‘I cant let you see these pieces of me because I fear that it will cause disconnection’ Brene Brown

I love this quote from Brene Brown. So often our fear of not being accepted by others leads us to hide parts of ourselves from those we most want to connect too.

When we hide our vulnerabilities, we are often motivated by a fear of being rejected. However this hiding of parts of ourselves we don’t feel comfortable with in fact serves to widen the distance between us and others.

Mindfulness supports us to turn towards feelings that feel difficult, like shame, guilt and jealousy – and offer a friendly response. Once we can be with these difficult emotions this allows us to be much more vulnerable with others. No longer in need of the acceptance of others as we accept ourselves regardless of others response or opinions. A much stronger place to form any kind of relationship from, whether romantic, friendship or family.