You don’t need superpowers to succeed – Integrally Alive Podcast

When you listen to your body before it needs to scream, life gets easier.

What superpower do you use most? On superpowers, pushing the limits, being human, performance, and somatic mind… We are taught that we need to be super at all times, to perform at our best, exponential growth, etc. And yes, this approach allows us to make things happen, and big things. But it is also imbalanced, and as much as I love it, and I actually use it myself at times. But we also have to recognize this is just one side of the story, and we often forget the other side – And when I say “we” it’s not only … Read more

I’m not stressed, but it takes me two hours to fall asleep every night – Integrally Alive Podcast

Over-thinking doesn't automatically makes you anxious, but sure does over-activates the nervous system into unrest. Good news: you can use your somatic intelligence to regulate it back into more balance.

“I’m not stressed, but it takes me two hours to fall asleep every night.”. That’s what I heard not long ago. Doesn’t it sound contradictory?And I thought I would share the conversation that followed, as this is one of the top reasons for poor sleep: falling asleep in the first place. And of course, I will share a simple process to fall asleep quicker. On stress, sleeping, and regulating the nervous system … That person was very puzzled by the contrast:”I’m not stressed, I know that. But then why does it take me so long to fall asleep?” He is … Read more

Balance: It’s not about juggling, it’s about connection – Integrally Alive Podcast

Balance is not about juggling, it is about self-regulation: creating a system where every element supports each other.

Finding balance in life is in itself a metaphor already. But a very common image we use to describe it is juggling. And I just don’t think it’s helpful. I don’t know if you ever tried to juggle, but even if you eventually master the skill, it is still a lot of effort and concentration to do it. And even the best juggler can’t go forever. Sooner or later the balls will fall, or he will need to rest. On juggling, connection, tensegrity, and balance… The main problem in this image, I think, is that all the balls compete for … Read more

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

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

A counter-intuitive way to solve problem quicker – Integrally Alive Podcast

I didn’t get him quite the result he wanted. But he got back later, to thank me.Did you ever had a quick fix that turned out to be the worst idea in the end? On problem solving, quick fixes, symptoms and self-care This was the day I got absolute confidence that slowing down is the surest way to solve problems quicker. Back when I was practising Shiatsu, I had the opportunity to work side by side with someone having an entirely different approach. She was much quicker, and began to rant about it, and some people began to look at … Read more

How to multitask efficiently – Integrally Alive Podcast

Notice how active yet relaxed your nervous system stays when you focus on just one thing.

Would you rather multitask or focus, to get things done faster? On multitasking, focus, cognitive abilities, and getting things done… Like many of you I have a to do list that’s never ending. And the other day, on top of this, I realised that one of my email addresses had a problem, and I “discovered” about 200 mails that I never saw before. Important mails. You know, from serious people, like my bank, and so on.So suddenly I had my normal to-do list and… Many other things that needed attendance like, yesterday, or even last month. I began to read … 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

Avoid Fomo by regulating your nervous system – Integrally Alive Podcast

Self-regulation begins by noticing your level of nervous excitement.

Is FOMO happening in your mind, or your body? On FOMO, nervous sytem regulation, parasympathetic vs sympathetic… Did you hear about The Embodiment Conference? OK, I might have told you about it. 😉 When we participate in such exciting events, it is easy to get our head buzzing with all the options, which all look interesting! Too many presentation to attend them all, yet all interesting. Oh, the excitement of reading the program, the joyful anticipation for the sessions… The dilemma of having to choose. Whenever we notice ourself entering this loop, we know it’s time to take a break. … Read more

Switch off thinking of the worst scenarios and rest your nervous system – Integrally Alive Podcast

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“I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” Could you be the author of this quote? I certainly could, but you probably recognized Mark Twain. This episode came from a question a while ago (before the actual Coronavirus situation) of one of my clients on the tendency we often have to think about the worst case scenarios. What can we do about it? I have a two-fold answer today: addressing it from the mind, and from the body. These last days, shopping has turned into an interesting experience. Quite everything on my list, nothing fancy, … Read more

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