Wholehearted Living!

11 Apr

I believe passionately that we are all created uniquely and perfectly so that we can contribute to the world in a meaningful way – that our unique abilities and contributions are needed to create completeness.

I also know that the wear and tear of life tarnishes our beautiful, unique brilliance.  The norms of our cultures try to convince us that in someway we are not enough.  You know the drill; what advertising tells us, our work culture rewards, people answer their phones and text while we’re talking to them, and the commonplace eye-roll.  These not enough messages attack on every front and, they miss the most important truth.  You were born perfectly and uniquely – you are worthy just as you are.

My passion in life is to help clear away the rubble and let true brilliance shine!  To that end, I totally resonate with Brene Brown’s message of Wholeheartedness!

Wholehearted Living:  Engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness and ability to be resilient to shame; facing uncertainty, exposure and emotional risk, and knowing that I am enough.  Wholeheartedness is defined by compassion, courage, and connection.

What Wholehearted people have in common:

  1. Cultivate authenticity:  Letting go of what people think
  2. Cultivate self- compassion:  Letting go of perfectionism
  3. Cultivate a resilient spirit:  Letting go of numbing and powerlessness
  4. Cultivate gratitude and joy:  Letting go of scarcity and fear of the dark
  5. Cultivate intuition and trusting faith:  Letting go of the need for certainty
  6. Cultivate creativity:  Letting go of comparison
  7. Cultivate play and rest:  Letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth
  8. Cultivate calm and stillness:  Letting go of anxiety as a lifestyle
  9. Cultivate meaningful work:  Letting go of self-doubt and “supposed to”
  10. Cultivate laughter, song, and dance:  Letting go of being cool and “always in control”

Today’s choice, which I strongly recommending you do!

  • Print a couple of copies of the Wholehearted list (I’m serious!).
  • Read through the list.  Note where you currently engage in Wholehearted Living and where you allow our culture or others to rob you of your unique brilliance.
  • Connect with friends and family members; ask them to do the same.
  • Ask those friends and family members to help you be honest about where you are engaging and being robbed.

Research indicates that if you call out and name something you dramatically increase your ability to do act on it.  If there is shame involved, speaking it out loud robs the power.

If you’d like to read more by Brene Brown, check out the Daring Greatly Book Report.  Enjoy!

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