The Power of Vulnerability
The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ~ Rumi
Rumi’s quote reminds me that vulnerability is often a gateway for intimacy, both with myself and others. I was talking to a friend at Unity recently and she mentioned how much see enjoyed my post on Bitter Medicine. She appreciated my willingness to be open and vulnerable. I believe that as we more fully embrace our dark, ordinary and even wounded aspects, we also find more of the true beauty, light and depth that we yearn for.
I encourage you to be vulnerable with your self, your family, friends and co-workers. You might be surprised by what hidden gems you uncover.
Here is more photography from Andrew Kilgore, whom I’ve mentioned before. Andrew’s photography really speaks to my heart, encouraging me to open myself to compassion for others. He has spent his photography career being a champion of the down trodden. Andrew helped pioneer advocacy art where art is used to help promote certain causes. His work aims to help us see and understand those we might tend to overlook in our culture. To connect with his photography, I have to be vulnerable like many of his subjects.
Photo by Andrew Kilgore from his Lens to the Soul documentary.
Brené Brown is another advocate of vulnerability. She makes a good case that vulnerability is the key ingredient to having a fulfilling life. According to Brené, it is only when we are willing to be vulnerable that we can find our true self. She also encourages us to face and heal our shame and difficult feelings. As Brené reminds us, we can either face our difficult feelings or numb them. Unfortunately, when we choose to numb them, we also numb the positive feelings. Willingness to be vulnerable is the doorway to creating better connections, intimacy, love and belonging.
Here is Brené’s TED Talk on vulnerability.
As I’ve faced my losses and painful feelings this year, I’ve grown in compassion, understanding and ultimately a growing sense of peace. I realize that no matter what, I will be OK. My essential self is not affected by the play of thoughts, feelings and circumstances through my life. Each new challenge is simply an opportunity for more love and understanding. A chance to dig deeper into the well of being, find my core aliveness and remember that at the level of soul, all is well.
I sincerely appreciate my friends and fellow bloggers who have shown me so much love and support this year as I journeyed into the pain. Thank You Lorrie, Trini, Frederic, Julie, Amanda, Angelina, Eric, Hariod, Shauna, Iana, Annette, Cynthia and many more.