Stress is saving your life (Trying to overcome stress? Do this instead) – Integrally Alive Podcast

Stress is a life saver, but it becomes a problem when actin is not possible.

Is stress your enemy or your ally? Stress is usually the bad guy, something to get rid of and overcome. But in the same time I know people —and maybe that’s you too?— who will tell me that stress is their motor for action.So where’s the line? Do we get rid of stress, or do we use it? On stress, regulation, adrenaline, taking action… First and foremost, stress is an evolutionary necessity. If it wasn’t for stress, none of us would be here. We are the descendants of people who when they saw a Saber Tiger coming, felt the stress, … Read more

What to say to a friend who’s struggling (And how to ask for help if you are) – Integrally Alive Podcast

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How do you support someone who’s struggling with mental problems? We are only beginning to talk more openly about mental struggles, and there are still many, many misconceptions about it. And often it results in people with the best intentions making the situation worse, by trying to help. So here are a few do s and don’t s, so you can be there for your loved ones when they need you the most… And you can better ask for help when you need it. This article is for you if you’re struggling and want to help people around you help … Read more

From chaos to creative mess – How to stay calm and keep going in times of uncertainty – Integrally Alive Podcast

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When life gets in the way, what do you do to stay calm and keep going? To be honest, to my French brain, it always sounded a bit wrong that “life” would get in the way of anything. But yes, nowadays, with things being cancelled left and right, decisions being made, then changed, then put back on, then modified… It sure feels like something is getting in the way of life! Here is another way to look at it, and a simple guided exploration to shift your perspective and actions (Listen to the podcast, or find the extended version here … Read more

You can change today! – Integrally Alive Podcast

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If you had only 6 months left to live, what is the most important thing you would change? On change, resistance, motivation, impact… and cancer! One of the most common phrase I hear during my sessions, is:”I know I should…” We often know what we want to change, but knowing is not enough to actually do the changes. Isn’t fascinating to see how in the same situation different persons will react differently? One big reason some decide to, and do change, is that, for whatever reason, they finally see the link between their current situation, and their future situation. (Yeah, … Read more

Why you need a daily practice – Integrally Alive Podcast

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What is your practice? Do you have a yoga practice? A meditation practice? A mindfulness practice? …What else do you practice?How does that change your days? why is it important to you? On stress, mindfulness, resilience, and daily practices… In a call with friends earlier this week, we were doing a round of check in: “How are you doing?”I had (like many of us these days), quite a challenging week, with bad news every day. So I joked saying that I would be happy with just a day without bad news. But then, I had to be honest: Even with … Read more

Lonely yet not alone… How to create deep connection – Integrally Alive Podcast

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If I told you I have a trusted source of one of the most potent drugs… It’s free, without nasty side-effects, and vastly available… Would you be interested? And what if I told you that you experienced it at least once in your life, and probably multiple times… Can you guess what I’m talking about? Oxytocin! The “love hormone”, that is released every time we have meaningful interactions with living beings. Meaningful interactions? You can be surrounded by hundred people and still lack connection Being alone and being lonely are two different things.We all experienced that being surrounded by people … Read more

How owning our story sets us free – Integrally Alive Podcast

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Is there a story or a situation holding you back from being yourself? Today is all about private speaking and how owning our story, and especially our “one freaking question”, can set us free. For a long time in my life, I had a question I dreaded people would ask me, because I didn’t want to answer. So I would do my best to avoid that question to be asked in the first place. And then when eventually it would come up, I would answer indirectly. I shared in a video about this: my one freaking question (see below). Not … Read more

Can words change your life? – Integrally Alive Podcast

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This summer I was at a speaking event, and heard the story of a woman, who shared how she overcame depression and wanting to kill herself. A very brave thing to do, especially on stage; and so needed, too, because the stigma on these topics is literally killing people, who otherwise would speak up and ask for help. So when she sat back, right next to me, I turned to her and thank her for her courage, expressing that I know how difficult it can be to talk about suicide. She looked at me with surprise, and answered that she … Read more

Why you need to do what makes you come alive – Integrally Alive Podcast

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How often do you do what makes you come alive? I like to try new things. But some things are so good that I like to repeat them again and again. Like my favorite questions:”What makes you feel alive?” What makes you feel alive? If you’re familiar with the podcast, you will recognize this question: I love it so much, that I used to end every interview of season one with it. And it was beautiful to hear the answers, always different, always inspiring (so much so that I dedicated the last episode of the season to this question alone). … Read more

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

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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 … Read more

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