Embrace your Vulnerability To Move Towards Greater Compassion
I’m in the midst of reading a great book right now, which has given me many different inspirations to pass on. When I find a good book (especially a non-reference book, which is rare for me these days), it always makes me realize that I need to take more time to just read stories, as there is so much to be learned. We hear about compassion all the time – compassion for others, as well as self-compassion. I personally know that it’s easier said than done, and that authentically showing compassion takes daily practice. Think about compassion as it relates to your own vulnerability. It’s often difficult to show our vulnerability – due to our own ego, others’ perceptions, fear of getting hurt, fear of failure, the list goes on. If you let go of the ego, most of those other things that emanate as fear will also fall by the wayside and you will get a glimpse of your soul speaking to you through that vulnerability. Maybe it’s time to try something new, ask that friend for help, apologize and let go of resentment to heal a relationship, take a financial risk in support of a dream.
How To Open Up Your Vulnerability….
Back to the easier said than done part….I thought I’d share some content from The Anatomy of a Calling, by Dr. Lissa Rankin
“When you realize that every man and woman on this planet are likely holding something heavy in their heart right now – some loss, some grief, some disappointment, some wound – it becomes easier to open up. Your vulnerability can be your greatest strength. It lies in the willingness to lean into joy, sorrow, anger and any other emotion that arises as you walk your path. Feeling empathy, compassion, and tenderness for yourself and those you meet on your journey is a blessing to nurture. Just embrace experiencing and expressing your feelings without judging others or indulging in self-pity as you move through the human challenges on this earth – as long as you’re not afraid to feel what you feel and keep your heart open to what others may be feeling or experiencing, you will bless this world.”
“As Plato said, ‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle’. Take these words as a reminder to be gentle with one another. The woman in front of you at the store just lost her mom to a 9 yr battle with cancer. Your boss just found out his wife is having an affair. The mom who as just rude at school just found out her daughter has a brain tumor. The barista who has been schlepping espresso to find her dream job just got the news that the book she spent 3 years writing just got rejected by yet another publisher. The little boy acting out at the restaurant just found out Daddy is going to Iraq….The list goes on. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. ~ Dr. Lissa Rankin
~ Written by Amy Mazeski