Fall Landscaping: Seed Planning for coming seasons

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Landscaping – Front Bed

 

As luck would have it our fall has been warmer which extends my time to get out and do a fall clean and plan for the coming year.  This year I have considered adding lavender and forget me nots in the front due to the South Eastern exposure.  The rest of the yard does not have the full sun that lavender enjoys.  Prior to getting out though I decided to get a full perspective of what is actually going on in this area.

The first thing that I notice is that every plant in this bed is more than decoration.  Each one can be one of the following:

Symbols for Quick Reference above each plant entry:

Edible

Edible

Mortar

Medicinal

tea kettle

Tea/Infusion

Dye

Dye Plant

These plants may flower with some flowers turning into berries.  I have made flower and/or plant essences from each of these plants.  Most of them I eat as edibles during their season and have made oils and tinctures with them.

The second area I want to check out is the significance of the placement of each plant and the relationship to the life areas each placement represents.  There are nine life areas in a grid of 3 x 3.

Landscaping – Front Bed Life Areas

Listed below are the meaning of some of these plants to given you an idea of why I find it important to look at their placement in this garden bed.   I check into their symbolism and connection to  the subtle energy centers of the body that they are associated with.  These aspects would give me the incentive to consider what is happening in my current experience and are ones that I would change for balancing out their placement.

Going through the list I enjoy the growing awareness of how the meaning qualities reflect the values that I am integrating through Nonviolent Communication studies and practice.  The mirror reflection for me is that the intention of connecting to values is a deeper lifestyle integration than I had imagined.   It’s a  microphone drop moment for me!  I highlighted the values and qualities I strive to mentor others to achieve through goal-setting and Nonviolent Communication Practice.

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1st Chakra:  Root

  • Crocosmia
    • Feelings of Love
  • Day Lily
    •  Humility & Devotion
  • Evening Primrose
    • Life of Fulfillment
  • Mullein
    • Creativity & Self-Reliance
  • Native Red Currant
  • Traditional White Rose – Rosa
    • Love & Adoration

2nd Chakra:  Sacral

  • Evening Primrose
    • Life of Fulfillment
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mullein
    • Creativity & Self-Reliance
  • Oregon Grape
    • Trust & Balance
  • Rue
    • Herb of Grace, to forgive
  • Snow Drop
    • Hope
  • Stonecrop (Hens ‘n chicks)
    • Timeless Love

3rd Chakra:  Solar Plexus

  • Evening Primrose
    • Life of Fulfillment
  • Mullein
    • Creativity & Self Reliance
  • Saint Johns Wort
    • Protection

4th Chakra:  Heart

  • Evening Primrose
    • Life of Fulfillment
  • Forget me not
    • True Love
  • Gladiolus
    • Faith and Consistency
  • Hollyhock
    • Fertility & Fruitfulness
  • Lavender
    • Serenity & Grace
  • Sand Strawberry

5th Chakra:  Throat

  • Pacific Northwest Maple
  • Mullein
    • Creativity & Self Reliance

6th Chakra:  Brow

  • Forget me not
    • True Love
  • Lavender
    • Serenity & Grace
  • Lupine
  • Saint Johns Wort
    • Protection
  • Traditional White Rose – Rosa
    • Love & Adoration

7th Chakra:  Crown

  • Lavender
    • Serenity & Grace
  • Lemon Balm
    • Love Friendship
  • Traditional White Rose – Rosa
    • Love & Adoration

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Traditional uses and properties of foods are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering.


Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Awareness through Movement® for the 5th Chakra

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Throat Chakra

Located in the throat at the voice box and Adams apple areas, the Throat Chakra governs the voice, endocrine gland, thyroid and communication.

It relates to truth, nobility, serenity, spiritualism, thoughtfulness and kindness and is associated with faith, caring, peace and fidelity.

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The guided patterns Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase ones ability to sing higher or lower, speak with more groundedness, swallow easier and unblock air passageways going down into the torso.  Mobilizing unused muscles and spinal movements can free up any restrictiveness limiting information and fluid going upwards into the head and brain as well.

The Throat Chakra is located where the spinal column leaves the girdle of the shoulder blades and upper ribs, and reflects the separation of the skull to be free-floating above.  Have you ever considered how your head sits on top of a vertebra that is on top of a few others before the upper cradle of the ribs and shoulders?

In Nonviolent Communication, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg discussed how the base of the throat area is the line that separates reaction with thinking and speaking  from connection to universal values increasing empathy.  His focus of empathy was an action with an intention of the heart (or values).  If one was speaking only from the mind only the result would be disconnection and conflict.

