I watched/listened to this talk online - wish I'd been there in person... I had some trouble staying focused because a big part of me was compelled to cry (except for a couple moments when her humour made me laugh right out loud) as I connected to what she was saying...

Take a moment - well, 20 minutes actually - and really listen to what Dr. Brown has to say. Consider yourself and where you're at. Where do you WANT to be. Is being vulnerable so unbearable? Her comment about when we numb out the bad feelings we also numb out the good ones really hit home for me... numb is not alive. Numb doesn't create inner peace, nor peace outside of me...

Excerpted from TEDxHouston write up "Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions: How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough -- that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy? Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007) and the forthcoming books, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy ( 2011)."

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