These definitions have helped me on my own journey with my daughter...... and in life. Brene' Brown is a PHD research professor at the University of Houston. She studies shame, vulnerability, innovation, creativity, love & courage.....she's written many books which I've found extremely helpful) LOVE: We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between 2 people when it exists within each of them—we can only love others as much as we love ourselves. Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare. BELONGING: Belonging is the innate human desire to be a part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self acceptance. Belonging is being who you are versus Fitting in which is assessing what is necessary to be accepted. CONNECTION: Is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued. when they can give and receive without judgement and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. FAITH: Faith is the place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.