The Art of Vulnerability
Posted on September 20 2015
"We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection." Brene Brown "Vulnerability- the capableness or susceptibility to be wounded or hurt." (dictionary.com) The mere definition is liable to trigger ones neurological fight or flight response, and rightfully so. It's only natural to be scared of getting hurt when falling in love or feeling overwhelmed by the fear of being rejected when putting yourself out there for the world to see. We've all hesitated and in some cases been debilitated by life's "what if's"... What if he or she doesn't reciprocate my feelings? What if I take a risk and fail miserably? What if I'm not smart enough, attractive enough, or good enough? It's at these very moments when doubt creeps in and courage takes a back seat, that we must remind ourselves to push through the discomfort, the uncertainty, and the possibility that the outcome may not be favorable; while embracing the potential for it to always be, in our favor! (hashtag- lesson learned) True, there is also the option of rejecting the act of vulnerability all together, and maybe such rebellion will keep us from being mistreated, misunderstood, or possibly from getting our hearts broken, but in the end, it will also deny us, any and all chances of experiencing real love, authentic connection, and our true purpose. Dr. Brene Brown, a researcher/ story teller/ author says, "Vulnerability is at the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences." I couldn't agree more!