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Before I began planning my own practice, helping others connect to their creativity and inner light. Before I started on a daily and lifelong journey of personal development, sharing my own journey of vulnerability and shame. Before I took ownership of the path I was on and the choices I made...
It was nearly 8 years ago of my breakdown which I now recognize as the start of, as shame and vulnerability researcher, story teller, and author Brené Brown calls it, a "spiritual awakening" . I don't need to take you through the messy details, but once I reached bottom, I finally reached out for help. It was the beginning of a very deep unraveling of many of the long held beliefs about myself I had built stories around as "truth." Getting to be vulnerable and connected during therapy to some pretty terrific people in a safe way was a terrific start. But it was not for a few years that I began to have confidence and hope that I could make a difference in my life long-term. Although I did not know it when I started, that self-care was one to be more wholehearted.
After a few years of regular personal development, self-care, and reflection, I recently got to listen to some of Brené Brown's books. If you don't know who she is, check out her TED talk online on vulnerability. It was powerful to me and I still go back to it. In her book "The Gifts of Imperfection" Brené shares how her research on shame and vulnerability led her on her own journey of rediscovery of how to live, love, and parent in an authentic way - to be more wholehearted.
My drive is to help people that may feel stuck like I did before I had the confidence to take better care of myself regularly. It is at the heart of why I started my own wellness practice. I've been searching for words that might help those struggling to search for their own worthiness. Words that I might share with my struggling self a few years ago that was afraid of the darkness I was looking at. The dark cloud was suffocating me at times. I found some great advice for me and my old self from Brené Brown in "The Gifts of Imperfection":
"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."
I would be curious your own thoughts on advice you would give yourself during dark times, or how you are working through improving your every day living - being brave with authenticity and vulnerability. Comment below, or send me an email. I'd love to hear your story of wholeheartedness.
With love and light,
Massage Therapist, Health Coach, Personal Development junkie.
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