I was delighted last night when Marianne Elliott emailed me Brene's latest TED talk as part of the 30 of Courage course. If you have a spare 20 minutes, take a look yourself:
I love how Brene distinguishes between guilt (I did something bad) and shame (I am bad). Guilt can motivate us to right the things we did wrong. Shame paralysis us and prevents us from connecting with others and realising our dreams.
Brene found in her research that vulnerability is the most accurate measurement of courage. To be courageous and do the things I want to do, I need to be able to sit with my vulnerability and even (shock, horror) allow others to see it. On one hand that feels intensely scary, and on the other hand, wildly liberating.
At the end of the therapeutic yoga and mindfulness classes I teach, I almost always finish with a meditation inspired Brene Brown’s Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration Friday. We end the class by reflecting on, in this moment, what we feel grateful for, what we are inspired by, and what we’re trusting in.
Right now, in this moment, I feel inspired by Brene Brown’s TED talk.
I have immense gratitude for my son and the beautiful evening we had together, dancing like crazy in the kitchen while cooking dinner and listening to Andrea Soler.
I’m trusting that Brene is right, and vulnerability really is the way to wholehearted living.