The lines of shame are small and narrow.
They create an island inside life surrounding you in isolation.
Open to that shame.
Take a boat and sail to the big land.
Where you get a sense of others who are just like you.
Something was broken. Your trust, hopes or your context of belonging.
Something was wounded. Your love, the sense that life had or your aspirations.
Shame came in and tried simply to fix things.
Glued the separate pieces no matter how.
Get yourself back on your feet by leaving behind the question marks.
Did you notice that shame always stands
at the core of who you are,
always pointing to these places that make you - you.
It coloured these spots in black and white.
So take your colours and your brushes
start painting those places in new colours
All shame wants is for you to come close
to those isolated chunks
those grey painted hearts
on your uniqueness
and simply open you up.
You don’t have to use big words like
You can simply breathe and breathe deeply
because breathing little is not being in life.
You can simply come close,
become friends or curious
about those exiled desires and dreams of yours.
You can thank shame for helping you
uncover all the unwanted parts,
for protecting you from being ridiculed
maybe even protecting your life!
It shaped your messiness into strength
it took away rejection and brought
Open to that shame, the one that’s alive right now.
It’s not just in your childhood memories
or far away events.
It’s right here to remind you of the true precious vision
you carry throughout your life.
It’s moulding gold into mud.
I tell you I was there,
and you too can alchemise
the mud-bed or your lotuses
back to the gold of your whole heart.
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