Walking into yoga a few months back I was a little, okay a lot, taken aback when class began and there was only three of us in the room. One of those three people was the instructor, and one was a guy who looked like he had been practicing yoga for years. Then there was me. I had not been to yoga in quite a few weeks, was rusty, and instantly closed up when I realized the class size. This overwhelming sense of fear came over me and I turned my first five minutes of yoga into negative self talk about how I wasn’t good enough and I’m going to mess up in front of these two amazing, perfect yogis. Yikes. If you want to know what yoga is not about that’s it, but that’s a whole other post for another day.
Looking back now, I ultimately was afraid of how vulnerable I felt. What do you think of when you hear the word vulnerability? It can most definitely be a scary word for some. Just hearing it instantly has me on edge. I think the reason it can be a little frightening for some is because it leaves you wide open to rejection, humiliation, possible hurt, and fear. Words that are even more scary and intense. If you think back to a time when you were your most vulnerable self you were probably pondering these exact feelings.
The crazy thing I’ve realized about vulnerability is that it carries with it such a selfish motive. When we feel vulnerable we instantly look inward and make the situation about us, our feelings, our fears. After completing my practice that day in yoga, it hit me. People want and need to hear what you have to say. When you hide your gifts and heart by playing small, you’re not serving your purpose or the greater good. You were put on this earth to give, to love and to grow. As soon as you make it all about you, it gets complicated and you stunt your creative power and confidence. You have everything you need right now in the moment to be of value. No more excuses and no more justifications. Let people see who you are. Vulnerability is power.
What can you do today to get a little vulnerable, shine your light and empower others to do the same?
Cat and Lauren are two best friends who started The Resource Girls to encourage and empower women to be themselves! We’re two girls who survived our twenties as strong, successful, independent women in this crazy world. We blog about fashion, fitness, finance, food and friendship but most of all loving ourselves and embracing who we are. Connect with Cat and Lauren at www.theresourcegirls.com, Twitter, and Instagram.