Why Creating Sanctuary Takes Bravery

August 10, 2017

Brene Brown bravery quote - Helen Joy Butler

At the start of her book The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown says “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do”.

This isn’t a quote I know well (I mean, it’s not the first quote that comes to mind when sharing one!) but when I went looking for a quote on bravery to support my message today, I knew Brene’s book wouldn’t let me down.

You see, one night last week, after I had done my gratitude practice and reminded myself of my pockets of sanctuary throughout the day, I had three words pop into my head.

Sanctuary Takes Bravery

At the time I thought “Man I hope I remember that in the morning” and promptly drifted off to sleep.

When I woke up the next morning I had, of course, completely forgotten that I had reminded myself not to forget – but then I thought “I think there was something I was supposed to remember from last night?” and thankfully those three important words popped back into my consciousness.

Sanctuary Takes Bravery

What does even mean?

I took time to connect with these three words and did a short (10 minute) video on why sanctuary takes bravery – and why following the sanctuary path might be one of the bravest (and life changing) things you will ever do.

When I shared this video on the HJB Facebook page, these were some of the responses:

  • Thanks Helen. This is a great thought you had when drifting off! It’s true. It does require bravery. And belief in oneself.
  • Mmmmmmm. Thoughtful way Helen. Made me think.
  • Oooh so powerful Helen!!

I hope my words help you think about your relationship with sanctuary – and how being brave is a necessary part of the journey.


Why creating sanctuary takes bravery {video} - Helen Joy Butler


What came up for you after you listened in? Please let me know in the comments!

With much love,

Helen xx

PS If you’d like my help to create sanctuary in your life pop over to my coaching page.

Helen Joy Butler - Intuitive Professional Organiser and Elemental Space Clearer


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