I just finished reading Brené Brown's "The Gifts of Imperfection" and it was so, so wonderful. It's all about how shame and avoidance of vulnerability keep us from living wholehearted lives. This is the kind of book that you want to read slowly, just a short chapter each day or so. You want to take notes and hang them around where you'll be sure to see them. You know you're going to be recommending it to everyone, and you know you should read it until you have it memorized. I'll be posting more about it as I process each part of it-- it's full of gems for better living in our own skin, based on Brown's research. In the conclusion, Brown encapsulates her point:
"However afraid we are of change, the question that we must ultimately answer is this: What's the greater risk? Letting go of what people think or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?
Whole hearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It's about cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough."