When I first heard Brene Brown’s Ted Talk “The Power of Vulnerability”, something deep inside of me stirred. I knew it to be true. I also felt validated as this is how I was living my life, however; I never saw our ability to be vulnerability as a strength or even a source of power.
What would it mean if we were willing to be vulnerable and expose our full selves to the world by just being our authentic selves? No more false layers of protection. At first, it might be scary, but as we realize that people accept and love us for who we really are, it would be liberating; I can be who I am.
A branch of dance/movement therapy, Authentic Movement, embodies this principle. It allows us to be vulnerable within the safe container of being seen and held. Authentic movement is a profoundly simple form in which a mover moves with eyes closed in the presence of a witness. Rooted in Jungian depth psychology, it is a practice that stands alone with its own integrity. At its core, Authentic Movement is about trusting the innate wisdom of the body to lead us toward healing and developing consciousness. In the practice of Authentic Movement, the body is the gateway of awareness itself. It informs the creative process, contemplative practice, and healing on all levels.
The more often we can achieve this vulnerability, the greater our sense of well-being. To begin, try opening up with close friends and family by telling them a single insecurity, memory, or loss that hasn’t been shared.
As we grow more comfortable, we share more stories and can be seen fully. As we open ourselves, others feel safe to do so as well, thus beginning a virtuous circle of vulnerability. We embrace those moments to share and be vulnerable. The power is within; it is unwavering and unshakable.