Jade Plants (Crassula argentea)

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


Also known as: lucky plant, money plant or money tree

  • Symbolizes:  prosperity, success, motivation to start new projects, harmony, health, luck, creativity, friendship
  • Element:  Water
  • Uses:  Remedy, Topical Skin Products
  • Parts used:  Flowers, Leaves & Root
  • Preparation: Tea, Topical Skin Remedy

The Jade Plant is native to South Africa and Mozambique.  This succulent plant with small pink or white flowers has become a symbol for friendship and abundance in Asian philosophies and being adopted in the West.  Giving a  Jade plant as a gift reflects friendship and if in bloom, a  great friendship making it a popular birthdays and Christmas gift. The green leaves signify energy and the joy of friendship, and the flowers represent the fragrance of great friendship.

In the Northern regions the Jade plant blooms at Christmas with small white flowers that are beautiful and fragrant.  A flowering Jade plant reflects luck and prosperity.

In their Feng Shui traditions the placement of a Jade plant would be in these following ways:

  • Business owners – placed near the entrance, or in a southeast location to bring prosperity and success. During the Chinese New Year celebrations, Jade Plants are set on top of stock and investment certificates so they will increase in value during the coming year.
  • Homes – east locations for family harmony, health, initiation of projects, scholarly pursuits; in southeast locations for wealth luck; in west locations for creativity or children luck; and in northwest locations for the luck of mentors, teachers and helpful people.
Here in the West the Jade plant has become known as a great plant for the interior environment as an air cleaner.  It is an easy plant to care for and can be left for long periods without concern.  As a succulent it stores water.  It is recommended that it dry out between watering and then be given a good soak.

Jade Plant

I became the steward of three large jade plants that had been left in a vacant home for and unknown period of time.  A few years I imagine based on the condition of the house.  These Jade plants had been left in their small 4 inch pots quite possibly for 15 to 20 years.  The wood on the plant suggests that they where not young ones.  Once replanted into large pots they took some time to recover and during this transition roots began to grow from the branches.  Some of the branches with roots fell and either re-potted themselves at the base of the trunk or where easily transplanted.  I have not has this ease in transplanting Jade shoots  in the past.  These Jades then began to bloom in the late fall which I had also not experienced in past years.
These big Jade are still recovering and are not filled out with leaves, however they have started many healthy and fast growing plants.
These are easy plants to care for and have success with.

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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

Staghorn Fern Garden Art

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

The Staghorn fern mounted in a wooden bowl is a housewarming gift for my son.  As soon as I held the Staghorn inside the bowl I knew it would be stunning.  It is!

This has been a fun way of creating with plants that is unique.  These ferns are native to southern regions of Mexico and they hang from the trees.  Similar to air plants n that they can grow without rooting into soil.  They have two types of leaves; a basil leaf and Staghorn leaves.  The basil leaf will grow over the root and attach the plant to the tree.  Read more on planting and enjoying Staghorn Ferns.

In the next set of pictures, these Staghorn Ferns have been combined with Succulents, Sedum, Barren Strawberries, Wandering Jew and Moss to create a hanging basket.  In the Greater Victoria Regions these baskets can be hung outside in Spring through to Fall except on colder days and evenings.  The Staghorn Fern does not like full sun and would do best in shaded areas.

  • Succulents (Sedum) symbolize enduring and timeless love, money and wealth, and peace and tranquility
  • Ferns symbolize eternal youth, good luck for new love, new beginnings and life, family and hope for future generations, and humility and sincerity

Each of these plants are more than house and garden features.  They can be used in remedies and teas for those interested in engaging in integrating a eco-lifestyle for health and well-being.  Read more on different plants at Flower Plants Page.  

