When we don’t reach out to others, we allow them AND ourselves to sit alone in our shame, and by doing so we feed shame two of the ingredients it needs to survive: silence and secrecy. Using shame to fight shame doesn’t work. And using shame as a tool to try and change others doesn’t work, either. We can, however, all benefit from shared empathy. Empathy is what helps extinguish shame in its tracks.
1.44 Billion. No, that’s not the amount Star Wars raked in opening weekend, or the number of cheeseburgers served by McDonalds in a day. That’s the number of Active Facebook users currently. Along with 300 Million Instagram users, and 284 Million Twitter users. (thanks, Google). We’re engulfed with it. At first, […]
“May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.” -Marianne Williamson In times like these… with horrific attacks occurring across the world, killing innocent, beautiful lives, it is easy to […]