Wholehearted living with Brené Brown
I gotta tell you about this book, this woman, this course.
The book is "The Gifts of Imperfection"
The woman is Brené Brown
And the course is Brené Brown with Oprah's Life class: "The gifts of imperfection"
I saw Brené Brown's TED Talk on vulnerability and I thought it was brilliant, very interesting.
Then I got her book "The gifts of Imperfection".
I try and read books that teach me, make me think and inspire me.
"The Gifts of Imperfection" is one of those books.
Brené talks about authenticity, belonging, self-compassion, numbing (Omg, that's a big one for me), gratitude and joy, creativity, calm and laughter = wholehearted living.
And her findings are based on research by talking to lots of people.
She is funny, honest and it's almost like she becomes my friend when I read the book because I can relate so much.
Reading "The Gifts of Imperfection" is like being wrapped in a comfy blanket and told: I'm ok.
It's a wonderful book.
And as I'm writing this I am doing a 6-week course based on the book.
This is my first experience doing a course based on a book with the writer herself.
We do "Heartwork through Artwork" in our own imperfect creative way.
Doing a course with the book connects the information from my brain to my heart and it makes it easier to practice what I learn.
There's a lot going on in my life right now, with meetings, quite a lot of conflicts of various kinds and doing this course has helped me show up authentically and speak up despite my fear of being patronized.
I've yet to see the end result of me doing this but it is definitely shifting something.
"Leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability" is not easy, nor very pleasant but it changes something inside afterward.
I think that's so important so I'll repeat it:
Lean into the discomfort of being vulnerable
One last thing I'll mention about the book:
Here's why How-to's don't work:
Brené writes: "How-to is a seductive shortcut, but the truth is, we already know how-to yet we're still in the same place, longing for more joy, connection, and meaning.
We know how to make clever choices with our money, we know what to eat and not to eat, yet....
We are the most obese, medicated, addicted and in-debt Americans EVER
Why is this when we have access to more information, more books, and more science than ever before?"
"Because we don't talk about the things that get in the way of doing what we know is best for us.
We don't talk about what keeps us eating until we're sick, desperate to take the edge off, and full of so much anxiety and self-doubt that we can't act on what we know is best for us."