This Feldenkrais Practitioner, who mentors and coaches using Nonviolent Communication,  can see clues in others who appear to be living in their heads, so to speak.  It is evident in their facial features, colouring and body posture.  Sharing  lessons in either Awareness through Movement® or Awareness through Communication  this Practitioner can see the changing environment in ones colouring, features and postural changes.

Like diet the emotional grouping in this picture can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons.  

 

 

 

 

Try this example experience of 12 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1.  In either a sitting or prone position begin to slide your tongue over your lower lip as though you where going to touch your chin with it. Repeat a number of times.  Take your time and focus on observing your tongue.  As you slide it over your lip at what point does it begin to feel stretched.
  2. After many times stop and observe where your attention is going.
  3. Come back again and repeat steps in #1, only this time notice if you are locking your head.  If you where chasing your chin would you hold your head upright in a locked position?  Unlock your head and repeat a few times.  Where does your head go?
  4. Pause for a few breaths.
  5. Come back and this time as you take you tongue downward towards your chin begin to synchronize your exhale.  Repeat  for 7 or 8 exhales.
  6. Pause for a few breaths and notice if you feel anything differently.
  7. Come back now and begin to take your tongue upward over your top tip.  Repeat this many times as though you where going to catch your nose.  Are you chasing your nose right from the beginning of this movement or have you locked your neck.
  8. Pause and rest.
  9. Come back taking your tongue upward towards your nose and begin to breathe inward.  Sync this pattern and repeat  7 or 8 times.
  10. Stop and rest.
  11. Come back once more and now alternate.  As your exhale take your tongue towards your chin and as you inhale take your tongue over your upper lip towards your nose.   Notice  when the front of your neck is long and when is it short.   Repeat 7 or 8 times.
  12. When you stop notice any changes.  How do you feel your tongue inside your neck and mouth.  How to you feel the front and back of your neck.

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when you explore the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  Becoming  consciously aware through employing sensibilities via experience and not through contrived thought patterns of creating a movement of what you think it should be,  the result is an increase in more parts joining into the patterning.  This creates a different movement that results in a higher level of safety and confidence spontaneously.


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Awareness through Movement® for the 3rd Chakra

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Solar Plexus

Located along the sternum in the area of the diaphragm between heart and belly button,  the Solar Plexus is associated with the liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine.

It is associated with new horizons, intellect, will-power, self-confidence and  fulfillment.

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The guided patterns Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase counter balance and improve the economy of movement.  The Solar Plexus is in the middle region of the torso and spine almost midway between the shoulders and pelvis.  This is the point of balancing the rocking the pelvis and shoulders and center point when rotating them in opposite directions!   This area can sometimes be locked tight which increased the tough and tight qualities of stuck tissue and inflamed muscles.  Movement, balance coördination and breathing can all be difficult.

Like diet the emotional grouping in the picture beside can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on increasing flexibility and rotation through the torso, spine, ribs while releasing the held patterns of the lower and upper back, shoulders, arms and neck.  

 

 

 

 

 

Try this example experience of 11 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1. Begin in a sitting position on firm chair.  Sit towards front of chair to free back, shoulders and pelvis.  Place hands on hips with feet flat on the floor, hip width apart.
  2. In this position begin to rock your pelvis forward and back once or twice to notice how you create this movement.  Check in to notice if you become confused at the instruction, rock your pelvis forward and back, and then the strategy of how you facilitate this action.
  3. Pause for a few breaths and then on the 3rd or 4th breath inward lift up off your diaphragm.  Synchronize the lifting with the breath inward.  As soon as you stop taking air in let yourself drop down on your diaphragm. Repeat this pattern 5 or 6 times while noticing the quality of your movement.  Can you soften it and create a more graceful action.
  4. Stop and rest creating a space between guided movement patterns.
  5. When coming back into the original sitting position begin to focus on your exhalation.  Now as you exhale drop down on your diaphragm.  Sync these movement patterns of when you exhale – drop down.  As soon as you finish exhaling come back to the starting position as you inhale.  Don’t lift up on your diaphragm, keep your focus on the one pattern of dropping down.
  6. Repeat this pattern 5 or 6 times once again creating a gentle movement to increase the quality and gracefulness of the movement action.
  7. Rest for a number of breaths.
  8. Come back now and alternate between breathing inward and lifting off your diaphragm with exhaling and dropping down onto your diaphragm.  Notice if your pelvis is a part of this movement.   What is happening with your pelvis as you breathe in and lift up?  Is it tilting in a direction or staying in place?  How about when you exhale and drop down, is it tilting in a different direction?  If not, can you release your holding pattern and allow a natural and supported flow of movement that includes your pelvis.
  9. Continue this movement pattern a number of times.  As you do begin to notice when you sense becoming long in the front and when you become short.
  10. Rest and notice where your attention goes for a few breaths.
  11. Come back into this last pattern of movement of lifting and dropping off your diaphragm as you breath in and out while letting your pelvis follow.  As you become longer and shorter in the front notice how your shoulders and head are participating.  Have you unlocked your shoulders, spine and neck to create a natural rhythm of counter balance?  Now when you inhale lifting up and lengthening your front naturally do you have a sense of becoming taller?  As you exhale and drop down onto your pelvis let your head and shoulders tilt forward in sync with your drop and pelvis going back.  Begin to counter balance these movement.

