life’s passion. Peace will only come through mindful dialogue. The three things she enjoyed hearing from these sessions was: 1. We are all the same. there is no difference between us. 2. We all need two things, grain and clean water. 3. If the water is polluted??????, If there is no grain??????

Inside perspective of  why does a century of peace depend upon a century of dialogue?  

Peace comes from learning how to build a friendship based upon trust. Good friends are ones that have experienced you as trustworthy.  Bad friends are ones who have learned not to not trust you through experience. What determines trustworthy behavior?  Ethical behavior based upon shared values.

Values are universal and shared by all people.  We are  all the same and  we share the  same qualities of  human function.  These qualities are the four aspects of self;  mental, emotional, physical  and belief.  We all have the same needs for relationships,  survival and happiness and are entitled to achieve happiness in our life.  We are all entitled to relationships built upon respect and equality.

How can we create a culture of ethical behavior?  Through education, practice and commitment.  It begins with accepting the challenge and taking action.  It is only through personal change that one can be the change they want to see in the world.

A great starting point is learning a vocabulary of values.   Inside value programs are designed to start where you are and available for personal development, for the office, organization and education institution.  They are available for both adults and children.

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 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

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