Posts by Erik Stoop

Erik Stoop is a graphic designer and web developer with a passion for writing. He has a keen interest in spiritual and philosophical topics and is currently working on his first book. He blogs at voicefromthewild.com. You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram

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The World Is Not My Enemy – Why I’m Trying to Let My Guard Down

“Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the centre of meaningful human experiences” ~Brené Brown

From a young age I learned that the world is not a safe place—that there are bullies out there that want to harm me and that I have to watch my back. I developed defense mechanisms in order to protect myself, or perhaps those mechanisms had been there all along, programmed into my psychology by millions of years of evolution.

Maybe these mechanisms served me in certain situations as they did my ancestors; telling me when to fight and when to run away. But as I …