Here’s some new images from my self-care art journal, which have started to focus on the theme of vulnerability, inspired by the always amazing work and teachings of Brené Brown:
In relationship to self-care and trauma work, an awareness of our own personal and professional vulnerabilities and willingness to be open to these are valuable insights to strengthening our practice and connections with those we serve.
I think this open and authentic look into myself and self care practices can only help me become more aware and present with the work I do and hopefully protect against trauma exposure responses we are also so vulnerable to.
For more information on trauma exposure, this fact sheet about secondary traumatic stress from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a helpful resource for warning signs, prevention and intervention ideas.
Working on these pages also inspired me to re-visit Brené’s 2010 TEDx Talk about the power of vulnerability. The talk features Brené’s research and own journey on the topic to better understand her process and the longing we face to be truly open, connected, loved, and worthy:
Exploration of the vulnerability topic also spontaneously surfaced in my 365 revo’lution this week on Day 252. A welcomed surprise around my intentions of service & trust!