The Power of Vulnerability

November 30th, 2012

I only cleaned the pool butt naked one time. That’s all it took to learn the lesson. I was home alone. The sun was shining. The birds were singing. All was calm and peaceful as I moved around the edge of the pool with skimming pole in hand. I was so taken with my garden paradise, lost in the tranquility of it all, that I didn’t hear the pool guy arrive. He had unexpectedly come to fix the filter. I didn’t know he was there until I turned around and we found ourselves cheek to cheek (so to speak). I carefully lowered my pole and toweled up. Paradise was lost, and there was no Eve to blame for this one.

The poor guy was professional enough to keep his gaze high and act as if this happened everyday in pools all around the neighborhood.

Vulnerability is awesome, even without going to naked extremes. The day you accept that you don’t have to have it all together is the day you liberate yourself to give yourself fully to life without being controlled by fear. Vulnerability is just as sacred as perfection. As Leonard Cohen said, “Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

You don’t have to let too much light in, nor let it all in at once – especially when the pool guy stops by. Let SOME light in, trust those around you with your honest feelings, and be trustworthy with the humanity of others. You can offer no greater gift. As Maya Angelou said so wisely, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

We’re all teachers, and our lesson is vulnerability. First you learn it, then you teach it, then you relearn it, and so it goes on. Abundance is discovered in self discovery, even the naked truth of your own vulnerability. Fear is overcome in risk taking.

The purpose of Soulseeds is to shine a light on your humanity, perfect even in its imperfection. Let the light shine through your insecurities to reveal your true strength which is so easy to forget. The power of affirmations is that you can practice being human, first in the safety of your own mind  and then in the daily grind where it can be so hard to stay grounded. Over time you gain greater ease with who and where you are, while opening the door to a deeper peace.

The intention of Soulseeds is, in the words of Barbra Streisand, “to discover you, what you do, and trust it.” What an awesome thought. Focus your time and energy on things that nourish your true self. Trust the music of your own soul. Celebrate the joy of being you in this moment. It’s not where you will be tomorrow, but it is perfect for today. As you find the joy of acceptance, the you that you are becoming will unfold effortlessly like a rising sun.

The bottom line is that as you learn to love yourself, ALL of you, you start to attract loving people into your life. Learn to trust yourself, and you start attracting trustworthy people. Learn to be vulnerable, and you attract vulnerable people. Vulnerability offers no guarantees or blueprint, but the joy of intimacy is worth the risk. Trust yourself and step out in trust. The universe is waiting to meet you halfway and open doors to exciting, new relationships.

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  1. Alone in a Canyon says:

    I am not sure about the vulnerability thing…I always feel and know I am vulnerable, but I think I come off as the opposite?