Behold

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“TRUE VULNERABILITY IS AN ART. IT IS THE ART OF ALLOWING ONES’ SELF TO BE SEEN.”
– Dani Shapiro

The only way I know to get to the place of an undefended heart is through letting myself be seen, witnessed in a full circle way; meaning the mess, the majesty, the primal and evolved.

In this very short video my take away was compassion;

An empathetic response to the courage these disabled/disfigured people exhibited

In letting themselves be seen in forms our culture deems “imperfect.”

I watch my own musculature

Increasingly diminished through disuse.

My beautiful muscles melting,

Leaving skin which seems lonely for the old job

Of being a lovely envelope; taut and electric.

I have compassion, also for the public reaction

To seeing disfigurement in a store window

Where they expected nothing less than the opportunity for style or beauty

Which met their habitual criteria.

Not getting it- they turn away with the relief that they can..

There are a few smiles of recognition in the video

Of folks with a clear eye for beauty.

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