Last time we ended just before the topic… Changing the channel on our invasive words and thoughts.
There are a number of components and I will highlight a few that stand out to me. There is so much more to be said, reading the book would be helpful.
...how you can start: Change what you tell yourself. … Talk back to your inner critic.
The most important battles we fight, many times, happen internally.
The past can be healed in only one way: Forgive it. That is the one thing you can do for yourself that can change all of your tomorrows.
Page 93 – 96
I’m going to deviate from the book here. The author is dealing with shame in this section and uses the example of the Prodigal Son in the Bible. He tells how the father, with love, received his son back home. Despite his “bad boy” lifestyle, wasting his inheritance, and returning home in disgrace.
The father is a picture of the way God loves us and receives us no matter what we’ve done or what has been done to us.
I’m deviating from the book, though, because I think it’s important for us to understand the difference between shame and guilt. The information I’m about to share I’ve seen expressed in many places over the years, but for today’s purpose I found it laid out on verywellmind.com under living with BPD.
I’m paraphrasing here for space sake.
Guilt is the feeling you have related to things you have done. With guilt you can take steps to make things right and move on.
Shame is the feeling you have related to you are, or who you’ve been led to believe you are, your whole self not just an event. Shame it is not as easily dealt with because there is nothing you can do to make restitution. It’s about who you are, not something you’ve done.
There is an excellent ten minute podcast on their website discussing the shame we have been hiding and the link is posted below.
The important take away from the podcast was this: there are two things shame cannot survive. One is exposure, tell someone. The second is empathy, tell someone who understands and is supportive.
It’s very important to find the right person to confide your secrets.
If shame is an issue for you, and it is for those of us who have survived an abusive life, this is highly helpful information.
So, back to the book. Check it out for the larger conversation.
I’m not sure what’s next but we will find out.