Shame is a fearful response to a world that is hurtful. It wants you to stay small. It wants you to hide so the world can't see the fullness of you. It is afraid that if you do show yourself, you risk being wounded. Once you understand that Shame is a form of protection, you can encourage it toward growth and change. What Shame really wants is for you to survive; what it doesn't understand is that life is about more than surviving. It is about thriving, which only happens when we expose ourselves fully. Shame's timid protectiveness can be transformed into Openness and a willingness to grow.
"When You Feel Shame" Spirituality & Health Magazine, March/April 2014