Living Wholeheartedly Requires Self-Reflection
Self-reflection is, of course, a necessary Strategy of the Spirit. I created the following Wholehearted Living Checklist to help you ponder, “How am I doing?” It is my way of defining what Wholehearted Living looks like. How many of the boxes in the checklist can you claim?
I wrote The Creativity & Camaraderie Club Handbook precisely to encourage people to live more wholeheartedly. These creativity clubs celebrate acts of wholehearted living in the categories mentioned above. Yet so many people are hesitant to live this way. Why?
What Stops Us? What Gets in the Way?
Brene Brown is a researcher who studies people who live more wholeheartedly. She does the best job of articulating the hidden dynamics that undermine living with more authenticity and courage. Her findings point to internalized shame and fear of vulnerability as the enemies of wholehearted living.
“Shame is best understood as the fear of not being worthy of connection.”
“Those who live more wholeheartedly have this in common: They have a strong sense of believing they are worthy of love and belonging. They have the courage to be imperfect and permit themselves the vulnerability to live with authenticity.” Brene Brown
Do Yourself a Big Favor
Listen to this Brene Brown TedTalk. It’s funny, warm, wise and extremely accurate.
Social Connection & Wholehearted Creative Action
Like Brene Brown, my professional conclusion after 20+ years is that individual psychotherapy can only take people so far. I witnessed how the SoulCollage® groups I facilitated healed another level of shame and isolation that one-on-one therapy can not provide. When people are connected, accepted, witnessed and supported in safely structured community they thrive. (I share that structure in the Handbook.)
We simply DO NOT come into fullness as human beings in isolation.
My Wish For You?
I hope you will make the choices that allow you to check off every box on this checklist!