February Feelings – Vulnerable
This month I’m starting my days by drawing a random card from my GROK feelings deck, then sitting down to write about that feeling for you!
Today’s feeling is Vulnerable.
The dictionary says vulnerability is being open to attack, or capable of being wounded, and susceptible to hurt. Brené Brown defines vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.
Vulnerability shows up in my body like a twisted stomach, or a light head. It can happen when I share something personal with a friend, or as I wait for a doctor to tell me test results. I feel it when the phone rings in the middle of the night, or when I write about sensitive topics here on my blog. Vulnerability fills the moments of silence before and after we ask for help, or set a boundary. It stretches time as we say “I love you,” and wait to hear it said back. Vulnerability can occur so often that we miss it, but make no mistake, to be alive is to be vulnerable. We may think we can opt-out of vulnerability by building walls and turning inward, but the truth is, disconnection doesn’t protect us from pain, and it very well may cause it.
When I’m feeling uncomfortable feelings, it helps to name them, and provide myself with support. Here’s a compassionate whisper for vulnerable times:
I notice I’m feeling vulnerable. It is ok to feel. I am here for myself during this feeling.
Do you often feel vulnerable? Know you’re not alone. Life is risky, and we’re brave for showing up. <3