Welcome to the heartbeat of Integrative Counsel, our blog where tranquility meets transformation. This is your sanctuary for insights and wisdom on nurturing a harmonious connection between mind, body, and spirit.
Being in therapy is vulnerable. Finally, you are fleshing out the parts of you that you didn’t want anyone else to see, and you feel exposed. You feel safer when you build walls when you don’t share parts of yourself or let anyone else in. Eventually, you are left feeling alone and stuck on the thought that no one truly understands you. Avoiding vulnerability is like avoiding doing your dishes–if you let it go for too long, it will pile up and become worse and worse to deal with.
Letting yourself be known is a beautiful thing! Don’t let your fear of yourself get in the way of you seeking help. Instead, let vulnerability and all that comes with it be your superpower. The positivity that comes from vulnerability can be like a group of superheroes that guide and watch over you.
Most of the negative feelings surrounding the idea of vulnerability that our minds create is the fear of what other people will think of you. This is a battle that can be fought by one of your superheroes, Fearless Man! Instead of letting fear disempower him, Fearless Man lets his fears empower him instead! You can be scared of emotional exposure without letting your scary thoughts stop you from taking action. Instead, let it invigorate you and help you grow.
Another superhero that can help you let vulnerability be your superpower is Inner Self Master. The Inner Self Master is one who has, (you guessed it!) mastered the inner self! They aren’t afraid to take responsibility for themselves and their actions. One of the wonderful things about therapy is that you learn to become more self-aware and in control of your darker inner self. The Inner Self Master knows that they aren’t a victim of their circumstances, and they also know that despite anything that’s broken them down in life, it is their responsibility to heal and build themselves back up.
The final superhero that you should embody to let vulnerability be your superpower is Mega-Poised. Mega-Poised is amazing because she knows who she is and isn’t ashamed of it. She is willing to accept both the light and dark within her, share her highest highs and lowest lows, and baring her flaws and weaknesses to the world so that they no longer have any power over her.
This is how you fight the heaviness that wants to overthrow you. The battle between you and your weaknesses can be won by you accepting that they are apart of you and embracing them so that they can no longer hurt you. This is what you should be trying to embody every day, even if your pains seem too heavy to face.
Starting with a creative written voice and a BA in English from ASU, Alli Cravener has become so much more than Integrative Counsel’s voice! Not only is she a writer who is passionate about connecting concepts and content, Alli is also currently a grad student working towards her Master’s in Counseling. She is also the editor-in-chief, office manager, AND intake specialist at Integrative Counsel. When you call us, you’ll talk to Alli! Alli’s interests include painting, history, learning about other people, and wearing the color pink. She likens herself to a “mouse in a palm tree”, and she loves it that way.
October 21, 2020
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