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The Enchanted Loom reviews Brene Brown's book, Braving the Wilderness


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From her years doing mixed methodology research as a social work professor at the University of Houston, Brene Brown has compiled an impressive resume as an expert on the topic of shame. In this book she intimately explores "the wilderness," those places in each of us where we are frequently fearful of adventuring. She's happy to lead us by the hand.

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Brene Brown's book, Braving the Wilderness

  1. 1. The Enchanted Loom Teasing sturdy threads from neuroscience masterworks
  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Brené Brown’s …
  3. 3. Thread 1: What all wilderness metaphors have in common are the notions of solitude, vulnerability, and an emotional, spiritual, or physical quest. (pg. 36)
  4. 4. Thread 2: The special courage needed to experience true belonging is not just about braving the wilderness. It’s about becoming the wilderness. It’s about breaking down the walls, abandoning our ideological bunkers and living from our wild heart rather than our weary hurt. (pg. 37)
  5. 5. “BRAVING” BOUNDARIES: You respect my boundaries, and when you’re not clear about what’s okay or not okay, you ask. You’re willing to say no. RELIABILITY: You do what you say you’ll do. At work, this means staying aware of your competencies and limitations so you don’t overpromise and are able to deliver on commitments and balance competing priorities. ACCOUNTABILITY: You own your mistakes, apologize, and make amends. VAULT: You don’t share information or experiences that are not yours to share. I need to know that my confidences are kept, and that you’re not sharing with me any information about other people that should be confidential. INTEGRITY: You choose courage over comfort. You choose what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy. And you choose to practice your values rather than simply professing them. NONJUDGMENT: I can ask for what I need, and you can ask for what you need. We can talk about how we feel without judgment. GENEROSITY: You extend the most generous interpretation possible to the intentions, words, and actions of others. Thread 3:
  6. 6. Thread 4: Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will be discover the infinite power of our light. (pg. 61)
  7. 7. Thread 5: “You are only free when you realize you belong no place – you belong every place – no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” ~ Maya Angelou (pg. 5)
  8. 8. Thread 6: True belonging only happens when we present our authen- tic, imperfect selves to the world; our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance. (pg. 32)
  9. 9. Thread 7: True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are. It requires you to BE who you are. (pg. 40)
  10. 10. Thread 8: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit next to me.” - Sharing snark as a way to connect. (pg. 135)
  11. 11. Thread 9: Face-to-face connection is imperative for true belonging. Social media are helpful in cultiva- ting connection only to the extent that they’re used to create real community where there is structure, purpose and meaning. (pg. 140)
  12. 12. Thread 10: Human approval is one of our most treasured idols, and the offering we must lay at its hungry feet is keeping others com- fortable. Discomfort is the great deterrent of our generation. (pg. 151)
  13. 13. Thread 11: True belonging is the spiritual act of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacred- ness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are. (pg. 157) Once again with gusto!
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