Expectation vs Intention

An expectation ... is what you bring into the situation that is based on old experiences. It is coming from your mind. It’s what you project onto others or the situation thus limiting the possibilities you can experience. You’re putting people and circumstances into...

The two ways of letting go

When we hold on to something for a long time, it goes all the way to our core. It can pervade every cell of our being. Letting go of ideas, fixed postures and patterns is a vital element in becoming more present and having your energy available for your goals in the...

Be like Alice

What if you didn’t have an idea of who you are? What if you weren’t limited by your self-image? What if there were no fixed ways of thinking, moving, feeling? What would you do? What would you wear? Who would you talk to? How would you move on the street? Would you...

Small is beautiful … and creates change

A way to deal with overwhelm, inspired by Leopold Kohr This blog introduces Leopold Kohr and how his “small is beautiful” could be translated into my kind of body language I spent the last days in my home town of Salzburg. In a conversation, I learned about Leopold...

Setting visual anchors

Change and transformation in a person involve the dropping of old and building of new habits. It's a process of becoming aware of elements that you considered 'normal' to realizing you can change them if you pay attention and integrate a new way into your being. When...

6 steps to become present

Simple steps to become more present - with the goal to have all your abilities and skills available so you can use them as needed in daily life. Presence is not a goal in itself, it's a means to an end: self-empowered individuals in community.  1   Take a moment   2 ...

Easy is right #4: integrating ease

Integration and integrity are related. This is the week for integrating what you've learned about ease in the past weeks. As important as integrating what supports you is letting go again of what you don't need. Maybe you have had a few new ideas, but you don't need...

Easy is right #3: move with ease

Easy is still right, right?! After having learned a bit more about what ease means to you in a very physical way and identifying situations when you have it or when you miss it and would like to be able to access this quality, it’s time to bring the experience even...

Easy is right #2: Reality check

June is my month of ease. Just because. And it can be yours too. In last week's post, I wrote about the fact that you need to know how something feels to be able to create and grow it. You need a felt definition to make it real in your life. A negative definition will...

June’s Theme: Easy is right

My motto for this month is “Easy is right”. I will use the coming four weeks to invite more ease into my life. I can’t say that it doesn’t feel easy right now. I’ve been spending the last week in beautiful Spain where I attended a conference called Body Wisdom. (If...

Getting unstuck #2: stop explaining

Do you know this state of mind when something happens that you dislike. And then your mind goes off ranting about the situation and moves into explaining mode: ‘Of course, he’s always late. ’ ‘Why does it always have to be me who...’ ‘If only everyone on the team...

Respect your rhythm

 You cannot be not in flow Last week I listened to an audio by Richard Rudd (a man of many wisdoms - you can check out what he does here). And it was about moments of activity and pause, our natural rhythm. The essence I took from the piece was that it is impossible...

What would you call it?

What do you think? Is leadership just a fancier word for taking responsibility? I've been thinking on the subject of leadership for the last couple of months after I was invited to a panel on leadership. Somehow, when I try to pin down what leadership means in terms...

Strategies as crutches to living intentionally

Recently, I got some aromatherapy oils as a gift. Now, they sit on my bathroom mirror and each morning I see them when getting ready for the day. The choices I am offered are: happy, energy & focus. I take a moment and choose what my intention of the day will be. I...

Creating Simplicity by Letting Go

 “In life we acquire responsibilities, habits, possessions, relationships, needs, etc., much more readily than we discard them. This is part of the richness and enjoyment of life, but it is also part of the complexity of life.”  Edward DeBono, Simplicity Over a...

Harvesting

Autumn is harvest season. So the question arises: When we think about achieving our goals and having a good life, the focus is usually on the doing, on the active pursuit of the goal. Even if the goals are the 'right' ones and achieve them, there is one crucial...

Letting go

Letting go is not an active effort. It’s a choice. It involves a specific attitude and intention: that of agreeing to no know what will happen. Letting go opens up an opportunity for something new to happen. Letting go means embracing your embodied reality in this...

Two numbers for a successful journey

How do I structure an effective transformation process? How much do I have to deal with the uncomfortable? Those are important questions to ask. If you want to change a situation in your life, there's no way around looking under the carpet and cleaning up.. But does...

10 percent for unlearning

One number that can be helpful for anyone who wants to change a habit is the TIME MEASURE of 10     In a bodywork course, specifically the Dorn Method, I participated in recently, the very experienced and knowledgeable instructor with 25+ years of experience said that...

Reading the book of yourself

The answers come from within. You could say i'm a junkie for learning. My mind always wants to know more, understand better and figure out how everything is connected. I'm always curious, especially about how life and being human works. So I read a lot, I have a lot...

How to tell good rules from bad ones

In preparation for the one-to-one intensive on developing your own rules for success that I’m offering in a couple of weeks, I want to share with you three guidelines that you should take into account when building your own rules. Obviously I think that it’s important...

Moving with ease

FOCUS ON WHAT COMES EASY It's fascinating how much the body teaches us about having a good life. Doing something with ease has a particular elegance to it. And realizing that this is when you are at your natural best, is a delight and a gift. It shows you what kind of...

A short note from the book nerd

The books you see in the picture are the currents ones I'm reading. Some of them were added after browsing one of my favorite book stores during the holidays. Even a bit of fiction has snug into my book pile (not a common feat over the last years). I get a lot of...

40% off My Summer of Presence

The summer is still in full swing but occasionally you can already catch a glimps of the appraoching fall. If you want to add more moments of inspiration, fun and presence to the remaining summer, you can now get My Summer of Presence 40% off until August 25. You only...

Being before doing

Being is enough. Being comes before doing. Moving between being and doing is an artform. Doing can’t make up for the confidence that rests in being. You are your actions, but not only. They are a part of you, not everything. Doing too much? Get back to being so you...

The importance of non-productive time

  I’ve been working in the field of bodywork, body awareness and stress management for almost seven years now, and there is a good reason why I called my website Bodies at Work. Whether you are aware of it or not, your body is always at work. And your body is always...

Finetuning for change

Wanting change is natural. You want to move forward and grow. But how get started or take the next step? The situations we'd like to be different, are often not the easiest ones. They can be difficult or overwhelming. If you’ve worked with me before, you already know...

How to make the most of your summer

I'm sure you want to make the most of your summer. Who doesn't want to have a good time, right!? And a good summer is made up of special moments. So when your holidays start it's tempting to want too much for the time you actually have. And if you don't...

How big is your melon head?

I had an image in my head today that made me laugh. It looked kind of like the one above. If we were shapeshifters and would grow in the places where our attention and energy resides, we’d meet many watermelon heads walking down the street. Don’t you think? I love...