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A great place to drop by on the Internet if you have a few minutes is a site called TEDTALKS. They bill themselves as a place that has “Ideas worth Spreading.”

Here is one of the TALKS sent to me by my friend Deacon Rob.In his ministry work Rob is a friend to those on the street and he liked this presentation by  Brene Brown, who  is a research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.

She poses the questions: How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

Brene’s talk is one of the longer ones I have posted. It takes her a few minutes to get to the heart of her topic so stick with it. This talk is about how we connect as people and how by being vulnerable we can actually grow stronger.

Sit back and relax and take a 20 minutes to learn about the connections between  vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.

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