Walking Into Our Stories Is the Bravest Thing We’ll Ever Do

According to social scientist Dr. Brené Brown:

“Walking into our stories is the bravest thing we will ever do”

But also the most productive vehicle for learning who we are and what we believe in.

“Rumbling with our stories….leads us to a deeper understanding of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and gives birth to key learnings about our values and our capabilities. It’s where whole-heartedness is cultivated and change begins.”

Taking an honest appraisal begins with cultivating an attitude of curiosity- about the “facts in the story- the assumptions we are making, and checking out and challenging the stories we are telling ourselves. Stories about:

  • Who we are
  • What others think of us
  • What our capabilities and worthiness entitles us to do and be.

(Hint- It’s so much more than we are allowing ourselves to experience.)

It continues with an ability to give the “others” in our world the benefit of the doubt while drawing clear and specific boundaries with them.

It involves a process of letting go of unrealistic expectations of others and being willing to communicate our needs and wants without blame or judgment.

And finally it requires the self-compassion to realize our common humanity- we all make mistakes, we’re all afraid underneath and yet we all have so much more to offer the world.

If the idea of spending a weekend with a group of soul-sisters exploring where you might be stuck, where you want to go and what your true heart desires appeals to you – I hope you’ll join me for my upcoming Rising Strong Island Retreat, September 21-23rd on Whidbey Island.

In this Weekend Workshop we’ll explore the tools to help you

  • Identify the barriers that are holding you back from realizing your dreams
  • Let go of self-doubt and criticism
  • Tap into your most authentic self and practice speaking your truth to yourself and in all your relationships
  • Quit offloading hurt and start moving forward setting clear boundaries with others
  • Learn to “ask for what you want” in a loving and non-confrontational manner

It has been nothing short of awe inspiring to watch as I’ve shared this method with my clients in individual sessions and in the Living Brave Workshops.

To see how each person has applied these methods to their own struggles and to watch as they have become transformed

  • Healing relationships
  • Gaining self-confidence
  • Making tough decisions
  • Drawing healthy boundaries
  • Defining clear values which guide their road ahead

I would love to share this work with you. Please join me for my upcoming Rising Strong Island Retreat.

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Here’s what others are saying…

“This experience was like a spa for the soul- I gained so much clarity-wisdom and inspiration it cleansed my spirit and opened my path”

“Cynthia’s warm and compassionate presence helped all of us feel safe enough to explore our vulnerabilities and cultivate our possibilities with each other which is where the magic happened for me”

“The combination of hearing Brené’s tapes and then having a chance to complete the exercises and share with others was a perfect way to access and then process the wealth of information contained in the workshop”

“Just taking a weekend away from kids and work and responsibilities to focus on my self and my process was a huge gift!”

“Cynthia has such an incredible presence and ability to respond to each persons story with so much wisdom and tenderness- picking out the golden nuggets in each person for them to take home”

And early bird special pricing until August 15th to save another $100!

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Meet Cynthia Benge

A therapist for over 20 years, I guide people from their own “stuck” places to a life full of adventure, meaning and satisfying relationships.

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