Vulnerability can improve your health

Jan 4, 2017

photo of gratitude jar as a practise for helping vulnerability

So it’s New year and I know this is not strictly homeopathy, but I have been reading Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability, and wanted to share some of my thoughts with you.

Brene Brown’s work focuses on vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. Her TED talk on the power of vulnerability went viral a few years ago. She says that when we hide our vulnerability we are shutting off other parts of ourselves which give our lives meaning and purpose. This really correlates with the Shadowwork I have done where we retrieve the bits of ourselves that have gone into shadow by mistake along with the bits we don’t want. 

She talks about armoury that we put up to protect ourselves from the pain experienced in the past. I see this armoury a lot in my practise. Suppressed thoughts, behaviours, and emotions can lead to illness on mental, emotional and physical levels. It can show up in many ways for example, as depression, lack of energy, back pain or insomnia. I usually work with people very gently to explore verbally what may be hidden and use the remedies to bring this to the surface. It can take some time to access these parts. Bodywork like osteopathy and massage also help a great deal as we store the cellular memory in our bodies and the stagnant energy can be shifted and unblocked.

One of the bits i really resonated with is how we actually stop our own Joy for fear of it ending, she calls it foreboding joy. We don’t feel safe enough to fully feel our joy. How sad…But amazingly, what emerged from her data is that gratitude is actually the antidote to foreboding joy. And if we develop daily gratitude rituals in our lives we can change the fear into something more positive. Then I googled gratitude practises and went down another rabbit hole looking at how these simple rituals have changed peoples lives ! For now though, I have created my Gratitude Jar for 2017, and will place 3 slips of paper into it every day with 3 things I am grateful for. I am curious to see what will happen…

Feeling vulnerable is not a comfortable place to be, but it is said the edge is where our greatest potential for growth it. Suppressing these uncomfortable feelings takes a lot of energy. Wouldn’t it be amazing if this energy could be available to us to use to create meaningful lives rather than for holding ourselves back?  Wishing you all a joyful and prosperous year ! 

“Come to the edge,” he said

“We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded

“Come to the edge,” he said

“We can’t, We will fall!” they responded

“Come to the edge,” he said

And so they came

And he pushed them

And they flew

Guillaume Apollinaire

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