Vulnerability. Shame. Feeling that you’re not enough.
These are emotions that we have to face when we are around animals. We open up to them and find ourselves facing these feelings that we might have at one point or another buried deep inside our mind somewhere. I strongly believe that this is why humans make such miraculous changes, sometimes immediately, when they’re interacting with or in the presence of an animal.
Here, for a change, is a video of Dr. Brene Brown talking about human emotion.
Animals can be the best therapists! I know from experience and I can confidently say that they have taught me that, in order to form and build a connection, I have to embrace vulnerability. This is what Dr. Brown talks about, in more detail, in this TEDtalk video.
And wouldn’t you think it takes a lot of courage to make a connection with an animal or fellow human? In this video, I learned the amazing, latin-root meaning of the word ‘courage’: To tell who you are with your whole heart. Isn’t that beautiful? To me, it explained perfectly what it takes to build a connection with any living being. We have to have the courage to be imperfect, if we don’t, any animal will see right through our mask.
We have to learn to let go of who we think we should be in order to be who we are, because this is how we will form our connection with animals and other humans. One that will last!
Fully embrace vulnerability. It’s not comfortable, but it’s most definitely necessary.
That is the beauty of animals! Don’t you think so? You can never truly hide or numb your emotions, to disguise who you, are around animals. You have to let yourself be deeply seen!
I loved this video, and what we learn from it, as well as what we learn from being with animals. All of these lessons carry effortlessly over to our personal, human lives.