I learned early on that shame is one of the biggest confidence busters. Being ashamed of something we think we are or did is crippling. The weight of guilt and condemnation is oppressive, and it zaps any confidence we had. It makes it nearly impossible to have healthy relationships because we mask who we really are and are susceptible to being taken advantage of and manipulated.
Because shame makes us feel
This state of being creates chaos in our minds and tells us we deserve less than we hope for. Shame whispers that we are not enough, can’t be forgiven, and don’t deserve love. That is a dangerous place to be.
The antidote is forgiveness.
Learning to forgive yourself is a great act of self-love. Forgiveness opens the way for shame to leave. Forgiveness accepts that bad things happen whether meant for harm or by accident and that all things have...
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