Oct 22: Staring Shame in the Face

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Today we're switching it up and got a rad video below.

Before we do, take a second to read why this topic is so damn important.


Back in the 21 DED program you probably remember the Ted Talk on vulnerability by the one and only Brené Brown (if you need a refresher, here it is). Social worker, professor, and expert on the power and fear in vulnerability, the struggles we have with shame, and how we can move past these into a place of living fully, as ourselves. This is her follow-up talk, after that first video went viral. She shares her very human response to that time in her life, and dives into shame fearlessly, in a powerful way.

She defines shame as “ the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection. “

Shame can be a major obstacle for alot of us, and it stops us from truly putting ourselves out there, being seen, and exploring what actually matters to us – and what doesn't.

For many of us, we're never taught how to deal with or heal these feelings, so we spend our time trying to outrun and outsmart it. Avoiding it at all cost, or replaying past weight of shame, holding the memory with us in the present.

So this morning, before we dive into the day, we'll leave you with this –

If you haven't heard of Brené Brown, sit back and submerge yourself. There's a reason her first Ted Talk is still one of the most viewed TED Talks (36 million views) ever. This follow up talk takes it further. Hit play and see what take-aways might resonate for you.


And because it's almost Friday...

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