Welcome to the Bold as Love podcast! The podcast all about Liberation from our past through education, embodiment & awareness.

Hey mama, I’m Karine, your host of the (weekly) Bold as Love podcast. I’m a somatic educator, embodiment specialist, researcher, anthropologist, contemplative practices practitioner and teacher, and most of all I love to share ideas that help others realize just how much power they actually have to shape their own lives. And I hope you’ll find something empowering and perspective-shifting in these episodes for you!

This pod has been a long time in the making, I have to tell you. Maybe 43 years? Seriously, though, this is a podcast with a mission at heart to speak straight to the hearts of women and mothers who are curious and open and interested in new ideas and perspectives on motherhood and parenting.

If I manage to help another woman wake up just a little bit more to her own life, then I’m thankful.

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The Wisdom in our Boredom

The Wisdom in our Boredom

How ok are you with the experience of boredom - yours or your kids?  Or do you have a knee-jerk reaction to get out of it as quickly as possible? We have a rule in our house that it's good to be bored, but I don't know many adults who are ok with boredom. Indeed, boredom can drive us from the present moment fast, and into distractions and addictions to distraction just so we don't have to feel the discomfort that boredom brings.  But beyond the discomfort of boredom - when we bring mindful inquiry to it - is often creativity, insight and healing.  We have an invitation in boredom to shift our relationship to those moments from boredom as a problem to boredom as a portal.  

The Power of Play (Play & Conflict)

The Power of Play (Play & Conflict)

Would you associate conflict resolution with play? I asked my little boy last week if he wanted to fight me. We were both ramped up and annoyed, and talking wasn’t helping, so I invited him to rumble.  Sometimes we overthink things and we talk too much. Part of living too much from in a disconnected brain and body is that we deny natural human animal instincts we have that are truly resources for us if we let them be.  Like healthy aggression and play. Impulses we have to express the sympathetic charge we have (and the energy of it in our bodies) with others within the context of safety.  

Mother Loyal (and the voice we internalize)

Mother Loyal (and the voice we internalize)

Years ago, I was introduced to an idea that completely shifted the way I related to some of my thinking and deeply held beliefs, especially those thoughts that kept me mired in self-aggressive thinking.  It's the idea that we can internalize a voice as children that we can carry throughout life, never realizing how this "voice" is shaping how we think and feel and behave.  We may have lived with this voice for so long, we simply mistake it for our own. This episode explores how and why certain ideas get internalized by us to become our thoughts and beliefs in the first place, and the important role they played for us as children (i.e. strategies!)...but why we also want to start thinking more critically about them now.   

On Presence (and our absence from it)

On Presence (and our absence from it)

A mama on a course of mine once expressed her utter heartbreak at the realization she had that, even in moments she'd reserved for her kids, she struggled to truly be present with and enjoy them.  Her overwhelm and her busy body and mind kept her from being fully there with them; even as they wanted to connect.  And there's a genuine sadness that comes with that experience. What we also miss in our disconnection from the present is the ability to "rejoice" in our kids.  How present or not we are will influence how our kids experience "being parented" by us.  Feeling unsafe in our bodies, contributes to this experience of being locked in the world of thoughts (so much so that we don't realize it's a product of this feeling - and a contributor to it!).  Our lack of presence can feel like "life passing us by", or as if we're living life from behind a veil, unable to make contact with our lives right here.  The roots of so much dis-ease and discontent lies in all the ways we can't be here. Right now.  

How and Why We Struggle to Receive

How and Why We Struggle to Receive

Why do we struggle so much sometimes to receive?  To receive compliments, to receive kindness, to receive love, or to receive help when we need it?  The topic of reception is an important one, because our inability to receive contributes to an imbalance that cuts us off from the constant flow and exchange of energy that takes place when there's a true balance between giving and receiving.  But women and mothers I know can be so challenged in their ability to receive - and they've developed ways to block it, sabotage it or even distrust it.  What is your relationship like to receiving and how can we learn to embrace the act of receiving? Let's explore this together in today's episode!

The Alchemy We Perform (A Childbirth Story)

The Alchemy We Perform (A Childbirth Story)

In today’s episode, I’m sharing a childbirth story with you. I had a lot of fun last week exploring our personal journey through the lens of the (archetypal) story of Harry Potter. But this week I wanted to share a story about what it looks like to meet (with mindfulness and with intention) the momentum of the stories we tell ourselves about how an experience should or could be. And how this confrontation opens up new paths. Coming back to the body, and experiencing a moment from there, we come out of the concepts (labels, judgments & beliefs) we hold and that shape our perception of an experience, and this has the power to open us up to NEW experiences we didn’t know were possible. The story of my daughter’s birth epitomizes this well - and it was the story I shared on a Tedx stage almost a year ago.

A Harry Potter Story (and what you don't know until you're ready...)

A Harry Potter Story (and what you don't know until you're ready...)

You are magic - did you know that? You have the power of influence by way of "mysterious" forces (i.e. things that aren't easily measured). But what I really mean to say is that you're a creator. And you have powers - superpowers, even - that can shape your experience of your life and this world if you only knew that about yourself. Not unlike one of literature's favorite protagonists, Harry Potter, whose own essence - like yours - was hidden from him. But here's what's important to note - the ignorance and fear that keeps us locked underneath the stairs? It also had an important part to play in our story. Find out more in the podcast this week as I relate our journey to the story of Harry Potter.

Healing through the Body (Part II)

Healing through the Body (Part II)

Description…We talk more about the KEY to our healing through the body, and how and why we can struggle to do this. Our disconnection from the body is often experienced like a foreign land that's host to a lot of experiences we've learned to fear.  Because if they felt "too big" then, they often feel "too big" now. Like the sensations that come with strong emotions or unpleasant feelings.  We can come to fear these parts of ourselves that have become disconnected from the whole of who we are, and in their separation they exist in the shadows; and from there they can feel like monsters.  But they're not; they're a part of us, and the important work we need to do is to start to integrate these experiences again back into our present moment experience. 

Until we find true refuge in the body, we'll struggle to control our lives and the people in them to feel better. And in that mode, we'll always struggle.  Our disconnection from the body is individual, but it's also cultural. I also explore this notion in the episode.