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when you explore the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  Recruiting more movement through the action of counterbalancing your rib cage and pelvis, and in rotation can be like an acupuncture treatment.  All the muscles along the spine between each vertebra is encouraged to safely begin to soften and tonify.


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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Awareness through Movement® for the 4th Chakra

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Heart Chakra

Located in the human heart region, the Heart Chakra connects and balances the upper chakras of spirit and the lower chakras of matter – meeting of spirit and body.

It is associated with the heart, thymus, circulatory and immune system.

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The guided patterns in Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase available movement and enhance ones ability to cope.  One can enjoy higher levels of tolerance by recruiting more body parts typically not used.  The  gift of these patterns are that the held patterns in ones posture can be released without necessarily having to put  stories to past conditioning.  An example of this in movement-action is in the heart region location itself.  The Heart Chakra  is located inside the right and left rib cages and along the spine.  Opening the chest to widen  the ribs and alternating movement to close and narrow them supports a healthy nervous system.  This results in a calmer and more peaceful state of being.  The stuck pattern of the ribs could be due to any manner of past emotional, mental or physical conflict or trauma however opening and closing the chest increases rib movement which supports healthy spinal movement stimulating ones nervous system.  Employing more movement in this region increases range of motion, deepens exhalation and inhalation and creates new movement habits while releasing years of constraint without having to put stories to it!

Like diet the emotional grouping in the picture beside can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on freeing up: arms, shoulders, neck, ribs, spine and pelvic movements and incorporating a more 3 dimension experience through rotation.    

 

 

Try this example experience of  7 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1. Start in a sitting position and begin to notice your breathe.  Check in to notice movement during your inhalation and exhalation cycles.  As you breath in there is potential for an expansion and as you exhale there is potential for a contraction.
  2. Let it go and begin to synchronize a pattern following your in-breath.  As you breath in begin to take your upper arms and shoulders together towards your spine.  As soon as you stop breathing in, let it go and drop your arms and shoulders back into a natural hanging at your sides.  Repeat for 8 to 9 breaths.
  3. Pause and rest for 4 or 5 breath cycles.
  4. Come back now once repeating last movement pattern and notice any changes.
  5. Now focus on your exhalation and soften your sternum and front ribs by bringing your arms and shoulders away from your spine.  Allow your upper ribs soften and sink towards your spine in the back.  Repeat 8 or 9 times following your exhalation.
  6. Pause and rest noticing any changes before coming back.
  7. When you come back to the movement pattern begin to alternate you’re in and out breathes with taking your shoulders towards and away from your spine.  Let you front ribs, sternum, neck head and pelvis take part in the movement.  Release any holding and simply notice what wants to join in.  Repeat 8 or 9 times and let it go

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when you explore the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  Movement in the area focused upon in the above steps is most commonly known as the startle reflex and typically is held firmly without any signs of resilience or flexibility.   What is the opposite of the sternum?  The spine and nervous systems.


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Pickled Eggs with Salt & Whey Brine

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com                                                                                                                                 

Hard boiled eggs in salt and whey brine with beet juice for colour! Just in time for Christmas.

This egg was in fermenting jar for 4 – 1/2 days and has perfect flavour.  The next batch will be in Turmeric which has a different colour and taste.


Equipment

  • Mason Jar
  • Fermenting Lid

Ingredients

  • Hard-boiled Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Cup of Liquid Whey (from Cream cheese recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons of Beet Juice
  • Optional:  Garlic, peppercorns, jalapeno & favorite herbs

Steps

  • Place hard-boiled eggs into mason jar to fit number of eggs you are pickling.  I used a 750 ml jar and 5 eggs.  I could have added 4 more eggs to jar.
  • Mix ingredients and pour over eggs.
  • Cover with fermenting lid and store in darkened space for 4 or more days.

Once you open the jar, place in the fridge.  Eat within two weeks.


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Awareness through Movement® for the 2nd Chakra

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Sacral Chakra

Located between pubic bone and belly button, the Sacral Chakra governs the uterus, large bowel, prostate, ovaries, and testes.

It is associated with self-respect, creativity, purity, togetherness, feminine sensuality, sexuality and manifestation.

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The guided patterns Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase ones available movement through the integration of movement patterns that may no longer be being used.  An example of this for the Sacral Chakra is the pelvic movements that one would see or experience in belly dance.  These two pictures below demonstrate one possible reason that the movements in this area may become restricted.

Like diet the emotional grouping in the picture below can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on the pelvic tilt and rotation that will expand to include movement upward through the spine and downward through the hips.  

 

All guided Awareness through Movement® Lessons, called ATM’s, would support the 2nd  Chakra as the pelvis is the power center of structural movements.  Any whole  rotational movement pattern in an ATM would be designed to increase the available counter balance potential in the body.  This would include engaging the moving parts of the pelvic region.

Try this example experience of 8 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1.  In a sitting position on a chair notice your sit bones – the bony points.
  2.  Bring yourself forward on the chair to free up your thighs and back, place feet flat on the floor and hands on things.  Now check in to your sit bones and notice if they feel differently that in step 1.
  3. Now tilt your pelvis forward a few times while noticing how you do this.  Does your back arch or stay straight?  If your back stays straight, are you leaning your torso forward to tilt your pelvis?  If so, can you tilt your pelvis forward without leaning your whole upper body forward?
  4. Pause a moment and in stopping, check in to notice if you feel your sit bones on the chair differently?
  5. Now come back and tilt your pelvis backward a few times while noticing how you do this.  Does your back stay straight while you lean you whole upper body back?  If so, can you move your pelvis back without tilting your head, shoulders and torso back?  What happens to your lower back if you initiate the movement from your pelvis without tilting?
  6. Pause a moment and notice what you feel now sitting on the chair.  Where does your attention go?
  7. Come back and alternate this tilt of your pelvis forward and backward. a number of times.  As you take your pelvis backward let your lower back round somewhat and make room to let your upper body drop down.  As you tilt your pelvis forward let your upper body lengthen and become taller.  Begin to sync your breath in with bringing your pelvis forward and release your breath as you take your pelvis backward.
  8. Pause and in resting notice what has changed.  Where is your attention going now?

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when you explore the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  In this example that brings focus to increasing movement through awareness of the experience of a fuller pelvic tilt one can increase upper and lower counter balance organically without being told how to do it which increases a fuller integration via the nervous system that isn’t available when told to do the action.

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Awareness through Movement® for the 1st Chakra

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

 

The Root Chakra  is associated with family roots, survival, motivation, groundedness, power, creativity, will power, aliveness, courage, and feelings towards ones own  physical body.

The Root Chakra encompasses the base of the spine, the pelvic floor &  first three vertebrae

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The guided patterns of Awareness through Movement® lessons can increase the internal sense of support by increasing the capacity to feel supported from the inside out.  In our culture our educational  and environmental designs have unconsciously encouraged the loss of connection with the sensory awareness of feeling ones own physical support through the lower half of ones body parts.  This loss of physical feeling of those parts,  that relate to direct action, would increase the stimulation in the brain in the area which focuses upon survival.

Like diet the emotional grouping in the picture to the side can be eased by Awareness through Movement® Lessons that focus on increasing ones awareness and available movement in the lower moving body parts in relation to the pelvis and counterbalance of upper parts.  This includes toes, feet (top & bottom), ankles, lower legs, knees, upper legs and hip joints.


 

Try this example experience of 7 steps to get in touch with your somatic awareness capabilities:

  1. In standing position shift your weight from side to side, into one foot first and then over to the other.   Repeat many times.
  2.  Pause a moment and notice if you have become more aware of your feet.
  3.  Now continue to shift your weight from side to side and bring your attention to your whole body movement.  Are you tilting your whole body left and right and back again?  if so, stop a moment and then begin again, only this time thrust your pelvis to the side instead of tilting your upper body.  Notice the weight in your feet as you thrust your pelvis from side to side.
  4. Pause a moment and notice where your attention is going.
  5. Come back a couple of times thrusting your pelvis from side to side and notice what you sense in your back, hips, legs and feet.
  6.  Now go back to your original movement of tilting from side to side.  Notice the quality in each of the two different movements.
  7.  Stop and notice your feet and legs to check in on any changes in your perception.

This is a small example of waking up to conscious awareness through movement that is available when you explore the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic experiencing.  In this example one can focus on the lower body movements the increase efficiency of counterbalancing the upper and lower moving body parts that will quiet the minds fear that arises from lack of mobility that creates a tittering effect in upright postures.

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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000