I AM HERE TO ACT AND DO
They say that humans can make up to 35,000 choices in a day. That means that we have 35,000 opportunities to shine or shame. Shame is defined as, “a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour.”
And yet, we are here on earth to act and do – we are made to act and do. So why do we carry so much shame? Perhaps it is because of the constant bombardment from the media and the outside world, which creates a lack of listening to our inner wisdom and voice, leaving us with a feeling of discontent out of fear of making the wrong choice, so we hang on. We get pulled in by advertising and then we are shamed with opposing advertising. Success requires us to ingest, process, absorb and then let shit go with confidence and relief.
Mindfulness: The goal is for you to shine in every way you possibly can without shame. This means that your light shines not only enough for you to clearly see what is right and that it can also become a beacon for others. What gives you that painful feeling of shame and what can you do to stop feeling this? It may have become a habit to feel shame, so perhaps the change needs to be made in self-acceptance and your level of perfectionism. Perhaps it is time to accept that you just might step out of line once or twice out of 35, 000 and give yourself some grace. On the other hand, we can blame our pasts only so much until it is time to realize that we are the only ones in control of how we act. One’s ego can be very high maintenance, which can be very expensive emotionally, physically and monetarily. This is what feeds the shadow we call shame. What are you doing that is feeding shame? Whatever it is, in order for you to truly succeed and to shine, let it go.
Shining a bright inner light also requires us to be brave; brave enough to do what is right – and right is the key word because what is right? Right is the choice that aligns your mind, your eyes and intuition, your voice, your heart your gut intelligence. Shining without shame may involve disappointing another or others; therefore, you must be brave and confident enough in your own light to let another down or even to look like a failure or a fool at times because you know that you have not failed, and that eventually this choice will become a beacon of light for others when you lights shines brighter than ever.
You have to be able to breathe in and breathe out without pain – fire needs air. Shame is defined as a painful feeling, and anyone who lives with it knows this. Go back to each one of the seeds and ask yourself what you need to do to truly obtain success and to shine with purity and grace.
Our solar plexus is where many of our sympathetic nervous system nerve endings come together to tell us if we should fight, fight or freeze. If you are living in pain in this area your body cannot function properly. Make a promise to your entire body and being that when you feel pain in this area you will step back and re-evaluate. This is our brain-gut connection. Your gut trusts your brain and your brain trusts your gut and this knowledge is where power comes from.
Movement: If your physical core needs strengthening, begin with strengthening your emotional and mental core.
Meditation: If we are really to make conscious choices that lead us to shine without shame, we must make them with our mind and Our gut intelligence – that place that really tells us right from wrong, whatever that may be for you. Remove all of the other voices and listen to you. The best way to tap into this inner wisdom is through daily meditation.
More: Seed 5: Shine without Shame for freedom and resilience.