What would it look like to make an impact in the world and expand your capacity to feel and experience deeper levels of intimacy? To awaken with compassion to all the parts of you – to love and accept yourself on a deeper level means to be vulnerable. The most courageous thing you and I will ever do.
When I looked up the word vulnerability, it became clear why it has prevailed as a weakness. The dictionary says vulnerability makes us open to criticism or attack. By definition, to be vulnerable is not safe, or so it would seem.
What do you think of when you think of being vulnerable? You might think of vulnerability as being flawed or weak. How do you feel when you seem weak?
Perhaps like crawling into a shell and withdrawing.
When we withdraw, it is for protection, and protection builds a wall, walls build a barrier, and barriers keep out, well, everything.
The more I began reading, the more I wanted to explore vulnerability and, the ways in which we keep ourselves safe; its implications on relationships and our place in the world. To make ourselves vulnerable opens us to the unknown. We seem to forget everything in life is unknown.
If we keep a barrier up, things stay the same, and there is no possibility for change. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we open ourselves to possibility, where anything and everything are possible.
To be vulnerable requires "trust that the universe has your back," where we are able to open ourselves to the possibility in the present moment.
Building a loving-kindness relationship with self means being able to admit our mistakes, have compassion for ourselves, and most importantly, forgive ourselves and value our imperfections.
When you are true to who you are, you can better express yourself authentically. Your relationships will reach a new level creating a wave of loving energy for everyone around you. You inspire people to feel safe and express love.
When we feel safe, we will love more deeply and expand our capacity to feel and experience deeper levels of compassion and intimacy.
Ask yourself, "What would it look like to become more vulnerable?"
In order to authentically express yourself and be vulnerable, you need to love and accept yourself on a deeper level. To build a new relationship based on who you are today, not yesterday or 5 years ago. Do things that help connect you to your natural state, whether you use meditation, prayer, being in nature, walking your dog, Yoga, music or writing. It is important to carve out a safe space where you can anchor yourself daily. When we treat ourselves with love and compassion, we readily extend the gift to others.
I invite you to take a mindful moment with me. . .
Practice being fully present in this moment as you read this.
Sit comfortably, gently close down the eyes and take 3-5 slow, full breaths in and out through the nose.
Let go of any distractions, and notice how you feel without judgment. When we allow ourselves to be with our emotions, we welcome vulnerability.
Slowly read the scripts below and allow them to support you:
I hope you enjoy this share and remember "Vulnerability is our greatest measure of courage." ~ Brene Brown