Thursday, October 25, 2012

The First Step to Sustainability is Vulnerability

In so many ways and on so many different levels, to begin a quest to a sustainable world and a healthy human ecology, or even better--to begin our first step as a healthy human being, we must first begin with the difficult task of giving wholeheartedly to vulnerability:

In the beginning, people think vulnerability will make you weak, but it does the opposite. It shows you're strong enough to care.        -- Victoria Pratt

Brené Brown is a story teller researcher--a magic pixi. She is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions: How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

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