Hi there. My name is Cedric.
I grew up in Southern France, dreaming of traveling the world and feeling at home everywhere. This dream led me to live in four different countries and learn to speak three languages fluently. Along the way, I made some very dear friends from all over the globe whom I could visit and whose culture I could learn about. I explored many countries and got to know a few major cities such as Paris, Copenhagen, and San Francisco inside out. Yet, something this little boy had hoped for was still missing. This sense of feeling home everywhere – I should only recently realize – is not so much about knowing the local idioms and street names. In fact, it does not require traveling at all. It starts inside.
Seven years ago, my girlfriend dragged me to a yoga class. I was rather indifferent for the first few classes, before I started to go on my own regularly. More or less at the same time, after being resistant for months, I agree to her suggestion to try couple therapy in hope of solving relationship struggles. Slowly, things started to shift inside and outside of me. I was more aware of my feelings, I listened to others more deeply and with less judgement, and I started to be more mindful of my own patterns and how I interact with the world. I also increased my yoga practice and began to read books on somatic psychology and personal growth.
That was the beginning of the most valuable “journey” I had undertaken, and it did not require a visa stamp or knowing another language. Rather, this journey is about exploring the gifts that only the present moment can offer. It is also about caring for ourselves and becoming free from outside norms and automatic self-limiting patterns. It is about healing, self-exploration, and more authentic and honest relationships. It is about becoming clear about our life purpose and enabling ourselves to get on track with it.
“Sometimes the journey is the destination.” – Catherine Bybee
I also recently had the “privilege” to test my ability to stay grounded in the present moment with an open heart in what has been the hardest time of my life. I was called to adjust my dreams and hopes, take on responsibilities I wouldn’t have imagined, stay humble, and learn from anything that crossed my path. I could not make it through that period without a daily commitment to self-care. That became the richest experience of my life, one from which I grew significantly and came closer to my true self.
This journey of intense but wonderful personal growth is a key motivation behind this blog. I want to share my experience and support people so that they can stay in balance and grow in every situation.
Whether it is a serious illness or an accident affecting you or a loved one, a heartbreaking separation, overwhelm or stress due to work, the realization that you have to make a 360-turn or earlier traumas surfacing and calling your full attention, I truly believe (and have experienced) that any challenge – whether a life-changing or a minor upset – not only makes us stronger but also can become our best teacher and lead to the most beautiful transformation.
Of course, any transformation takes time. Wherever you are, keep exploring, keep nurturing, keep playing.
Stay gentle, give yourself plenty of self-care, and – MOST IMPORTANTLY – reach out for help.
You CAN make it. Two of my favorite quotes for dealing with difficult times:
“When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something. We might realize that this is a very vulnerable and tender place, and that tenderness can go either way. We can shut down and feel resentful or we can touch in on that throbbing quality.“
– Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advices for Difficult Times
“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget the perfect offering, there is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in“
– Leonard Cohen (from Rumi: The Wound is the Place where the Light Enters You)
It is an honor to tag along part of your journey via this blog. May your find balance, wisdom, and the path that best fulfills you.
I love bringing mindfulness and awareness in all what I do and think about throughout my day. My heart-felt aspiration is to help others grow, reveal their full potential, and stay in balance.
I work as a coach and help people outgrow creative and mental blocks and reveal their full potential, in life and at work. See more at www.heartwiseconsulting.com.
I also teach yoga (www.heartwiseyoga.com) and has a former carreer as a consultant and applied researcher in social sciences.
I currently live in Copenhagen, Denmark, but love traveling. I also lived in the UK, California and grew up in Southern France.