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Meet the 14 inspiring professionals who share their personal story. This is what our authors have to say about shame and how it has shown up for them in this 3 aspects: 
1. For me, shame is..... 
2. In my (choose one: Mind / Body / Actions / Life), I feel/experience shame as.... 
 3. I release my shame by..... 

Alisa Schultz Whyte

1. For me shame is like the frog sitting in a pot of water on a stove not aware that the water is heating up until the water reaches boiling point and it is too late to jump out of the pot.
2. In my life I experience shame as an impediment, it is there but I cannot feel it until I cannot move another step to achieving what I truly desire. I have shame neatly tucked under an array of accomplishments and great acts of service. While it appears, I am doing well, I desire more but the feeling of inadequacy blanketed by shame has crippled me and I am just like the frog in the pot of water that is now boiling at one hundred degrees Celsius it is too late I cannot jump. 
3. I release my shame by becoming self-aware, listening to, and honoring my own voice and desires. I release my shame by taking responsibility for myself, my love, and my happiness and ensuring that I have a filled love cup, where I pour into others from my overflow. I release my shame by committing to living a life of authenticity (my truth, my true values and core beliefs) while living passionately on purpose.

Andrea B. Wainer

1. For me Shame Is: A murmur, a whisper, an invitation to participate in a story that is false and not about me. It is alluring, compelling and strong. I am stronger. I observe and reject. I step away from these things that do not belong to me. In my life. 
2. I experience shame as repetitive voices critiquing me negatively, pulling together events in a way that makes no sense. 
3. I release shame by not engaging or partnering with it. By staying present and connected in the moment and being focused on now. I leave room for only the thoughts I choose.

Beth Palinginis

1. For me, shame is a personal rejection of a part of myself, a regrettable action or damaging thought that I want to hide from others. In my body, 
2. I experience shame as a debilitating paralysis that stops me from expressing myself to the point of isolation, if I allow it. 
3. I release my shame by recognizing that it is present, facing the shame with honest reflection and dissipating it with empathy and compassion. 

Deva Kaveesha

1.For me, shame is the emotional wound of feeling inadequate. It is created when we are not heard or understood in our individuality. When we are not accepted for who we are and we believe we must be more or less of ourselves in order to be accepted. 
2.In my body, I experience shame as a physical sensation of being frozen, even my mind goes blank. So much is going on in my body that my nervous system goes into over-drive and I am overwhelmed and feel removed from the situation. 
3.I release my shame by moving my body. I come out of the freeze state through dancing or active meditation - bringing me into a meditative state through movement and helping me unlock the sensation of being frozen. 

Giselle Morgan

1. For me, shame is like another person speaking to me, an inner critic, telling me I don’t deserve or I’m not enough, I cannot trust myself, causing doubt and feeling I need trust others more than myself by seeking approval to make decisions or take action. 
2. In my body I experience shame as discomfort; I feel tense, irritable and restricted. 
3. I release my shame with regular hypnotherapy and timeline therapy to clear unserving meanings my inner critic attached to past and future events keeping me stuck.

Holly Hartman

1. For me, shame is often a by-product of interactions with sick or toxic people. I used to internalize what others projected onto me and believed them to be true about myself. I also call it, false guilt. 
2. In my body, I feel shame as a heaviness, a weight that holds me back. It can be paralyzing at times. 
3. I release my shame by being unapologetically authentic, my true self. I spend solo time with me. I seek validation within myself instead of from the outside world. I journal, pray and meditate to release the negative energy.

Jennifer Collett

1. “For me, shame is toxic. 
2. “In my life, I experience same as a self-fulfilling prophecy that will choose my future for me if I don’t choose it for myself. 
3. I release my shame by owning my choices, my responsibilities, and by living in this moment with the intention that aligns with the values of my healing path.”

Julie Fernandez

1. For me, shame is the result of denying my experiences, suppressing my emotions, and keeping myself separate from the world. 
2. In my body, I experience shame as an uncomfortable sensation in the pit of my stomach, tightness in my chest, and tension in the middle of my back. 
3. I release my shame by bringing attention to how it is showing up in my body, asking myself what I need, and moving that energy through and out of my body. 

LaKisha D James

1.For me, shame is like a nagging gnat that keeps flying around you when you are in deep thought about something. If you do not kill it, it will drive you crazy. 
2. In my mind, I experience shame as a setback. I do not know who invented the word, how the word even came about. All I know is shame is painful and humiliating. I do not want any parts of it EVER again.
3. I release my shame by releasing it into the universe. I leave all parts of shame in the past. I listen to the God in me. What would Jesus say or do in this situation?

Lauren Korthy

1. For me, shame is an intense, visceral, self-conscious emotion that rears its dark energy when I have given my power away.
2. In my body, I experience shame as a vice grip right in my power center. 
3. I release my shame by asking that shadow part of me what it needs to be seen, heard, and loved. Then, I align the boundaries, respectfully set expectations, and honor what it is I need at that moment to be empowered to stand in my truth and worth.

Liz Bull

1. For me, shame is paralyzing and debilitating. 
2. In my body, I experience shame as a sick feeling in my stomach and fogginess in my brain. 
3. I release my shame using energy work and The Emotion Code.

Tamara Low

1. For me, shame is hiding parts of myself from a young age I deemed unacceptable and not ‘ok’ for others; parts that deeply feel they have done something wrong or feel who I AM is wrong. 
2. I experience shame as beating myself up and withholding love and care from myself. I feel a closing in my body, and as a result, I isolate and withdraw from others and the world. 
3. I release shame through Emotional Freedom Techniques (also referred to as EFT Tapping), which helps to acknowledge, accept, and understand shame (or other) feelings and what our body sensations might be trying to communicate to us- allowing us to process and release the shame energy and where it resides emotionally, physically, and energetically. EFT helps me feel safe and grounded in my being and have compassion, care, and understanding for myself!

Tammy Ketura 

1.For me, shame is like honey; it is sticky, and it keeps me believing there is something terribly wrong with me and my life. 
2.In my body, I experience shame as a hindrance; shame disorients, intimidates, confuses, and limits me. 
3.I release shame by (1) getting still and witnessing my thoughts behind the emotions, then (2) I use The Work of Byron Katie to meet these with understanding: (3) the rest takes place on its own

Yvette Oloo

1. For me, shame is a disease within yourself. (Disease meaning dis–ease, i.e. not being at ease with yourself.) 
2. In my life, I experience shame as being out of alignment with myself – feeling like something is deeply wrong with me, like an ailment. 
3. I release shame by being true to myself through the sections I can influence, from internal to external, giving myself love, protectiveness, compassion, empathy, and understanding.
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