How Can We Overcome Shame?

'If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.' - Vincent Van Gogh

Self-Acceptance

There is a power that comes from being able to accept yourself - the strengths and weaknesses, the good and the bad - that the world can't touch. No matter how everyone sees you, it isn't who you are - because who you are is unique.

'Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it.' - Michael J. Fox

We now turn the time over to Brené Brown....

Authenticity

'What is authenticity? We may not know how to define it, but we certainly know it when we see it... We cannot share ourselves with others when we see ourselves as flawed and unworthy of connection. It’s impossible to be “real” when we are ashamed of who we are or what we believe.' - Brené Brown

Vulnerability

'Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.'

'Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy - the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.'
'Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.' - Brené Brown

Empathy

Wholehearted Living

The Ten Guideposts for Wholehearted Living

1. Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think

2. Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism

3. Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness

4. Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark

5. Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty

6. Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison

7. Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth

8. Cultivating Calm and Still: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

9. Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and 'Supposed To'

10. Cultivating Laughter Song and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and 'Always in Control'

(For more information, read 'The Gifts of Imperfection' and 'Daring Greatly' by Brené Brown

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