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Quote: The Porcupine Effect August 26, 2012

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I received the following quote from a loyal blog reader and sangha friend in response to the Brene Brown video on vulnerability posted earlier:

Joan Halifax (Being with Dying) talks about overcoming “the porcupine effect”:

“Some of us have dependency issues, and a hard time receiving support from others, thus we may repress our fundamental tenderness toward each other. All too often our so-called strength comes from fear, not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but sturdy, then we can risk having a front that’s soft and open, representing choiceless compassion.”

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