I started writing my blog this morning thinking that I could write about vulnerability from a space where I wouldn't have to be vulnerable. After I realized how impossible that would be for me, I laughed out loud at myself. I know that when I retreat to a space inside of me where I am surrounded by walls, my mind goes blank. I disconnect from my truth. I quickly decided that it is best to stay connected with my vulnerability as I write this week's recovery blog.

I have been listening to Brené Brown a lot lately about shame and vulnerability. If you don't know who Brené Brown is, go to youtube and watch her. She is the leading expert on shame resiliency in the country. One of her famous sayings is

"Vulnerability is the birthplace of everything we hunger for."(www.own.com)

So true, and yet we are taught from a very young age, via witnessing, sensing, hearing, and experiencing, that vulnerability is a weakness. It is dangerous. We will get hurt if we are vulnerable.

We learn to fear vulnerability, and yet, regardless of how hard we try to push vulnerability away, we experience it every day. No matter how hard we try to hide it, avoid it, run screaming from it, it is a part of us. Vulnerability is an integral part of who we are.

Brené Brown explains that:"Vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, innovation, change."

How is this possible?

How is it possible that feeling so exposed and raw in the world can be a birth place of creativity, innovation, and change?

For those of you that are or ever have been in recovery from a physical illness, mental dis-ease, any addiction, a death, divorce, separation, a loss, etc, you can likely relate.

Being vulnerable takes an enormous amount of courage. It gives us a beautiful opportunity to open our hearts to something bigger.

Vulnerability is the essence of truth.

At the end of the day, being vulnerable doesn't allow us to escape into ourselves. It holds our hand while it reminds us that in our perfect imperfections we are possible. We can be, do, and have whatever we want if we open to all that we are.

This week, please remember that as you connect with your vulnerability, your courage to heal can birth something new. Remember that you are loved, you are possible, and as always





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