 


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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

Fall Landscaping: Nurturing Nature Naturally is giving & receiving

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

This year has been phenomenal for warmer sunny days that has let me squeeze in gathering fall leaves from the nearby park.   The local city crew came by late last week and gathered the leaves into a pile yet did not come to haul them away.  This allowed time to get out there and pack down a layer of those leaves onto the front bed to increase moisture in the seasons to come.  This is the front bed that I just wrote about in Fall Landscaping: Seed Planning for coming 2019 seasons.  After writing it and just before piling the leaves on I was able to cut back the Saint Johns Wort and transplant the lilac.  Still considering what plantings to add to balance out the virtue qualities of all the existing plantings!

 

 

 

 

My personal philosophy is that the leaves that fall from these near by trees are a part of the cycle of nature that would increase the humus of the soil directly beneath them if left alone and not hauled away.  These are working trees providing this community with benefits throughout the year from increased air quality to blocking the hot sun in summer.  They are doing their part and gathering up their leaves  and keeping them near to their source is actually a tribute to them.  I believe they contribute to my garden with the bounty they deliver literally to my door step and by recognizing it as a bounty and not an inconvenience I am contributing back and connecting via an unspoken language of respect and appreciation.    Saving the planet and our environment begins when recognizing those moments of going to source and creating an actual working understanding of the opportunities versus going to Canadian Tire and bringing it home in a plastic bag.  It’s like buying a plastic bottle of water that later we discover is actually city water from taps being sold for convenience.  True convenience would be going to the sink and filling up a recycled glass bottle or thermos.  It’s time to shift a cultural habit that we were unwitting taught without our knowledge.

To see a preview of a documentary on a scientific study of the Intelligence of Trees go to link.

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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

Reflecting on how ‘gardens can mirror relationship qualities’ & hint at lifestyles

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

In the picture gallery below you will see images of the front garden at the time of moving into this rental house and then after a few years.  The landscape of the front garden was ignored before we took over the lease and at first we continued to ignore it while adjusting to our move and while getting set up.  The front bed had been seeded in grass yet it was hard to tell with weed that made it difficult to cut.

In the picture with the lawn it is visually barren and the house looks like it has been set down on the land without any foundation.   In the other photos the eye is drawn to the garden versus the house and the visual message is that the house is grounded.   The other difference is the two messages of scarcity and abundance.

Homes and landscaping tell a story of the occupants.  Like the  neighbours  just down the road who park a camper and a boat on their front lawn.  The yard is very well maintained yet the stories of these two front yards are different.   That one tells a story of convenience with little connection to the plants growing in the garden.  The amenities are kept up with the walkway and grass  maintained however the garden plants and flowering shrubs are disappearing.  As the couple age into retirement the story I tell myself is that it is  a  need for convenience to travel or for adventure whereas because mine is not for convenience.  It is a focus of attention integrating into my whole lifestyle and a resource.  For me, this reflects a relationship and engagement with ones lifestyle.

In the barren landscape of the house as we first moved in before it was our home, relationships with the neighbours reflected disconnection, scarcity, suspicion and judgement,  As the ground was became richer with compost and love it so did relationships.  They matured into a healthier observance as those judgments and criticisms turned into honest and value based conversations.  The biggest difference in living experience has been the shift in privacy the little garden bed provides.  Gone is the exposure.  Previously the house and windows were exposed.  Now it is not the first thing one sees.  Just before this article I began to consider how to move forward with this bed for the coming seasons.  This meant looking at what it reflected now and what how changes could be made to correct any influence.  In doing so I noticed what is planted reflects virtues and values and that many focus on loving relationships which explains why one neighbour may be becoming too friendly.  I may what to add some active representations of fire and air elements in plantings as this bed reflects relationships in the community and not that of an intimate nature.    Stay tuned!

Homes and gardens have stories!  What seeds do you plan to sow in the coming year?  Read more on how this garden reflects the value qualities that I integrate using Nonviolent Communication.

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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

Fall Landscaping: Seed Planning for coming 2019 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
    • tree of offering, generosity, balance, promise & practicality
  • 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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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.


For more information on #yyj Feldenkrais® opportunities visit

Renee’s business webpages @ Inside Awareness

Renee has been sharing Feldenkrais® professionally since 2007 through personal session called Functional Integration® and in group workshops called Awareness through Movement® Lessons.

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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