Just saying the word leaves me feeling exposed.
What does vulnerability mean and why does it have such a bad rep? Online, vulnerable is defined as “susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.”
Yet Brené Brown, trailblazer and pioneer of the vulnerability movement, says: “It’s the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for: innovation, creativity and change.”
Vulnerability leads to living a wholehearted life of compassion and connection.
In our culture of consuming, photo-editing and 'busy' as a status symbol, we've forgotten why vulnerability is such an important emotion.
Vulnerability is what makes us human. It’s the core essence of life. The part of humanity that can bring tears to your eyes because of it’s rawness and truth.
Vulnerability is letting the real and authentic you be seen. Not giving a damn what other people think (or perhaps giving a damn and still doing it anyway.)
It’s the courage to apologize. The chance to right a wrong. The bravery to change your path, to make a craft or to sing out loud. The grace to tell the truth, to open your heart, the humility to put yourself out there.
Maybe, it’s even starting a new blog like I did.
All I need to be is me.
How do I release my fear of vulnerability and my perceived need to please everyone, to not piss anyone off. Or even that old familiar rat: having to be the best… the best blogger, the best writer, the best person?
But then I still my breath and listen to my yogi voice reminding me to take care, and be honest with myself and others. And I know that these feelings of competition, scarcity and over-achievement are off base.
So, I breathe in another glorious, delicious breath and I let it all go.
I don’t need to have my shit figured out, nor do I need to become an all mighty healer or channel my inner psychiatrist.
To be vulnerable in my writing, imperfect in my wandering and open to learning and growing everyday.
“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known.” — Brené Brown
If you want to read more about how you can embrace your vulnerability, I highly suggest you check out some of Brené’s work: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
And of course, her Ted Talk:
Friends, how do you step into the power of vulnerability? Share your ways below!