Vulnerability is not an easy ask. Nor is it a simple one.
It’s not another technique that we can learn from a book or on a weekend retreat.
There are, however, a few questions that we can use as a entry point to feeling vulnerable.
Where are we afraid? And where are we hurting?
If we can be honest about those two things, we’re on the right track. T
here’s a powerful and cathartic exercise called the fear list. It’s when you sit down with someone you care about and take turns honesty sharing your personal library of fears, one by one. Big or small. Real or imagined. And without justification, condemnation or the sudden urge to tell each other that there’s nothing to be afraid of.
The goal of the exercise isn’t to console the other person, but to hear and be heard, to feel and be felt, to see and be seen. And most importantly, to discover that you’re not alone in your own warped perceptions of how the world works.
If you’ve never looked another person in the eye and tried this exercise, it’s profoundly moving. And hilarious. And insightful. And cleansing. The joy of being felt in that moment of vulnerability, there’s nothing quite like it.
What’s more, it’s intimate. By being courageously vulnerable and showing the more tender aspects of our authentic selves, the word intimacy literally plays out between you and the other person.
Into me I see.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Have you reclaimed your right to be vulnerable?
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