Accept Our Vulnerability So We Can Be Healed

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”
― Brené BrownThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
 Brene Brown

“Take any emotion—love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what I’m going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. “But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, ‘All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment’.”
― Mitch AlbomTuesdays with Morrie

“Well, any love makes us vulnerable. Whatever we love will give the gift of pain somewhere along the road. But who would live sealed in spiritual cellophane just to keep from ever being hurt? There are a few people like that. I’m sorry for them. I think they are as good as dead.”
 Gladys Bagg TaberHarvest at Stillmeadow

Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. the new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable, i.e. open.”
― Stephen RussellBarefoot Doctor’s Guide to the Tao: A Spiritual Handbook for the Urban Warrior

“Because he could not afford to fail, he could not afford to trust.”
― Joseph EllisHis Excellency: George Washington

“Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.”
― Marty Rubin

“Sometimes we must yield control to others and accept our vulnerability so we can be healed.”
― Kathy MagliatoHealing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon
“The loner who looks fabulous is one of the most vulnerable loners of all.”
― Anneli RufusParty of One: The Loners’ Manifesto
There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.
M. Scott Peck
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  1. Sandra

     /  February 25, 2012

    On vulnerability . . . I found an e-mail in my Inbox . . . an “apology to women from men” . . . it is very incredible . . . another step in being vulnerable . . . in opening to vulnerability . . . in opening our hearts . . . Not every man can say these powerful and difficult things…but these men are saying it now and changing the “imprint” . . . This is very powerful and an opportunity for a fresh start based on equal respect between masculine and feminine. . .http://www.flickspire.com/m/IAAW/DearWoman
    Blessings
    Sandra

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