We are being invited to live a life that is authentic, vulnerable, and connected. This is not always easy. It can feel very uncomfortable or even unsettling to show up to life in this way.
Some of us may have a harder time with this than others. This may be especially challenging for those of us who grew up in a family that did not create a safe emotional space to express our thoughts and feelings.
We can begin to create our own safety by cultivating self-compassion and self-awareness. This means treating ourselves with kindness and understanding, even when we make mistakes or struggle with difficult emotions.
When it comes to sharing our vulnerability with people who have not created a safe space for us, it's important to set boundaries and protect our emotional well-being.
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, allowing your body to relax.
Bring to mind a situation or relationship in your life where you would like to practice living wholeheartedly. Become aware of a situation or relationship in your life where you feel like you're holding back or not showing up fully. This could be a conversation you need to have, a difficult emotion you have been experiencing, or a goal you're working toward.
Just begin to notice any physical sensations in your body, mind or emotions. Allow yourself to feel whatever arises, without judgment or resistance.
Imagine yourself approaching this situation or relationship with an open heart and a willingness to be vulnerable. Visualize yourself speaking from the heart, listening with empathy, and responding with bravery and courage.
Repeat the following affirmations:
"I am worthy of love and belonging, just as I am"
"I am willing to be vulnerable and authentic in my relationships"
"I honor my own needs and boundaries, while also showing compassion to others"
Now take a few more deep breaths and allow yourself to rest in this sense of wholeness and authenticity. When you're ready, slowly open your eyes and return to the present moment
This blog post inspired by a quote from Brené Brown in her book, Daring Greatly
"Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It's going to bed at night thinking, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging"