3 Lessons about the Strength of Vulnerability

“There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community”- M. Scott Peck

Vulnerability is our fundamental connection to mindfulness. Through vulnerability we find the courage to explore, create, be seen for who we are, and follow our hearts. Insulating ourselves from our greatest strength only denies all our innate gifts, talents, and love. Living life beneath a protective shell locks us out of life’s inherent beauty; one that is found in openness, taking chances, and immersing into an entire way of being full of experience. When we expose ourselves through an enhanced awareness of our fragility and deep truth we touch back to underpinning essence of life. Everything involves some kind of risk. Without a certain level of risk, there can be little or no reward. Breaking out of our own falsity and denial inspires a new perspective, breathing into life what we wish to have returned to us. Here are 3 lessons on the strength of vulnerability to help you become more content in life.

1. Dropping the mask

We wear a mask that disguises just how fragile we are. So often we mistake vulnerability as a weakness when it presents a lot of opportunities for strength. When we unreservedly stop hiding from whom and all that we are, we give ourselves permission to be ourselves. There is a beautiful freedom to be found in simply being yourself. We fearfully hide ourselves through a lack of self acceptance which leads us into seeking validation in the wrong places. We only need to lovingly accept and validate ourselves for who we are. The real ‘you’ needs an emotionally honest place to shine through. Celebrate all that you are and have the courage to change without anyone else’s permission.

“Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It's tough to do that when we're terrified about what people might see or think”- Brene Brown

2. Immerse into life

Life is a full experience of the good, bad, and the sometimes ugly. When we live from a heart-led space, we encourage the natural flow and fluctuations of life. We may not like adversity yet we can certainly grow and evolve through from it. In shutdown mode, we only end up limiting our life to the confines of the box we have mentally created. It is a half way of living rather than a full way of being. It is only by immersing ourselves into every experience that we truly get a whole hearted picture of life’s limitless canvas.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

3. Vulnerability is our greatest strength

It is not weakness to show our heart. It is ultimately what serves us best for progression and contentment. Being vulnerable can take many of life’s harshest circumstances to actually strip us back to what cannot be extinguished at our core. Dealing with our tough times and challenges enables us to seek the strength of what we hold within. We are born as fearless as we are fragile. Illuminating ourselves through what opens up our heart-space establishes that same fearlessness and bravery to fight for our dreams, reach for happiness, and break new ground. In order to give and receive we must first engage- with life, love, and the beauty of chance that is embedded in living fully.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths”- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The radiance, courage and warmth of vulnerability shine rays far and wide. We can only share with each other what we are first willing to give. A mutual platform of freedom, openness and authentic expression prompts us to share, connect and create through an expansive space of love and acceptance.

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