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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
by Brené Brown

Published: 2017-09-12
Hardcover : 208 pages
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection

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“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”

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Brene has written questions and a worksheet. They can be found at http://brenebrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BTW_AtHome_Worksheet_.pdf

Here are some highlights:

Chapter One: “We all experience moments that, when left unspoken and unresolved, send us searching desperately for belonging and settling for tting in.” When we think about our families, are we creating a culture where everyone feels safe enough to reality-check the stories we make up when we’re in struggle?

Are we intentionally learning about courage, vulnerability, and true belonging together?

Not belonging in our families is still one of the most dangerous hurts. It has the power to break our heart, our spirit, and our sense of self-worth. Are we talking to one another about what it means to build a belonging family verses a "fitting-in” family?

Are there permission slips that we can encourage each other to write and can we support each other in showing up in more courageous ways?





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by [email protected] (see profile) 12/05/19

Well written with a lot of take aways.

 
by Connie H. (see profile) 12/29/18

 
by Ljwagoner (see profile) 02/10/18

Every time I step into Brene’ Brown’s books, I am challenged to continue my vulnerability journey. The subject matter in this book is so timely for it challenges me to stay present, be vulnerable... (read more)

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