I hope that many of you enjoyed the Brene Brown groups reading Braving the Wilderness as much as we did.
In fact, we enjoyed the book so much that we have decided to read another one. We will be reading Brené Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection and meeting on the first and third Thursdays at 11am, sometimes Upper Level, sometimes Lower Level, depending on other activities at Unity. Let me know if you want to join.
Brown is a leading expert in shame and authenticity. Her research is the basis for this book: after collecting and analyzing thousands of stories from men and women ages 18 to 87, Brown started seeing surprising patterns.
The ingredients she had thought contributed to a happy, fulfilling life didn’t seem to be the right ones after all. Participants who were living “amazing and inspiring lives” reported embracing imperfection and vulnerability and being grateful and authentic. As Brown writes, they talked about these things “in a way that was completely new to me.”
These participants were living life and loving with their whole hearts.
What Brown found in these stories started to change her own perspective on life and how she was living it. She even experienced a breakdown—her therapist called it a spiritual awakening—which she talks candidly about in the book. She recounts her own journey toward authenticity and accepting imperfection, complete with embarrassing and eye-opening experiences.