10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living

  1. Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think
  2. Cultivating Self‐Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism
  3. Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness
  4. Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
  5. Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty
  6. Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison
  7. Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self‐Worth
  8. Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle
  9. Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self‐Doubt and “SupposedTo”
  10. Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”

sub rosa

“Maybe stories are just data with a soul”


Being a super-cool-critical European intellectual, I must admit I have some issues with the work of Brené Brown. One part of me want to label her work on “how to love your own imperfect self, while you are daring greatly in a wholehearted way” as some kind typical American Positivism designed for already successful people, while another part of me finds her research really convincing, ground-breaking, and brave!
So; following dr. Brown’s advise on thinking twice before deciding (or as Kahneman would have put it: contacting system 2) , I end up siding with my own second thoughts: Brené Brown’s work is well worth studying!
Brown is talking a lot about Wholeheartedness, but what exactly does it mean to be wholehearted? Here is how she defines it:

The capacity to engage in our lives with…

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