While there will inevitably be some repeat from earlier books, I’m looking forward to reading and adding Brené Brown’s latest book to her others in my library. Maybe a Christmas present if funds allow? Its title is Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, and it was published earlier this month.
“…“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization…
Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after, as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”
She seems to put her finger on the relational challenges facing so many of us in the affluent West; on the existential angst so many of us feel, but can’t always name.
I also, and this is really the point of this post, want to highlight the recent Lewis Howes conversation with Brené Brown (downloadable via iTunes). The conversation, released on September 13th 2017, discusses her new book. Visit the School of Greatness webpage for the topics covered-off in the conversation. The YouTube video of the conversation can be seen here.