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By Sally Kempton

Originally posted on Patheos.

In Part One of this series, we began to explore vulnerability as a path, and to look at what it takes to feel safely vulnerable. My meditations on vulnerability began during a conversation with a student named Roberta. Roberta had noticed that she often felt over-sensitive, too open to other people and even the pain of the world around her. In the last article, I discussed where vulnerability comes from, and the different types of vulnerability. Mainly, I tried to distinguish between the vulnerability that comes from weak boundaries, and mature vulnerability””based on real inner strength. That kind of vulnerability, what we might call radical vulnerability, is really only possible for someone who has established both strong personal boundaries, and a deep connection to her own core, the Essence, or inner Self. Here are some conclusions, along with a couple of exercises: one for creating energetic boundaries, the second for deepening your relationship with your own vulnerable self.

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One Response to “Finding the Vulnerable Heart, Part Two”

  1. jyot

    Thank you for this article.
    I have been going through such openings and though I’m not impatient, sometimes it just goes on and on, personal grief, inspirations for the country, pain of the world, wish to offer oneself to life itself, merging into love for divine. The only wish is that I want to have more and more space and time for it in my life.
    It has brought a complete paradigm shift in my life, about the limitations of mainstream (American) psychology and its assumptions about human life, its goals and the path… which we entered in our illusory search for ‘self-actualisation’.
    Right search wrong place!

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