19 March 2013

Stop 'foreboding joy'

Last night I was reminded of gratitude (or my lack thereof) and picked up Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts, which I haven't finished yet. Today I watched the best interview of Dr. Brené Brown on Oprah's Soul Sunday and learned something important.

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor, speaker, author on the subjects of vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She talked about the power of vulnerability leads to confidence and risking, showing up, sharing ourselves and our stories. Being open to life and people and experiences versus shutting down, being very guarded etc.

She said, "When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, joy becomes foreboding."
You know, when things are going well and you are waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Foreboding (adj.) means "implying or seeming to imply that something bad is going to happen" 
Yikes, I didn't know that is what it's called!  :(  We cannot dress rehearse tragedy!
Not enjoying the JOY will not protect us and may cause regret.

The answer is simply to practice gratitude. Daily. Gratitude and joy go together. It's time to start a simple conscious gratitude practice.

Today I'm grateful for:
1. yoga with Leila 
2. my husband's patience
3. a juicy navel orange

Link to the whole episode:

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