The V word: Talking about Vulnerability

Vulnerable. Just saying the word leaves me feeling exposed. What does it mean and why does it have such a bad rep?  Online, vulnerable is defined as “susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.” Yet Brené Brown, trailblazer and pioneer of the vulnerability movement, says “It is the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for: innovation, creativity and change.” She claims it’s the one thing that can lead to living a wholehearted life of compassion and connection. Yet, in our culture of consuming, photo-editing and ‘busy’ as a status symbol, it seems we’ve forgotten why vulnerability is such an important emotion.

Vulnerability is what makes us human. It’s the core essence of life, the nitty-gritty, the chewy parts, the part of humanity that can bring tears to your eyes because of it’s rawness and truth. Vulnerability is letting the real and authentic you be seen and not giving a damn what other people think (or perhaps giving a damn and still doing it anyway.) It’s the courage to apologize, the chance to right a wrong, the bravery to change your path, to make a craft, to sing a song, the grace to tell the truth, to open your heart, the humility to put yourself out there. Maybe, it’s even starting a new blog like I did.

I’ll be honest, I thought blogging would be a cinch because I’ve always kept a journal . But here’s what I didn’t consider: journaling is something I’ve always kept private, my musings have never been on display before and now they will be.  So I’m faced with a dilemma. How do I release my fear of vulnerability and this perceived need to please everyone, to not piss anyone off or even that old familiar rat, having to be the best: the best blogger, the best writer, the best person?

But then I still my breath and listen to my yogi voice reminding me to take care, to let it be, to be honest with myself and others, and I know that none of those feelings of competition and over-achievement are necessary. I breathe in another glorious, delicious breath (oxygen is the best addiction!) and I let it all go.  I don’t need to have my shit figured out, nor do I need to become an all mighty healer or channel my inner psychiatrist. All I need to be is me. To be vulnerable in my writing, imperfect in my wandering and open to learning and growing everyday, knowing I’m never going to know everything, nor am I expected to.

So with that, I’m putting this blog out to the universe. It’s time.

Together we can sigh, cringe, laugh and cry at this beautiful ride we call life.

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and
powerful selves to be deeply seen and known.”

— Brené Brown

If you want to read more about how you can embrace your vulnerability, I highly suggest you check out some of Brené’s work: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

And of course, her Ted Talk:

 

 

 

Namaste mes amis!

 

 

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The Yogahhh Project!

Hey everyone and welcome to my very first blog post! I’m totally diving into a new world for me. To be honest, I’ve never imagined myself as a blogger but the more I sit with it, the more it feels right.  And really, that’s the whole point of this blog: Finding what feels right. I’ve made a commitment to myself to move my body every day through yoga, exploring ALL it has to offer, knowing/ hoping that it will make me a more connected mom, wife and friend.  I’m already a lover of yoga (and a certified yoga teacher, but more on that later) but recently I seemed to have to lost my voice or my passion or maybe even my mojo for it. Then one day, it hit me (and I know, it seems like a no-brainer): I can invest in myself for at least 20 minutes a day, no matter what, and it can be something I do for me.

But as it so often goes with yoga, it awakened something in me (hallelujah!) and in a true aha moment, I knew I could share this love and my transformation with other people needing a kick in the butt, a wiggle or a giggle.  I promise to be transparent and not take myself too seriously through out this journey of yoga exploration. I’ll be honest and frank about this adventure in play, life and love.  Because that’s Yoga’s secret sauce: how the journey you take on your mat translates off it. So while I bump along during my day, being human and all that, I’ll take these lessons and blend them into my life.  I’ll share the nitty-gritty, the mess, the mistakes and of course, all the beauty with you here on the blog. So peace out my friends and Namaste.  I’ll catch up with you soon!

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This is me, not taking myself too seriously, carving out my little yoga space in my bedroom.
(I moved the mess off to the side for the pic! Lol)