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Karma Kitaj: Dare to Love Yourself First

How many people do you know who live from a place of expansiveness, creativity, and a sense of worthiness?

I just read a compelling book by social work researcher Brené Brown called The Gifts of Imperfection. She gathered many people’s stories and looked for clues about what distinguishes those who feel worthy (whom she calls “wholehearted”) from those who struggle with feeling worthy. She then compiled guideposts for how to achieve that sense of worthiness in our own lives, a great challenge for most of us. See her TED talk.

Brown discovered that these qualities separate out Wholehearted people from those who struggle with feeling whole:

• The courage to validate our own imperfection,

• Compassion to be kind to ourselves first,

• Connection with others, and

• Expression of vulnerability

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