'The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I'm willing to show you. In you, it's courage and daring. In me, it's weakness' Brene Brown
The meaning of vulnerability
To be vulnerable means to share your innermost feelings or celebrating your successes without fear of rejection or criticism turning a positive human connective experience into a hugely daunting task.
In her book, 'Daring Greatly', Brene Brown defines vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” She goes on to state that vulnerability is at the core of shame, fear, and the struggle for worthiness, and it is the birthplace of joy, creativity and belonging.
To truly let go in our creativity, to allow our hearts open to the light of joy, and to authentically connect with ourselves and each other, we can only do so through vulnerability, but so often fear gets in the way of this liberated state of being, encasing us in clouds of shame and thoughts about not being ‘good enough’.
To give ourselves permission to be vulnerable, we must learn to embrace our feelings of shame, fear and low self-worth, and choose to dare greatly to love ourselves and so allow ourselves to be present in our true and full expression.
Where is vulnerability showing up in your life?
The Power of Vulnerability
Obstacles to vulnerability
What Vulnerability is not
Although a popular belief and misconception, vulnerability is not weak. To choose to open up and share how we are thinking and feeling, to ask for our needs and wants comes with exposure, and with exposure, potential for judgement, critics, rejection and abandonment. Vulnerability is not weak, it is a choice of strength.
Embrace your Vulnerability
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