Posts Tagged ‘vulnerability’

Friday link roundup 4/8

The benefits of napping.

Self-Care Ideas for a Bad Day.

An artist created and installed small rooms in abandoned manhole covers in Milan to make an important statement.

Ever been told you are “too much” or “too sensitive”?  On embracing vulnerability and “muchness.”

April Love 2016:  Daily prompts for love letters for the month of April.  For more information, go here.  I’ll be posting some of my letters and art soon.



Sacred vulnerability

Whirling, 2014


There is a place, high on a mountain, where the wind blows fiercely.
They say this place is cleansing;
weary travelers on the road of life go there to release their burdens and learn new insights.
The catch to this cleansing: the wind blows away self-deceit. It exposes personal truths. If you ask a lone traveler a simple question, even a “how are you?” as she leaves the mountain, she will tell you the full answer.

This place is one of sacred vulnerability.

– from summer 2012

Friday link roundup 9/11

Mountains outside of Las Vegas, NV

Mountains outside of Las Vegas, Nevada

What to say to children with anxiety.  I find many of these suggestions to be both supportive and validating.

Books aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the migrant camps in Europe. I imagine I would want to read, too. On the Calais migrant camp library and makeshift libraries at other refugee camps.

A talk on using dance/movement therapy as part of substance abuse recovery.

Rachel S. Schneider on sensory shutdowns.

I regularly take photos of things in my day-to-day life that I find pretty or inspiring, but what if I were record the more mundane moments, too?  On the power of recording the everyday moments.

Poet Andrea Gibson’s tumblr post in honor of Suicide Prevention Day on sharing vulnerable moments and shedding shame.

On transmitting trauma:  an article from several years ago on the effect of 9/11 on the children of survivors who were pregnant during the attack.

A Snapshot: Releasing through Movement

Nia quote

A snapshot from this morning: I’m lying down on the floor in my Nia class. I have finally caught my breath after an invigorating practice. I have tears in my eyes. I feel vulnerable.

It is now one month before I begin my training for my White Belt, the first stage of training that will certify me to teach, if I wish. In any case, it will certainly deepen my experience of Nia. It is just over a year since I first walked into a Nia classroom. While I had found my roots in dance before that moment, I immediately felt like Nia was my home for movement. It has become a source of strength, fitness, community, and overall well-being.

When I cry when I dance, I don’t usually know why. I can follow my train of thoughts, but often they just lead me to an explanation based on rumination. Today, tears came with sweeping movements when I bent over, and then a chakra alignment sound exercise on the floor.

Sometimes it is challenging for me to release blocked or stuck emotions. I tend to carry emotions and experiences for quite a while, and it feels like they can build up like debris inside my psyche and my body. Sometimes when I release them, like I did this morning, I don’t realize how much I was holding onto until afterwards.

Instead of asking questions, which can feel like reaching for what I was carrying, I take a deep breath.  And I let go.

Three of my favorite TED Talks

I wanted to share several of my favorite TED talks, ones that have really resonated with me and made me exclaim, “Yes!  It’s like that!” and share with friends and family.

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.

From her talk:  “This is what I have found: to let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen; to love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee — and that’s really hard, and I can tell you as a parent, that’s excruciatingly difficult — to practice gratitude and joy in those moments of terror, when we’re wondering, ‘Can I love you this much? Can I believe in this this passionately? Can I be this fierce about this?’  just to be able to stop and, instead of catastrophizing what might happen, to say, ‘I’m just so grateful, because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.'”  – Brené Brown.

Brené Brown studies vulnerability, shame, and perfectionism.  I love how she tells stories, her own story and piece of the stories of people she engages with as part of her research.  I love how she’s willing to do her own personal work when she discovers that she’s not being as whole-hearted or vulnerable as she’d like.  I have read all of Brené Brown’s books.  I even won a giveaway on her blog once and have a signed card.  I could gush about her for quite awhile.  However, if you haven’t yet, and maybe even if you have, watch her TED talk.  It’s a great introduction to her work and the power and strength of vulnerability.

Glennon Doyle Melton, Lessons from the Mental Hospital

From her talk:  “But what I learned during that time is that sitting with the pain and the joy of being a human being, while refusing to run for any exits is the only way to become a real human being. And so these days I’m not a superhero and I’m not a perfect human being. But I am a fully human being. And I am proud of that.”  – Glennon Doyle Melton

I’ve shared several links on her from Glennon’s blog, Momastery.  I appreciate her honesty, her vulnerability, and her willingness to show up for herself and others.  I love her commitment to serve people with her whole self and heart – she seems to express who she is, imperfections and challenges and all, and lead from there.

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

And what I’m saying is that culturally, we need a much better balance. We need more of a yin and yang between these two types [introverts and extroverts). This is especially important when it comes to creativity and to productivity, because when psychologists look at the lives of the most creative people, what they find are people who are very good at exchanging ideas and advancing ideas, but who also have a serious streak of introversion in them.”  – Susan Cain

I discovered Susan Cain through her book Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.  In her book and TED talk, she boldly challenges common myths and beliefs about introverts, and advocates for a new greater understanding.  As an introvert, I really identify with what she has to say.

What TED talks or other speeches have inspired you?