The Whole Person Blog: Week Eight, Day One, Part 1/2 - Wholehearted Living
Sunday, February 16th, 2020
Brene Brown is, in Seth Godin's terms, a true, Ruckus Maker. She's taken the world by storm in June of 2010, when she recorded The Power of Vulnerability, with over 46 million views. She started what was seemingly a very sorely needed conversation around the topics of shame and vulnerability; one most wouldn't dare to touch with a ten-foot pole. December 8th, 2014, was a magical day for me, it was the first time I saw her TED talk, and for the first time in my life, I felt as if I was permitted to fully and unapologetically be myself. So powerful and so grateful!
"Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It's going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I'm also brave and worthy of love and belonging."
What Brene calls wholehearted living, I call treating yourself as A Whole Person: MindBodySpirit®. To me, that means recognizing all human life is assigned a positive value, and the very breath we breathe is a dynamic expression of our YESness. Our goodness is inherent in our BEING and has nothing to do with DOING, something our culture has forgotten (American Dream). Think back to when you were an infant, you need not do a thing more than breathe to be admired, adored, and appreciated. While our responsibilities remarkably expand from infancy, the litmus test of our significance is precisely the same.
"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it." Brene Brown