Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.
Vulnerability. It opens us up to the possibility of immense joy and overwhelming heartbreak. It is the core of who we are – it is our humanity. It is the field where souls collide and our oneness is realized. Vulnerability is showing up and opening up and breaking down and being at peace with uncertainty. It is loving and being loved in spite of fear until, perhaps, there is no fear. It is everything. And, it is nothing. It is the absence of barriers and the welcoming of what actually is.
For my contribution to our project this month, I chose a self-portrait. I decided to show up – literally. And, it wasn’t easy for me. I have never taken a self-portrait of this kind before. I don’t care for the way I look in photographs. And, I often find it difficult to step outside of my comfort zone photographically and to then share the results with others. It’s difficult to put myself out there in that way. Because of this, a self-portrait seemed the perfect image to accompany my thoughts on vulnerability.
I leave you with a quote from Brene Brown who, it could be said, is an “expert” on vulnerability. I hope her words resonate with you as they did with me.
“One of the deepest paradoxes about vulnerability [is that] when I meet you, vulnerability is a very first thing I try to find in you and it’s the very last thing I want to show you in me . . . It’s all about our community humanity and, when we own our stories and we share our stories with one another and we see ourselves reflected back in the stories of the people in our lives, we know we’re not alone. And to me, that’s the heart of wholeheartedness, it’s the center of spirituality. To me, that’s the nature of connection, to be able to see myself and hear myself and learn more about myself in the stories you tell about your experiences.”
Our Different Sameness is the combined effort of a group of photographers seeking to explore our human connection through images and words. In our attempt to authentically capture what may prove to be intangible and elusive, we seek only to journey together honestly. Every month, we will explore what it means to be human, and how we experience life as part of a collective. Our goal is not only to explore these themes, but to celebrate the sameness we find within them. To learn more about the project and view our work, visit us here.