Hide and Seek – The Power of Being Found
Do you remember playing Hide and Seek? Do you remember your heart racing as the seeker approached? I can still feel the thrill that came when the seeker, who was so close I could touch her, walked right on by without seeing me. I was a good hider.
I can still be a good hider as an adult. I hide when I have struggles that I keep hidden from important people in my life. I hide when I have tensions with a co-worker and don’t share them honestly. I hide when I get excited by a new idea, and then fail to act on it.
One of the things that makes us tired in life is hiding. It leads to a certain loneliness, and it can easily spin off into feelings like discouragement, resentment, and fear. It can lead to that late-night brownie binge, to procrastination, or a thousand other forms of “energy management.”
Do you remember your disappointment when the seeker found you, and you had to come out of hiding? Being found can be really hard. It can also save our lives.
What if being found is actually a hallmark of spiritual development? What if we made a practice of being found? Yes, the practice is called vulnerability.
Vulnerability is a sharing our real self with a trusted other. And if you want fuel for your spiritual growth, be real about your joys, sorrows, resentments, etc. with someone important to you.
Said another way, when we find and share our truest self, we can then be found by others. And in this meeting place good things flower: Love, hope, possibility, validation, acceptance—these gifts emerge in that sacred space when we are found, when we make a deep connection through our vulnerability.
One more thing. Keep an eye out for others who may be hiding. You just might help them to be found.