What I learned about Wholehearted Living

I recently had the amazing opportunity to attend The Daring Way Certification program for clinicians, which is based on the work of Brene Brown. Through this training and the Daring Way curriculum, I have learned the qualities of wholehearted living and have already been able to apply these in my own life.

If you don’t know about Brene Brown, check out her TED talk (Listening to Shame) here: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame

Or read one of her NY Times bestselling books: Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, The Gifts of Imperfection

Wholehearted living defined:

“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection


How do you live wholeheartedly?

Brene goes on to identify ten qualities people living a wholehearted life have in common. They are:

  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 “Supposed To
  10. Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”


I hope to take a more in-depth look at each of the guideposts over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Do you want to know more about how to cultivate these principals in your own life? Look for one of my upcoming Daring Way Groups!


This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s