unguarded serves as a tool to move me forward in my own spiritual formation and journey toward emotional wholeness.  As a type 1 on the Enneagram (you should know about the Enneagram if you don’t – it will change your life), I struggle with perfectionism and moral absolutes.  I often find myself stuck believing in one correct way of doing things.  I hold myself and others accountable to unrealistic expectations.  I seldom offer myself grace.  So, by calling on myself to be unguarded, I am moving toward relinquishing perfectionism.  By witnessing messiness in the world around me and finding wonder in it, I am opening up to the possibilities that chaos and spontaneity hold.  And by sharing my truths, I am practicing courage and acknowledging the wisdom and validity of my own experiences.

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