Exploring Courage and Vulnerability Workshop
Date: 10am – 4pm on 14th January 2018
Venue: 1st Wooburn Scout Hut, Watery Lane, Wooburn Green, HP10 0NE
Daring to show up and allowing ourselves to be seen is at the core of whole hearted living but this is incredibly hard to do if we believe that vulnerability is weakness.
Brene Brown defines vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure” – sounds pretty scary right?
But let’s take the experience of love – loving someone is full of uncertainty – we don’t know if they will love us back, they might be with us until the day we die or they might leave at a moment’s notice, they might die tomorrow. They could be loyal your whole life or they might betray you tomorrow. Love is uncertain, risky and we are certainly exposed to being hurt but which one of us would want a life without loving and being loved?
So while vulnerability does expose us to painful emotions, it is also the birth place of the emotions and experiences we most long for in life – love, belonging, joy, courage, hope, creativity, authenticity.
Being comfortable with our vulnerability is the path to deeper connections and greater meaning in our lives.
Often we experience vulnerability as courage in others and inadequacy in ourselves because we are afraid that our truth or what we have to offer just isn’t enough, or isn’t good enough or perhaps we fear it’s too much.
We all have these doubts, we all experience shame and our biggest critic is usually ourselves. We then assume that others will judge us in the way that our shame gremlins judge us.
So we cannot live whole heartedly, we cannot explore our vulnerability without bumping into shame.
The excellent news is that we can develop shame resiliency and the courage to ‘dare greatly’ and we will be exploring these together during the day.