I've been following Dr. Brené Brown's work for many months now, and am inspired to share her work because I believe we live in complex times, and it is important not to forget our humanity. That humanity includes shame, vulnerability, and a host of nasty things many of us spend lots of time and resources trying to push under the carpet. Out of sight, out of mind.
Following yesterday's post about accepting myself, I'm inviting you today to think about the areas where your shame gremlins show up. What do you not want to talk about? What are you trying to outsmart and avoid? What are your defense mechanisms?
Below are some illustrations of Brené's 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living. These are practices and strategies people with high shame resilience have in common. Some may apply to you, some won't, but many of the things wholehearted living encourages us to let go of have been in place, protecting us, for most our lives. Which is why wholehearted living is a process and something to do every day.
Progress, not perfection.
Feel free to right-click, download, print and pin them somewhere you'll see them every day. Or make your own and post them on my Pinterest Board, let's get a collection going. I'd love to hear about your experiences and how you try to live whole-heartedly. :-)