Growing up, it was expected that we behaved in a way that protected the family reputation due to the desire of maintaining a certain image for our family. My whole life I was told to “keep our family drama private,” that it was not anything I needed to share. So, instead I turned to yoga. I felt that my mat was the only place I was able to truly feel whatever I was going through without anyone else’s judgment. It became my therapeutic home base— the place that continuously gave me a feeling of peace no matter what was going on around me.
Recently, my sister’s recovery brought light to a secret 10 year substance addiction when it came out to the public. She made her first speech at Pace Amademy and the draw for her story grew from there. She was quickly on the cover of her law school’s magazine and interviewed for 11 Alive news.
The result of this is… Talk about finding your truth without other peoples judgments.
Brene Brown, doctoral author on courage through vulnerability, teaches that sharing your shame story can be one of the most powerful paths to healing it. She states, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
I am incredibly proud of my sister and my entire family for enduring this process together. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a village-like support system to help save a life. View a commercial of my strong sister’s journey here.
Is there something deep inside you that you fear sharing to everyone around you? Lean in. Listen. Maybe that’s the story that will make your life one of service.
Ain’t No Shame,
Kelsey Reed Armbruster
Founder of Innercise Yoga, LLC