When we change our stories we change our lives. When we delve into the raw material of who we were and are, the events and people who made us, and start to see things from the perspective of others involved, we gain empathy. As we gain empathy for those who have hurt us in the past–not excusing their behaviors, rather understanding some of the whys behind them–we can learn to have empathy for our Self. As we gain empathy for our Self we can start to change our patterns and internalized stories and move into a different way of being.
Empathy is one of our weapons against the Shame Beast. Developing empathy and compassion, for our Self and others, loosens the grip of shame and the stories of too much and not enough. Loosening the grip of these stories lets us write the stories – live the stories – we want instead of being driven by fear and shame.
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