10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living by Brene Brown
10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living –a series based on the book, “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown I have fallen for an author and I want you to meet her. I am a big book junkie and I am the kind of person who can’t get enough of…the self-help section. A little over a year ago my dear friend Skylor of Sprout introduced me to Brene Brown.
You may have seen Dr. Brene Brown's TedTalk on The Power of Vulnerability or her three books. If not, check them out. Brene’s work is based on a 12-year research project she did on shame. What she unearthed was a population of people living what she now calls a “Wholehearted Life.” This particular group of people embraces failure, creativity, play, laughter, and self-compassion and they do so through the practice of vulnerability.
After diving into all three of her books I realized that The Gifts of Imperfection is the perfect companion to the work I do around the effect stress, anxiety, and feeling like enough have on loving your body and living a fulfilling life.
To share in these gifts I wrote about a guidepost a week from the book for 10 weeks and how to embrace each one through your journal by including a prompt. Each post is short & sweet. You can read each guidepost and journal prompt here.
10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living by Brene Brown:
1. Cultivate Authenticity – Let go of what people think about you
2. Cultivate Self-Compassion – Let go of perfectionism
3. Cultivate a Resilient Spirit – Let go of numbing and powerlessness
4. Cultivate Gratitude and Joy – Let go of scarcity
5. Cultivate Intuition and Trusting Faith – Let go of the need for certainty
6. Cultivate Creativity – Let go of comparison
7. Cultivate Play and Rest – Let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth
8. Cultivate Calm and Stillness – Let go of anxiety as a lifestyle
9. Cultivate Meaningful Work – Let go of self-doubt and “supposed to”
10. Cultivate Laughter, Song, and Dance – Let go of being cool and “always in control”
I can’t tell you how to cultivate each guidepost because it is different for everyone. Instead I will provide journal prompts that will help you find out for yourself. I will post a guidepost every Thursday, starting tomorrow - thanks for participating!