I went to a brilliant talk recently. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. In her work she asks: “How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?” What I love about her work is the way she understands the nature of real courage. That courage is being heard, is standing up for what is important to you, is saying your piece even when it makes you feel like the world will swallow you up. It is a thoughtful, genuine and careful process whereby we dare to be known and rise up so that we might ask another who they are, or if they feel the same way we do. As you will see in her videos she not just “walks it” – she “talks it”. Much of her message can be found in the heart of psychotherapy. Her work is an inspiration and can be found here: http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame.html and http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html