Monday, August 25, 2014

10 Brilliant Quotes on Empathy and Vulnerability by Dr. Brene Brown

It's a new week, loves!

I'm excited to be back with a new post on the blog for you this Monday (forgive me for not posting last Thursday!) that is about the two essential ingredients we all need if we want to have GREAT lives - empathy and vulnerability.

As you know (since I annoyingly mention it over and over:), I LOVE quotes. A few months ago I read “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown and it has easily become one of my most beloved and treasured possessions (not to mention that in the book Brene references one of my favorite Harry Potter quotes from my last post – the one about "good people" and "Death Eaters"). 

Brene is a graduate professor at the University of Houston's College of Social Work and quite interestingly, a "shame" researcher. Brene has been studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame for years, and from her research she has become more knowledgeable and understanding of herself as a person and humanity as a whole.

Today I’m going to be sharing with you 10 of my favorite quotes from “Daring Greatly” that remind me (and hopefully you) the importance/necessity of vulnerability and empathy to live our best lives and serve others at our best. Enjoy!
1.       “We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.”

2.       “If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

3.       “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

4.       “Trust is a product of vulnerability that grows over time and requires work, attention, and full engagement. “

5.       “Shame derives its power from being unspeakable…If we speak shame, it begins to wither. Just the way exposure to light was deadly for the gremlins, language and story bring light to shame and destroy it.”

6.       “Self-compassion is key because when we’re able to be gentle with ourselves in the midst of shame, we’re more likely to reach out, connect, and experience empathy.”

7.       “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

8.       “Empathy doesn’t require that we have the exact same experiences as the person sharing their story with us…Empathy is connecting with the emotion that someone is experiencing, not the event or the circumstance.”

9.       “Love is a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.”

10.   “There really is “no effort without error and shortcoming” and there really is no triumph without vulnerability.”

Can you see why I love Brene's book so much?


   How did you like the quotes, loves? Have you read "Daring Greatly" or know about Brene? Do you intentionally practice vulnerability and empathy in your life? Leave a comment below:)

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