Wholeheartedly allowing yourself to be untamed

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"We are all filled with a longing for the wild. There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We were taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed." — Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Wholehearted, as shame and vulnerability researcher Brene Brown defines it, is "a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness."

Wholeheartedness is engagement.

Wholeheartedness is rooted in self-worth.

Throughout all of [wholehearted & wild] you have been acknowledging your fears and setting them aside to do the work that your heart says yes to.

Wholeheartedness is vulnerability, laying yourself bare and speaking your truth.

Even if you have not read all of these notes of encouragement, listened to all of the audio meditations or done all of the prompts and exercises, wanting to be more engaged is engagement in itself.

You can build on that desire for engagement.

Come back to this material whenever you need. Take time to go back through the parts that resonant and work on continued growth in those areas.

The world needs your splendor. Your grit. Your gifts.

The principle task of your journey is to allow yourself to expand beyond the perceived limits of your experience.

You have a wild heart beating within you beneath your ribs, full of vital life-affirming blood and expansive love.

You have a deep-throated howl, emanating from your belly, with which to call your sisters.

Taut, sinewy limbs that stand firmly on the earth before you, protective of your space and the world that you love and care for.

Bring forth your charms, your fears, your strengths, your wisdom—lay everything before you and see how much you have to offer, how much of you deserves to thrive in this world without restraint.

There is no other purpose to be on this earth other than to live as you see fit. Take that purpose upon yourself.

Shape yourself, those around you, and each part of the world you touch with the love and vision you inhabit.

You have a full heart with which to hold the whole world, yourself included.

Make use of that heart.

Make use of your desire to touch the lives of others with beauty and peace and all of your knowledge.

Make use of your soft, strong body and be wholly grateful for all the ways that it helps you move.

You are a wild, resplendent beast.

Take that not as an insult, but as an exulting title that shows your strength and the ease with which you bare your soul. Rejoice in what makes you beautifully imperfect, earthy, fluid, and wholly divine.

You are a strong, wild woman, with limitless capacity for impacting this world.

Iris Rankin

Soulful questioner, exuberant organizer, here to find the balance between discipline and delicious relaxation. Iris Rankin is the founder of Project Intention, a values-based community focused on living day-to-day with purpose, planning, and heart. Iris encourages women to adopt the self care practices that make them feel divine, the planning tools to hone in on their essential wants and needs, and the emotional resilience to express their most authentic selves.

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