In November 2015, I wrote about vulnerability in response to the terror attacks in Paris (read it here). Though months have passed since, the topic is still relevant today and will likely remain so for a long time to come. And why is that? Why is it that the conversation about vulnerability doesn't have a time cap?
I'd like to suggest that it's because vulnerability is like the pulse that signals our aliveness. As long as we are alive, we are vulnerable.
While our 21st century and western sensibilities (not to mention our egos) might not like this response, the truth is that we cannot run away from vulnerability. We can hide from it. We can push it away. We can even deny it. But sooner or later, it will stare us in the face again and beg, "Notice me!"
Sadness will show up in your life, and you'll feel like crumbling. Pure and utter joy will come for a visit, and you'll feel fragile. Hurt, anger, and unconditional love will stare you in the face and remind you that you are vulnerable, raw, exposed, open, and... alive.
As seasons change, as life happens, as the world keeps experiencing trauma upon trauma, there is a place where we can honor our vulnerability, keep ourselves protected, and feel the full breath of our very own aliveness. There is a place and the place is you. Right here. Right now.
When we embrace vulnerability, we transform it from a weakness into our greatest resource of strength.
Wanna learn more? Not sure how to embrace your vulnerability? Or how to feel vulnerable and yet protected? Please join me this Sunday, Sept 25, 2-4:15pm for a meditative workshop on vulnerability. Details and registration @ shiraozsinai.com/vulnerable--alive.
Can't join me for the workshop? Call me for a free consultation @ 240 - 839 - 1661 or schedule your next acupressure session @ http://www.shiraozsinai.com/acupressure1.html.
For as long as you are alive, may you always feel the pulse of your own aliveness.
-- Shira Oz-Sinai
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Shira Oz-Sinai is a spiritual teacher trained in iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation and Soul Lightening Acupressure®, two modalities that share the common principle of noticing what arises in awareness as the foundation to living life with ease and in deep and loving friendship with yourself. These are her musings.