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vulnerability Dec 21, 2020

Have you had times in your life, where you have been afraid to be vulnerable? Do you crave intimacy, yet because of life experiences are cautious and untrusting of others? Have you been burned one too many times, that the idea of being vulnerable appears impossible? 


Vulnerability is something many fear. It's common to be afraid of getting close to people. People are afraid for so many reasons, including worrying others will take advantage of their weaknesses, and continue to dig in wounds. It is understandable after painful experiences, trauma and difficult relationships to avoid being vulnerable, however it isn't healthy to keep people at a distance for a lifetime. 


There are times in our lives when we are naturally vulnerable without knowing. Mothers having babies place themselves and their new born in complete trust of those who are supporting with the delivery of their children. People who go to health professionals for advice and open up become vulnerable sharing their deepest thoughts and feelings. In the classroom, children are no longer with their parents and open to a world of many different kinds of interactions, from peers and staff. When we climb a mountain or swim in the ocean, we may not think of our vulnerability unless it begins to feel unsafe. This level of openness and trust can be weaved into our relationships to help us experience love and intimacy. 


Honouring and Serving,
Simran K. Rattan MD
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