This inspiration page is an ode to the spiritual practice of voices who have stood alone, who inspire me in their unique and wholehearted sense of self, and with their relentless persistance. Their wild hearts have had the courage to stand for something bigger than themselves, through their art, stories, films, scripts, research, speeches, memoirs, soliloquies, and most profoundly, their ability to flip a perceived and insurmountable negative into an ageless, spectacular and boundless positive. I will be gradually adding here ....
"That Wild Heart is tough and tender and brave and afraid, all at the same time ... "
— Brené Brown
"So much of the satisfaction in life is in taking a risk for the thing you love. "
— Rod MacIver from a Heron Dance interview
There just aren't enough words to describe how profound the stories, research and voice of Brené Brown are to me, but I will try. My sister told me about Brené years ago and that prompted me to get into Brené's first book The Gifts of Imperfection, and then continue on with Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong ... My own life's story then and now had/has a new running companion and guide to my intuitively generated acts of courage and vulnerability, my own wild heart. Everything made so much more sense, my own internal values became more loud to me.
The realness and truth of her two TED Talks "The power of vulnerability" and "Listening to shame" ... Both head- and heart-smart ... Combining research and soul ... Learning smaller details that one of the books that rocked Brené's world when she was younger was the same self help book that completely opened me up when I just got out of my teens - Harriet Lerner's "The Dance of Anger" ... This created such a deep sense of recognition, connection, tribe and happiness.
Here, then, is a seriously profound interview between Brené Brown and Krista Tippett from On Being and about Brené's latest book Braving the Wilderness (thank you, sister mine, for sending me the link):
On Being with Krista Tippet: Brené Brown - Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart
There are too many amazing topics packed into this, but that fascinates me most is the idea of sometimes having to stand alone, as the beginning point towards belonging, being able to belong to yourself, first. What incredible inspiration there is by the spiritual practice of voices who have stood alone, in their unique and wholehearted sense of self, their Wild Hearts who have the courage/vulnerability to be authentic and Speak It. I love that collectively, this value is becoming more real in the world ... Here a few highlights from Krista's conversation with Brené:
"Belonging is a spiritual practice .... of believing in ourselves and belonging to ourselves so fully, that we find what is sacred ... not only being part of something - like our DNA calls us to be - but we find sacred, the need, on occasion to stand alone, in our values, in our beliefs, when we are called to do that as well. True belonging is a type of belonging that never requires us to be inauthentic or change who we are. A type of belonging that demands that we be who we are, even when we jeopardize connection with other people .,.
Your level of true belonging can never be greater than your willingness to be brave and stand by yourself."