Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Gifts of Imperfection: Living Wholeheartedly

The Gifts of Imperfection: Living Wholeheartedly

Another interview with Brene Brown---I know, I'm obsessed. I'm reading the books right now and finding so much agreement with the things Brene has researched, and the other wisdom I find, especially in the Bible. The truth will set you free---telling the truth about ourselves and our imperfections. Confession as a release from bondage. Repentance as a change in lifestyle, not just a verbal rubber stamp.

The choices that Brene speaks about that will change lives are the same practices that my faith requires of me. Brene does not speak of these choices from a faith perspective, but she does word them in a new way that makes my faith perspective easier to understand and hold fast.

Click on the second title to get to the audio for the interview.  (It is a radio interview and does include some annoying advertisements.)

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

More From Brene Brown

The UP Experience from Brené Brown on Vimeo.

I viewed this video this evening.  It plays better if you press play, and then pause it until it is completely loaded.  She speaks for a wide audience, so the topic is not openly spiritual, but it is loaded with spiritual implications.  What is the difference between shame and guilt?  Why does guilt allow us to make amends while shame does not?  If everyone experiences shame, why are some weighed down and controlled by it while others are able to experience it and heal and move on?  Is it different to say, "I am someone who sins" than it is to say "I am a sinner"?  How do we keep in our minds that we are a creation of God, and still understand fully that to be human includes messing up and making up?  Brene does not frame her research in these terms.  I'm working on this in my own head.