In the past, when I would hear the word vulnerability I automatically would have thought of imperfection or a loss of power, a sign of weakness. But then a dear friend suggested watching a Ted Talk by Brené Brown (you can watch it below) regarding vulnerability, shame, and guilt, and that changed everything. The video really had a lasting impact on me and after having a conversation with my sister I felt propelled to write on this topic.
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. ~ Brené Brown
For many of us, it’s hard to admit we have these emotions. And to come to terms with these feelings seems even harder.
Sitting with Vulnerability
“Owning your story is the bravest thing you will ever do.” ~ Brené Brown
For the longest time, I thought being vulnerable was something to be ashamed of. It had negative connotations and no room in my life. If I was in a vulnerable state that I was not being spiritual and I could not let that happen now—Was I ever wrong!
Sitting with Vulnerability is being authentic, really honoring how and why you feel a certain way. If I admitted to being vulnerable, it meant that everyone would know I get insecure and a not Miss Positivity. It was as if I was masking my true-self and was too afraid to explore what was really going on internally.
I was more concerned about what would people say and think.
The most important lesson I have learned is that it’s perfectly normal to feel these deep-rooted emotions. Its a healing to allow them to surface, understand them and move forward one step at a time.
I now know that there is nothing wrong with being vulnerable. It’s acceptance of what is happening in our present circumstances. Being vulnerable is a gateway to more. It means you are human. And as Maya Angelou so beautifully said it,
“I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me.’ That’s one thing I’m learning.” ~ Maya Angelou
Dare to Show Your Vulnerability
There will be times of fear, anguish, and challenges, however, once we admit to those feelings is when the dust settles. It will be scary and sometimes you will have to face the darkness you so want to avoid. Once we are open to being vulnerable balance is restored. A gleaming light will be exposed, your soul is lighter and you are ready to transcend.
It is empowering to move forward after one understands what they are experiencing.
Sitting with vulnerability is not a setback but a triumph that you are growing – sowing the seeds you have planted and searching for all that you deserve.
My dear souls, dare to be vulnerable and know that life is a process. You are evolving into the person you are meant to be. You are a masterpiece, Osho’s quote exemplifies this so well,
“Drop the idea of becoming someone because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.”
You are unfolding into the grandest version of you!
What I have learned, is that even though I have vulnerable points in life, it’s about seeing this a time of inner reflection and rebirth. It comes back to self-love and self-care!
Loving oneself is the necessary ingredient to changing your circumstances and creating a chain reaction of blessings that are right at your doorstep.
You haven’t yet opened your heart fully, to life, to each moment. The peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability--to the world, to life, and to the Presence you felt. All along I’ve shown you by example that a warrior’s life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior’s sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death. ~ Dan Millman
What about you? Do you believe that sitting with vulnerability is a setback or a step forward? You can share your comment below 🙂