What happens when we seek softness over survival…

As humans, we often find ourselves in environments that require us to be strong and resilient. Whether it’s work, family, or personal struggles, we’re constantly faced with challenges that demand us to be tough and unyielding. But what if we actively sought out softer environments, where we could let our guard down and allow ourselves […]

As humans, we often find ourselves in environments that require us to be strong and resilient. Whether it’s work, family, or personal struggles, we’re constantly faced with challenges that demand us to be tough and unyielding. But what if we actively sought out softer environments, where we could let our guard down and allow ourselves to be vulnerable?

Survival is an important trait, of course it is – since the beginning of time we’re wired to drive our own survival… and nurturing that is an important aspect of our personal growth, but there is something to be said about actively seeking out softer environments that allow us to breathe and reconnect with ourselves.
These environments can take many forms, such as spending time in nature, practicing meditation, or engaging in creative activities that bring us joy. For me it is people and being around those that ground me.
When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable in softer environments, we tap into a wellspring of emotions and sensations that can help us to feel more grounded and present in our lives. We become more attuned to our inner selves, and we can better understand our needs and desires.
What’s more, actively seeking out softer environments can help us to build stronger connections with others. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we give others permission to do the same. We create a safe space for open communication and mutual support, and we can deepen our relationships with those around us.
So how can we actively seek out softer environments?
  1. Spend time in nature. Whether it’s a hike in the woods or a walk in the park, being in nature can help to ground us and bring us a sense of peace. Plants give you life! If you’re in an office for much of the day invest in a peace lily… it purifies the air, promotes restful sleep and removes mould spores from the air! Winner!

  2. Practice mindfulness. Engage in activities that bring you into the present moment, such as yoga, meditation. Or if you’re not into this – simple gentle breathing, focusing on your breathing, it increases energy, stimulates the lymphatic system and lowers blood pressure so decreases stress.

  3. Pursue creative activities. Whether it’s painting, writing, or playing music, engaging in creative pursuits can help us to tap into our emotions and express ourselves more fully.

  4. Connect with others. Seek out community that supports vulnerability and emotional openness, be picky with who you spend your time with.

When we flee our vulnerability, we lose our full capacity for feeling emotion.- Gabor Mate
By actively seeking out softer environments, we can bring more balance into our lives and cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and connection with others. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, consider taking a step back and seeking out a softer environment. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you for it.

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