Emotional Vulnerability is an Act of Courage

Posted by in Body, Mind, Spirit, How to change your life, How to Find Happiness, Inspired Soul Heros Journey | 3 comments

One of  our greatest strengths is the capacity to be vulnerable. It takes great courage to be vulnerable, to open yourself up. That tender place of opening is at the core of our strongest emotions.

Allowing yourself to be vulnerable is the seed for profound joy, deep fear, love, and countless other emotions.  We cannot choose which emotions to feel and which to shut out. There is no switch that we flip that says yes love, no fear,we either feel the full spectrum or tone  them all down. Less fear, less uncertainty….less love, less joy too.

The video below of  Brene Brown explores the symptoms of losing the capacity for vulnerability,

  • foreboding joy
  • disappointment as a lifestyle
  • low grade disconnection
  • perfection
  • extremism

She eloquently relates how our scarcity mentality, the constant messages we receive that we are not enough,  result in numbing our emotions.  The solution simple, yet not always easy, is gratitude and honoring the ordinary. Being mindful of each moment and the experience it holds.

Enjoy the video.

I would love for you to enter below in the comments something that you’re grateful for in your life.





  1. I am grateful for all of Cathy’s emails and the opportunity to see this video at such a perfect time. Thank-you.

    • Thanks so much Arleah. I am touched and so glad the timing was perfect for you.

  2. Brene’s work just keeps getting more and more irnneestitg and enlightening. During times of struggle I remind myself that this is an opportunity for growth and that no matter what happens I will be okay. The world is not going to implode or explode. My life will not cease to exist. I do have my moment when I vent and think about the struggle(s) way too much and then I keep getting more struggle. When I get like that it usually takes something pretty upsetting for me to change my thoughts and get back into behavior and action of gratitude.I used to keep a gratitude journal and did have more joy in my life at that time. Like people who take antidepressants, feel better, and think they no longer need the drug, I thought I no longer needed to keep a gratitude journal. After reading Brene’s research finding on gratitude and joy, and reading Susan’s comments, I’m going to start my gratitude journal again. I’d like to say I always follow my intuition, but I don’t. Lately I’ve been more in tune and have been following it even when it’s completely off base. It’s the practice of following my intuition that’s important to me right now. I love Brene’s definition of intuition: It’s not a single way of knowing it’s our ability to hold space for uncertainty and our willingness to trust the many ways we’ve developed knowledge and insight, including instinct, experiences, faith and reason. This is the best definition of intuition that I’ve run across. Her definition of faith made be sigh and feel all warm and fuzzy: Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. So many people tie faith with religion and reading Brene’s definition was refreshing as I’ve always believed that everyone has faith and it does not have anything to do with religious beliefs.

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