What is true vulnerability?
We hear a lot about it lately.
How to be a leader or relate to people we have to be vulnerable.
Yet there is not a lot of talk about how to truly be vulnerable.
Do we have to be vulnerable the same way to everyone?
And what does real vulnerability really look like?
We have to reveal how scared we are or how uncertain we are what to do.
Yet all of these ideas around vulnerability only deal with one side of the equation.
It makes vulnerability all about us.
What about the other person or people?
For real vulnerability to exist there needs to be a certain environment.
One of safety first and foremost.
Yet there also needs to be space for someone else to be vulnerable.
Vulnerability does not have to be loud or overly expressive.
It can be quiet and patient.
And it can be open and waiting.
It is not just about us.
For being truly present with others is actually the most vulnerable place we can be.
Because it opens us up to feeling their pain and suffering.
It allows us to empathize with them on a whole new level.
Vulnerability takes empathy on all sides.
It also requires the safety that everyone feels heard and listened to.
Which take more presence than we realize.
So what do you need to do to cultivate quiet vulnerability in your own life?
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant
Host of The Conscious Consultant Hour