Cultivating Courage and Vulnerability: A Mindfulness Training of the Heart

 

In the world of spirituality and practice, words like ‘courage’ and ‘vulnerability’ get tossed around so much, they often become overused and misunderstood when unaccompanied by action. And in many cultures, courage and vulnerability too often have associations with false bravado and weakness, respectively. Do terms like ‘man-up’ and ‘being too sensitive’ come to mind here?

 

So, what does it mean to cultivate these qualities in ourselves? In this course, we’ll explore the associations we make with these words and redefine them in a context of mindfulness and meditation. Courage and vulnerability are interconnected because we can’t be courageous (expressing our authenticity from from the heart) without being vulnerable (laid bare in our emotions, transparent, defenseless).

 

This introductory course is created with newcomers to meditation in mind and to experienced meditators interested in delving deeper into featured topics. This space will foster an environment of mutual support. Together we will establish a safe and trusting community as we build and deepen an ongoing practice of meditation in service to cultivating our courage and vulnerability.

 

Each week builds on the previous instruction. Full attendance is encouraged in order to build a safe container for growing our practice together.

 

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • What is mindfulness?
  • Courage, vulnerability, and beginner’s mind
  • Dismantling internalized beliefs about strength and weakness
  • Committing to new ways of being in the moment
  • The power of forgiveness and self-compassion
  • Getting unstuck, one breath at a time
  • Sitting with difficult emotions
  • Learning to trust your voice

Make no mistake: meditation can be dull, hard, and boring sometimes. It can also be rapturous and peace-filled. Our aim is to establish an ongoing practice that welcomes the growth and healing that consistency can bring. This safe community creates the added benefit of sharing our experiences, personal stories, and progress as we process. Together. 

Register here.

4 online sessions:

Mondays: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

5pm – 6 PT / 6pm – 7pm MT / 7pm – 8pm CT / 8pm – 9pm ET

This course is open to ALL, and no prior meditation or writing experience is necessary.

Register here.

“It’s a Practice. It’s not a Perfect.” | Kriste on Nicole DeBoom’s Run This World Podcast

*Note: This article is penned by Nicole DeBoom

Kriste Peoples magically fell into my life when I was looking for local models for Skirt Sports. We’ve always worked hard to showcase real women from the community of all ages, sizes, ethnic diversity and more. From the first moment she smiled for the camera, it was obvious she was special.

Kriste has that glow. That magical glow that truly special people exude when they’re smiling (and even when they’re not smiling) – they light up the world from the inside out.

Kriste has been on the show before – Mile Repeat 7 from October 2018 – “Kriste Peoples Says YES.” Because that has always been her philosophy which you’ll hear more about today.

But what’s interesting is that she has also realized there are very important times to say no. Like when I reached out to her in June to talk about systemic racism in our country. She was so devastated by the events that had recently occurred that her answer at that time was… no.

 

This is so important to recognize because we do need to support those moments in our lives when we need to regroup, renourish our souls, find our new paths. I’m going through one right now myself.

 

Today Kriste has emerged stronger, with a deep emotional perspective on what is happening to our country. And she has also discovered some new tools to help find the calm within the storm – namely meditation. In fact she is launching her first ever guided meditation course called “Mindfulness: A Contemplative Intro to Awareness Meditation.” Check it out! It’s only $20 for 4 sessions starting November 16, 2020.

 

There are so many nuggets today that I decided to simply pull some quotes for you to simmer on and explore:

 

“I’m not in a sinkhole. I’m good.”

 

“It’s dangerous to walk this world in a black body.”

 

“Going outside of your comfort zone is going into the unknown.”

 

“Running is a moving meditation. It can offer some real restoration.”

 

“Trail running is my jam.”

 

“We can do hard things.”

 

“Meditation is a practice. It’s not a perfect.”

 

FINAL NUGGET “Celebrate yourself because every day is a new opportunity.”

 

For more on Nicole DeBoom, go to her website, and listen to her podcast Run this World ( & follow her on social @NicoleDeBoom)