Healing is mindfully feeling, with Rick Sharpe (part 2) – Integrally Alive Podcast

This is the last part of the interview, so if you missed the first part, you probably want to listen to it here.

In this episode, we go on deeper on how and why the real strength is to be vulnerable. And especially how it serves our relationships; because, surprisingly, men and women communicate differently and it takes a bit of vulnerability and willingness to meet our partner where s/he is, and improve our communication to improve our relationships.

And do you wonder how Rick went from journaling to writing a book (soon followed by another)? Yeah, I was curious too!

” There is so much substance to opening your heart up. That creates a pathway for personal growth and better mental well-being.” Rick Sharpe

On men / women communication, relationships, emotional intelligence, vulnerability, journaling…

  • Men / women way of communicating… Men need to figure things out before talking, while women talk to figure things out. [01:34]
    • The lost art of listening: So many people think they are listening while they are just waiting for the right moment to say their line.
  • Vulnerability as a strength… Sadly we often see it as a weakness. [06:35]
    • “There is so much substance to opening your heart up. That creates a pathway for personal growth and better mental well-being.” Rick Sharpe
  • Not everything works for everyone, but there is a solution for everyone. [09:14]
    • The problem with “fake positivity”.
    • How to deal with pain; not only ours, but how to help someone who is struggling.
  • No matter what you are going through, depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, all these kinds of things… You are not alone.” Rick Sharpe [14:12]
    • The importance of talking, and journaling if talking to someone isn’t an option.
  • From journaling to writing the book “The price of a heartbreak”. [17:56]
    • It is more about sharing an experience than giving advice: “The only advice I could give would be based on my experience, which has nothing to do with them.” Rick Sharpe
  • The more we share our story, the more we learn from it. [26:40]
  • The next book: collecting stories to help people move their life. [29:00]
  • The struggle on top of “mental health” issues: How do we accept the pain, when it is not visible? [32:11]
  • If stories are so important to share, how do we make sure they respect their boundaries without sharing too much, while staying authentic. [35:00]
  • What makes Rick feel alive? You’ve got to listen! 😉 [39:00]

Who is Rick Sharpe?

Rick worked as an air traffic controller for 20 years, and is a Master Life Coach and an Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness Facilitator.
He wrote a book called “The Price of Heartbreak”, inspired from what he calls his “year from hell”; that was also the beginning of a new chapter in his life, where he has learnt from experience how getting out his comfort zone was a key element of growth and becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable most days.

He developed a method called the A.U.R.A method (Acknowledge, Understand, Responsibility, Action) that helps people who struggle emotionally. Today he is committed to sharing his journey of growth with others to inspire and connect.

Where can you find Rick Sharpe

Rick’s book “The Price of Heartbreak” (Healing is mindfully feeling)

First part of the episode

Resources cited in the conversation

Project Semicolon; Your story is not over

“In literature, an author uses a semicolon to not end a sentence but to continue on. We see it as you are the author and your life is the sentence. You’re choosing to keep going.”

Amy Bleuel


Joyful Power letters