“Vulnerability is the last thing I want you to see in me, but the first thing I look for in you.”
– Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
We continued our month-long look at poetry for our MLUC Meditation Group I with the theme of vulnerability. As we went around the room sharing our own experiences of vulnerability, it was ironic to note how that act alone was a way of sharing our vulnerability. In Daring Greatly, Brene Brown writes,
“If we’re going to find our way out of shame and back to each other, vulnerability is the path and courage is the light. To set down those lists of what we’re supposed to be is brave. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is the greatest single act of daring greatly.“
As a participant asked, “What if we envisioned vulnerability as a lovely soft landing?” We began with a mindfulness practice that cultivates a balance in our body, heart and mind that can open us to vulnerability:
Listed below are some of the poems and readings that were shared:
- Weathering by Fleur Adcock – “now that I am in love with a place which doesn’t care how I look, or if I’m happy, happy is how I look, and that’s all”
- At A Safe Distance by John Mark Green – “They say that love is blind, but I just can’t take the chance“
- What We Need by our own Mary Stromquist – “We need to fall in love with the warm pain of closeness“
- Tell Me by Sandra Belfiore – “You will not drown. You were born swimming“
- What If I Knock by Danna Faulds – “What if the door has been open the whole time?“
- Vulnerability by David Whyte – “To run from vulnerability is to run from the essence of our nature“
- Unconditional by Jennifer Wellwood – “Willing to experience aloness, I discover connection everywhere“
Each week will include a short talk and will invite participants to bring and share their own favorite poems on the week’s topic.
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