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

From peak flow state into long-term balance – Integrally Alive Podcast

Life gets easier when we accept that we are humans. Not super-heroes, not super-humans... Just humans. That is already a lot.

How long can you stay in flow state? I personally don’t know, and it also depends on what activity it is linked to. But while I’ve always been interested in “flow state” anything, I’ve always had some questions… And this episode is definitely more of an open thought process than a teaching or anything like that. On flow-state, balance, open awareness and sailing… The flow state is always presented as an extra-ordinary state, like something on one hand easy to be in, but at the same time not sustainable for a long term. And often it involves being focused on … 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

Don’t cage yourself in your age – Integrally Alive Podcast

Age is just a number. And I am the one deciding what that number means for me.

What are you too old for?Where is your mind going when you read that question?Things that you feel you cannot do anymore and you kind of miss them, things that you won’t tolerate anymore in your life?We all react differently to ageing. Certain aspects feel liberating, other limiting… On ageing, birthdays, sailing and liberation… I’m always puzzled by people who explain anything they cannot do by their age.Maybe because very early on in my 20’s, when I was living on my sailing-boat, I often had sailing neighbours waaaay older than me; many people wait until they are retired and kids … 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

Wanna thrive? Balance your ecosystem! – Integrally Alive Podcast

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One thing that, if I would resolve it right now, would make everything else easier, is having a richer social life again; you know, like, kind of before covid, when you could go out and just meet and talk to people freely. I’ve got other struggles, but this one I feel really is undermining my overall energy. Can you relate? Do you have something that you feel would make things easier for everything else in my life? On too much, too little, ecosystems and balance… It is very common to identify something as a problem and when we focus on … Read more

Stuck? Use the simple is effective solution – Integrally Alive Podcast

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How simple an action is, or looks, is directly related to how quick you will implement it. On effectiveness, getting unstuck, the beauty of simple, action and habits… Years ago, when I was still training for my Body-Mind-Centering* certification, at some point we were asked to participate in an exercise, that when my teachers explained, it, I felt like:”Duh, is it really why I’m paying you hundreds of Euros a day?” Because it was so simple. It sounded just stupid and ineffective. (*Body-Mind centering is a somatic movement and touch practice) It turns out this exercise gave me a major … Read more

Is it your instinct or your intuition talking? How to listen and use it. – Integrally Alive Podcast

The more embodied you are, the closer your are to your intuition. Claire Wild

Do you ever have gut feelings, sometime? Or a tiny voice in your head, or butterflies in the tummy, or…. Whatever form it takes: How do you know it’s instinct or intuition?How do you know when it is a good idea to follow it? On instinct, intuition, gut feeling, embodiment, and broccoli latte… A lot of my coaching is towards living more intuitively. Often in my coaching sessions, and almost always if the session is around relationship to food, a statement shows up:”Oh well if I listen to my intuition I would be eating ice cream all the time.” (Replace … 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

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