We know from our work with Brené that true connection and belonging come from this place. We know that we cannot experience joy without also being open to experiencing suffering. If we are defended against pain, we are defended. Period.
But we are conditioned to be defended—at least I was! My whole life was constructed in such a way that practically guaranteed that nothing got in, you know?
Without the gentle guidance of Jen and Henry this whole time, I wouldn’t be in the place where I am now—able to tap into the most creative art-making part of me. It’s the part that I packed away long ago in my youth because it represented what was most scary (and of course, what held my joy).
So how do you even start to embrace the kind of vulnerability that’s required to meet your most authentic self, every day? If you’re anything like me, you can’t do it alone. You need a safe space. You need a gentle guide. You need to know that if you try, someone won’t judge. You need something to DO that helps you, instead of just talking about it.
That’s why I love Henry’s approach. He knows how to look in the mirror and shoot, not for the sake of the selfie or overcoming your shyness, but so you can really SEE how you’re doing. So you can open up and not hold so much inside. I invite you to join his 10-day narrative photography eCourse, Wide Open that begins on July 6. It’s based on the premise that each image you take is… YOU! “
If you can concede to this notion and completely believe that each photo you take is about your own personal journey, what’s in you, then anything you see becomes a photo worth taking, a feeling worth expressing.” ~ Henry Lohmeyer
We know WHY vulnerability is important. Now I offer you a tool to begin your own vulnerability practice. You can start with just 10 days. The introductory price for Wide Open is $49. (No fancy camera required). Registration is here. I hope you’ll join me.
So much love,
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ~Brené Brown