This past year, a friend gave me Brene Brown's book Braving the Wilderness. I needed it. I loved it. I then ordered another one of her books, Rising Strong. I needed it. I loved it. I have recently ordered both on CD so that I can listen and listen to them on my daily drives to and from places.
Brown identifies and articulates so much about ourselves as individuals and as a collective, and even better, she offers some skills and steps to overcome some of the trouble spots we have as humans.
In Braving the Wilderness, Brown talks about the fear and the disconnection that we are experiencing in our lives and helps us address the fear and conflict to move toward one another in courage and love. It's a much needed read for us in the midst of such divisive times.
"Addressing this crisis will require a tremendous amount of courage. For the moment, most of us are either making the choice to protect ourselves from conflict, discomfort, and vulnerability by staying quiet, or picking sides and in the process slowly and paradoxically adopting the behavior of the people we're fighting. Either way, the choices we're making to protect our beliefs and ourselves are leaving us disconnected, afraid, and lonely. Very few people are working on connection outside the lines drawn by 'their side'. Finding love and true belonging in our shared humanity is going to take a tremendous resolution."
Brown then goes on to teach us how to "brave some serious wilderness" through four practices. I need her writing to inform and teach me. I need and am grateful for friends to practice braving in the wilderness so that we might ultimately "become the wilderness".
You can check out the table of contents and reviews of this book here.