Something profound happened this week. People in my theatre group got into pairs, and stared at each other. Not so profound you may think? Or yuk you may say, but just hold those thoughts – just for now.
Looking directly at each other was awkward, no doubt excruciating for some, but as we gazed at the face across from our own, looked into each other’s eyes, and let our senses wander across the contours of the other’s skin, we started to settled into some sort of ease.
It was glorious: to be invited to this socially forbidden gaze, to notice facades falling – some more than others, and to be left with a glimpse into the vulnerability of each other’s existence.
And here’s the thing: the experience seemed to mirror the vulnerability experienced as we face uncertainty in life in general, and there’s one thing that makes a big difference to whether it is glorious or excruciating: when you believe you are enough the experience is glorious, when you don’t it’s excruciating.
Knowing you are enough is accepting that you are vulnerable and not having to pretend, hide or defend. If you’d like more on this Brene Brown’s Ted talk is worth checking out.
Create a space for acknowledging that you are enough – it changes everything. If you need help getting started with knowing you are enough, I’m here to help.