Today I got to thinking about vulnerability.
I was startled a bit by the definition that I found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary
2 : open to attack or damage
From this definition I gather that being vulnerable is akin to being weak; not only as defined in the dictionary but impressed upon us by “societal norms”. It is being wounded, damaged and unworthy. No wonder the world is in the state that it is currently in – it is inhabited by the walking wounded. A population awaiting attack – constantly on guard. What a deprived vibration to live in.
How long can one really go on like this?
Which made me think – what if being vulnerable was regarded as being brave?
What if by revealing your vulnerability you are courageous, strong and resilient? By being vulnerable you are acknowledging your insecurities and regarding yourself with love. Living with grace and compassion towards others and most importantly yourself. What if we moved from a place of fear to a place of bravery? Bravery from a foundation of compassion, sharing and empathy.
Tune into your body as you consider the word vulnerable. Close your eyes and envision what being vulnerable imprints into your mind. Is the vulnerability from a place of fear and weakness? Or, is it from a place of compassion, courage and strength?
Our minds are powerful – be conscious of this as you move throughout your day. As you feel fear from being vulnerable re-frame those thoughts to compassion, courage and bravery. See how you shift – see how your world shifts.