The most beneficial way we can be with ourselves when we experience vulnerability is to be gentle.
Most often our inner tyrant will crack the whip and demand that we erect that rock solid armour immediately. This means protecting ourselves and can lead to going into defense mode. From this mental space, we will tell ourselves why what has occurred, been said or unveiled, is not true.
We might even land ourselves in denial and risk the opportunity to actually grow from a situation that has arisen to serve our expansion.
If anything we will re-enter the world with sharp edges, cold armour and stern faces making sure we keep others at a safe distance. While we may feel stronger (on the outside) this does not benefit us overall. We limit our personal growth and expansion of self.
The second most immediate response is that of victim. We indulge our vulnerability and feed ourselves more memories and thoughts that serve to undermine our confidence further. For an off-track ego this is an opportunity to rip out all of the former stories and past evidence to render us feeling unnecessarily helpless, hopeless, and wrongly perceiving growth to be pointless.
There is always another alternative response. Sit gently with your vulnerability. Go into to the gooey softness of this exposed sensation (while in a safe space) and feel it. No thinking is required, just feel it. We are in a state that is supremely tender. From this space we have the choice to feel into it and understand it more. We do not need to fear it or push it away. It’s mellow essence has the potential to pacify our emotions if we allow this so that we let go of the overthinking and can be one with the vulnerable experience.
In its own fortuitous manner, we come to discover that vulnerability has its positive attributes.
Our hearts open and the ability to be compassionate is often at its most intense potentiality. Now that you have surrendered to your vulnerable state, let’s work with this to capitalize on the whole encounter. Firstly, I want you to remember that you are not alone in your vulnerability. From your open heart you can hold space for others and to positive recourse.
Place your attention on those in the world who also feel vulnerable right now, a collective of people, a nation even. Breathe in the rawness, the sensitivity, the unknowingness or fear they may have. Now breathe out love, strength, confidence, resilience and hope for this collective.
Next focus on someone you know who is vulnerable in this moment. Apply the same energy breath-work technique. Breathe in the rawness, the sensitivity, the unknowingness or fear they may have. Now breathe out love, strength, confidence, resilience and hope for this collective.
Finally focus on yourself and apply this energy breath-work technique.
You have just sent energetic ripples of healing, love and strength to others.
From your very vulnerable space you have generously supported others AND yourself.
You remember that you will survive sitting in your discomfort, in your vulnerability. While not comfortable, you are aware that it cannot harm you.
When ready, go back out into the world, be gentle with you, and choose kindness in situations and surrounds. You are loved. You are resilient. You have survived much already. You will experience your every day strength again. Until then loving kindness to yourself is key.
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