“A phase of heightened vulnerability usually occurs when you’re forced to let go of someone or something that you were using to help shore you up a little. This exposes the deficiency you were compensating for by using that person or thing to prop you up. When you’ve been leaning on a rotten wall (lover, job, bad habit, etc.) and the wall suddenly collapses, you are momentarily unbalanced, and it is in this period, while striving to retrieve your balance, that you feel unsupported and vulnerable.
Vulnerability, however, is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability; it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable; quake and shake in your boots with it. The new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things, can only come to you when you’re vulnerable, i.e., open.”
Stephen Russell, in “Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the TAO”
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