Spring Ahead: Vulnerability and self-compassion

Has anyone seen my missing hour of sleep? We all sprang ahead last weekend and I’m not feeling so springy (even though, holy blooming crocuses, it’s almost Spring!). That lost hour hit me hard and reminds me (yet again!) of my human vulnerability; I’m not in control of soooo many things. And that vulnerability calls for self-compassion. I found myself waking tired and grouchy and ignoring that (and me) this week. It took days before I noticed, and in those days I gritted my teeth and slogged through and got the job done. But my…

Growing Resilience: The Surprising Paradox

There is a bodily sequence designed to move you to resilience: protest, acceptance, stillness, and hope.  Recognizing and taking care of the feeling of vulnerability is how you get there.  Resilience is the holy grail of mental health. It’s the feeling of “I can”.  It helps you bounce back from life’s inevitable setbacks. But what if resilience emerges from the experience of “I can’t’? What??  “I can” emerges from “I can’t”?  What kind of voodoo is that? Embrace vulnerability to become resilient…

Embracing Your Vulnerability is Power

Being human means being vulnerable. And that’s healthy. Here’s how to embrace the discomfort vulnerability brings—and grow…

The Power of Coming Home to your Anxious Body

Are you alive and human? Excellent. Keep reading. Since you are human, you are vulnerable. That is just a fact. And every so often your body lets you know you are vulnerable, right in that exact moment. When your body signals that you’re vulnerable you feel anxious – your muscles tighten and your nervous system feels a bit agitated. You feel unrest. And guess what? Even though it doesn’t feel good, your discomfort is a good thing. Why? Because vulnerability is the fact of life. Accept you are not the boss of everything Vulnerability means you’re not…

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