I have learned many things along my wellness journey. One of those things is how important vulnerability is. Brene’ Brown has been a big influence for me on this. My own experience is that by allowing myself to be vulnerable, the doors have opened.
Before I move forward, let me define the word vulnerable; from the Cambridge English dictionary “able to be easily physically, emotionally, or mentally hurt, influenced, or attacked”
One of these doors was to my authentic self. I recognized that even though I am a survivor, resilient, strong and capable, I am also very fragile, sometimes afraid and unsure of myself. My little self is still healing, so there is hurt there, both real and imagined. As I have explored my vulnerabilities, those fragile and tender wounded areas, I have learned more and more about myself, and hence moved the healing process forward in leaps and bounds. What we do not look at we cannot heal.
Another door, maybe a door beyond a door, was acceptance. Once I started really looking at my fragile wounded self I was able to start accepting that it is all a part of me. It has helped me to be the woman that I am today. Matt Kahn was a big influence for me on that one. Through listening to some of his videos and podcasts I started to love those wounded areas, those fragile tender parts of myself that I had gotten brave enough to look at and try to understand and embrace. I had been working on self-love for a while. Part of what helped me get to the point of unconditional self-love was accepting the vulnerabilities within me. Recognizing that I am a human being and accepting that I am not perfect. I will never be perfect, and that is OK. It is about the journey not the destination. And what a glorious journey it can be when we are open and real, vulnerable and accepting.
In the definition it talks about being able to be hurt. As I have practiced unconditioned self-love I have understood more about things not happening TO me as much as THROUGH me or FOR me. At first that lesson was a bit challenging, I had a victim mentality. I had been an abused child who felt abandoned. I was able to learn about the stories we tell, the stories we accept as truth and how to shift them into a place of strength and healing. I was able to learn about boundaries and that they are not to keep others “out”, but to allow our self, little or otherwise, to feel safe.
By being vulnerable I have been brave, I have and continue to face the challenges of daily life.