The title and introduction to Brene Brown’s new book, “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” really grabbed my attention. I found as part of my own spiritual journey, I’ve had to go through some really challenging “wilderness” times—moments of transition where things were not easy or necessarily very clear. At times, sorrow or fear threatened to overwhelm me. But at other times, right in the midst of a difficult period, I would feel a lightening, a lifting off of whatever was making me feel so dark. And it was replaced by a buoyant, hopeful, joyful sense.
A pretty awesome experience.
Now thinking of this from a spiritual perspective, I’ve discovered these wilderness times can be ones of incredible growth and personal progress. I’ve found in my own life and in helping others, Brene’s identification of key issues as part of these experiences are indeed what so many of us are yearning to feel—a sense of belonging; and what we need to do—stand alone. Learning to be comfortable and confident “in your own skin” gives a depth, substance, and enjoyment to life that everyone is capable of and deserves to feel.
I’m really looking forward to reading this book when in comes out in the fall. Perhaps you are too.