Today, I tuned into Oprah's channel, OWN, and caught the tail end of her show, Super Soul Sunday. Have you ever watched this series? I really haven't watched it too many times but, today she was interviewing author, Dr. Brene Brown who wrote the book, Daring Greatly, a book about love, living wholeheartedly and being conscious of the energy that you bring around those closest to you. I was on my laptop doing some work and I stopped what I was doing to listen. Brown shared a part in the book called, The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto, that moved me to tears (I'm such a crybaby recently---SO not me).
|My Sunday view- laptops, white toes and Super Soul Sunday|
As a 30-something woman who has wished and longed for a child for so long, I can only imagine the love that a parent has for a child that they carried, birthed and watch grow every day. This episode is for everyone (parent or not). It was definitely life-changing for me. I live for these moments where I can read or hear something that can change my whole mindset and every aspect of my life for the better.
Brown's 'The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto:
"You will learn this from my words and actions—the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.
I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness.
You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace my own imperfections.
We will practice courage in our family by showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honoring vulnerability. We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will always be room in our home for both.
We will teach you compassion by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each other. We will set and respect boundaries; we will honor hard work, hope, and perseverance. Rest and play will be family values, as well as family practices.
You will learn accountability and respect by watching me make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how I ask for what I need and talk about how I feel.
I want you to know joy, so together we will practice gratitude.
I want you to feel joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.
When uncertainty and scarcity visit, you will be able to draw from the spirit that is a part of our everyday life.
Together we will cry and face fear and grief. I will want to take away your pain, but instead I will sit with you and teach you how to feel it.
We will laugh and sing and dance and create. We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here.
As you begin your Wholehearted journey, the greatest gift that I can give to you is to live and love with my whole heart and to dare greatly.
I will not teach or love or show you anything perfectly, but I will let you see me, and I will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you. Truly, deeply, seeing you".
Read more about Dr. Brene Brown's book here
I was already in love with the Super Soul Sunday series on OWN but, today's episode makes me want to tune in every week and I will be adding this book to my reading list. What are you doing that feeds your soul?