Tag: vulnerability

Why will there be restlessness within our hearts this Thanksgiving?

Compassion is sometimes a fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside someone else’s skin.  It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. ~Frederick Buechner This past weekend we were invited to do two…
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The Vulnerability of Jesus

Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. IT takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief…
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The true definition of the word ‘obedience’.

Obedience. This word most often evokes many negative feelings and ideas conjuring up images of someone ordering us to do something without us having any say or input.  A parent yelling at a child to clean up her room.  A husband or a wife demanding that the other work harder to bring in more money. …
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Being Safe Places for Others

Our favorite spiritual mentor – Henri Nouwen – has stated perfectly what our mission is all about: When we are free from the need to judge or condemn, we can become safe places for people to meet in vulnerability and take down the walls that separate them.   Being deeply rooted in the love of God, we cannot…
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Listening, Actually

 One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.      Bryant H. McGill We spoke to a group this week about listening.  We shared that we believe all of us have the need to be listened to, to have our voices heard and our experiences acknowledged.  The…
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I’ve Never Shared That With Anyone Else Before

I don’t know of anything that will help us find emotional health faster than being vulnerable with safe people.         Donald Miller    We can feel the pressures roll off their shoulders and melt from their hearts.  Anytime someone says to us …    I’ve never shared this with anyone else before    ……
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Honesty and Transparency

To be nobody but myself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else – means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.       e.e. cummings  We have been talking with each other for several months.  Writing frequently, too.  Growing to…
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Vulnerability, the Secret to Intimacy

Take a look at this insightful article – Vulnerability, the Secret to Intimacy – by professor and researcher Brené Brown, who writes about how being vulnerable is the key to us creating deeper, more intimate relationships.  Professor Brown states clearly how the more we are open with others, the more we find fulfillment, longevity, affection…
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A Hunger for Authenticity

Our headspace is messier than we pretend, they say, and the search for authenticity is doomed if it’s aimed at tidying up the sense of self, restricting our identities to what we want to be or who we think we should be. Karen Wright,  “Dare to be Yourself”   Earlier this week we had the…
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Trusting in love one more time

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. Maya Angelou It’s really easy for us to immediately think about and replay over and over again past hurts and the times when another person has broken our trust. We too often look through a lens of disappointment and pain in…
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