Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Having said that, I do think her work to be awesome and of extreme importance to our culture today. Sorry for the grim description but, I do think we are in the middle of a shared identity crisis. We are plagued by the masks we have to wear. We don't even know what it is to be truly authentic anymore. We are broken by the expectations, exhausted by the hamster wheel, blinded by our distorted values and paralyzed by fear, so much so that a lot of us are not even aware this is happening. And having a PhD come to the public arena with the courage to talk about shame, creativity and love, completely base on the almighty research, is refreshing.
The Power of Vulnerability is a series of 6 sessions she presents to a live audience, summarizing her 12-year long work on the topic of shame. For me, the highlights are sessions 5 and 6 when she emphasizes the crucial importance of creativity, laughter and dance – very much in tune with my own message.
Vulnerability is strength, not weakness. Instead, she says: "Vulnerability is the birth place of all positive emotions." Without vulnerability there is no connection, there is no authenticity. Creativity is a gift we all share and essential to living a whole-hearted life.
Can you imagine if we as a group would be able to embrace and live these ideas daily?
Yes, I still frown a bit when listening, watching or reading Ms. Brown. But to me, here is the perfect example of the "wounded healer". She, herself, says several times during her presentations that she is a work in progress and that her attraction to the topic was the awareness that something was missing in her own journey. And that makes all the difference! How can we expect anyone to live in these truths if we have virtually no role model to learn from. At least now we have someone talking about it in the public arena and practicing on it together with us. I can only wait to see Ms. Brown's work develop even further. And that is why I love +Brene Brown!
The Power of Vulnerability
by Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW
(Sounds True; audiobook; $43.72)
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Monday, November 25, 2013
But do not be disheartened by this first impression. Lake Atitlan is one of these places on earth where its enchantment is not overt or readily noticed. Here, there are no major landmarks or famous monuments. There are no flashy lights, no major crowds. Actually, this place has no agenda, no ego. Perhaps this place does not even have a reason to be.
Lake Atitlan just is.
You will not know when, or how it exactly happened, but suddenly a moment will come when you will realize you've been touched. And you've been touched in such a way that perhaps without knowing, you have been changed you forever.
Maybe it was because of the placid, soothing waters, or the majestic clouds. Maybe it was because of the simplicity of life and the smiles on people's faces. Maybe it was because of that German expat who moved there decades ago, bought a small rundown eatery in a small village and now wears a beard that reaches his chest. Maybe it was because of the elegant dresses worn by the native women or the eerie silence that spreads throughout the night. Maybe it was because of the friends you made along the way, or the boat rides that may have scared your tummy. Or maybe it was a combination of it all.
You will not know when, or how it exactly happened, but suddenly a moment will come when you will realize you are stepping on sacred ground. Here, time has found its rest. Your breath has reached its fullness. Your eyes have come to peace.
Now you know, Atitlan is not a myth or an unreachable dream. Now you know, Atitlan is a real and present place. And in fact, it is not even very far. Because now you know, Atitlan is forever a part of you.
Tags: Lake Atitlan, guatemala, travel, essay, sunrise, video
Friday, November 22, 2013
The guide comes from his room and now, together with the other six, you begin to march towards the park. He is young and full of knowledge. And in his passion, he stops at every opportunity to tell us more about this mysterious and rich culture we know very little about. We have no other option but to marvel. The markings on the stones begin to make sense and once again we realize how broad and wide our human experience is and how small we are when we think the little we know is all there is.
After an hour or so, we are at the foot of the big Mayan pyramid. We take a deep breath, we gather our strength and we begin our climb upwards. As we reach the top, breathless, we encounter the expansion of the forest. High above the canopy of countless trees, we seem to look at infinity. We are surprised to see how many people are already there. Weren’t we the only ones in the trail? But the light is already flickering in the sky. There is no time to waste. The moment is here and it is time to stop, look out and pay attention. We lean against the wall and we wait.
Without warning, we all become silent. Suddenly we know, here we are secondary, insignificant, really. Nature is shouting and we are mere observers, small creatures engulfed by the vastness of this place. From near and far, all you hear are the monkeys. Their howling echoes through the landscape. They are greeting a new day.
We listen. We listen...
Tags: tikal, guatemala, travel, essay, sunrise, mayan culture, video
Thursday, October 3, 2013
What are you waiting for?
Can you believe it? It's the end of September! (Actually, the beginning of October - already!) What happened to those goals and ideas you had inside your head for quite sometime? You promised yourself you would work on them before the end of the year. You would make some changes, try something different and somehow you would turn things around. But now, months have passed by and still nothing much has truly happened.
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Tags: focus, goals, motivation, success, inspiration, video
Friday, May 31, 2013
by Elie Wiesel
translated from the French by Marion Wiesel
(Knopf; 79 pages; $20)
What would be of our humanity without those who are gifted with the ability to translate the contingencies of our lives into insight and wisdom? Crises, challenges, pain, together with joy, freedom and resolutions are happening all around us all the time. But rarely we have the sensitivity and the wisdom to look beyond the ordinary and see the miracle of it all.
In Open Heart,Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of the best-seller book NightElie Wiesel, once again gives us the opportunity to enter into his private world and taste a place we all know exists but we rarely dare to notice. Life is full of challenges and surprises. It is up to each one of us to choose what we want to do them.
With a candid account of his own health struggles, he gently shares with us his unique ability to transform what many would take as a desperate situation into an opportunity to savor even further the magic of this life. In the process he raises questions on mortality, God, life purpose and family. The result: a short gem, a snapshot of inspiration and hope, a call to awareness, to simplicity and to the beauty of our lives.
Tags: Elie Wiesel, book review, Open Heart, Surgery
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Who doesn't know Yoda – the last Jedi knight who survived the Great Clone War and who became Luke Skywalker's master on the original episode V of the Star Wars saga? We all fell in love with his simplicity, strength of character, wisdom and particularly with his truncated phraseology.
"Already know you that which you need."
Master Yoda had the uncanny skill to perceive events happening light years away. As a Jedi knight, he could influence your choices, see what was beyond your thoughts and even predict the future.
As much as I would love to have his abilities, as far as Jung's personality type theory and the Myers-Briggs assessment goes, an intuitive is not a sage – like Master Yoda, walking around in robes, holding a crystal ball and deciphering your destiny. (Oh, my!)
According to the MBTI instrument, intuition (N) is one of the 8 cognitive functions, which are displayed differently in each individual. Intuition, combined with "Sensing", represents the way we take information and perceive the world.
Being an intuitive means you tend to give preference to abstract ideas and what is "between the lines." Your focus is generally more on the big picture instead of step-by-step approach. Intuitives are attuned to possibilities and prefer to focus their attention in the meanings and patterns of information. They usually thrive on change, new ideas and variety. They prefer imaginative solutions and may be impatient with details. They go beyond what is real or concrete and focus on meaning, associations and relationships.
Some people may be surprised to know that intuitives can be extremely down-to-earth and matter-of-fact individuals. Famous reported intuitive names are Tom Brokaw, Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, James Taylor, Terry Gross (PBS's Fresh Air), Helen Keller, William Shakespeare and John F. Kennedy, Jr.. It seems that if you are an intuitive, you are in good company.
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