This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to see Brené Brown talking live about The Power of Being Enough. She was extremely funny, engaging and as authentic as they come! Her work allows us to be ourselves and ‘live with more meaning through vulnerability’.
The event was organised through an organisation called The Wake Up Project; a community of 15,000+ people celebrating kindness and wisdom in modern life.
Here are my top 15 Brené Brown takeaways
– Authenticity is a practice.
– We can choose courage or comfort, we can’t choose both.
– We cannot live in the light without walking through the darkness.
– Shame needs three things to grow: secrecy, silence, and judgment.
– Our willingness to be wholehearted is as great as our willingness to be broken hearted.
– Vulnerability is the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for—joy, faith, love, spirituality
– Unused creativity metastasizes into grief, rage and unhappiness.
– We desperately try to fit in and when there is no connection, we go away from the encounter feeling shame. Just turn up and be seen. Don’t shrink, don’t puff up, just be yourself.
– Always choose belonging over fitting in.
– We are wired in the brain to believe what we see. We file images away and when we are feeling vulnerable, we use these images to beat ourselves to the punch in the hope that it will prepare us for the worst. Nothing will prepare us for tragedy and suffering. We need to soften into joy and love. Wholehearted people have these moments too but instead of dress-rehearsing tragedy, they practise gratitude.
– It’s about owning our story. We don’t need to hustle for our worthiness.
– Hope is the ability to plan it, be it.
– In the absence of love and belonging, is always suffering.
– We are living in scarcity. If we want change, choose gratitude and joy over scarcity.
– The wholehearted practise gratitude. Do tangible things; keep a journal or a gratitude jar
If you haven’t seen it already, check out Brené Brown’s TED talk on the power of vulnerability – it has been viewed by over ten million people world-wide.
Sydney counsellor, life-coach and psychotherapist Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. She has a private counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches.