SHAME What have you been struggling with that keeps you from living your best life? It’s time for us to journey to the mountain to relinquish it. For many years, I’ve struggled with shame. Shame weighed on me like a fifty pound anklet that I dragged around day in and day out. Shame kept me from living life to its fullest. Although I smiled, was soft-spoken, and pleasant, I was so afraid that people would still see through it and know the truth about me. The truth that I kept in my bosom, so close to my heart, but no matter how much I tried to conceal it, they could see right through the facade. For those of us plagued by shame due to feelings of unworthiness, rejection, abuse, infidelity, or weight, I am here to tell you that you too, can have your mountain moment. RELEASE IT!!! LET IT GO!!! NEVER to pick it up again. Dr. Brenè Brown defines shame as, an “intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.” Let’s ponder this thought, if we accept this definition of shame as being “…intensely painful…flawed and…unworthy…” then, we must ask ourselves, “What is the root of our shame?” and “Is it truly ours to claim?” What about making the conscious decision to release ourselves from the pain? What would it take for you to journey to the mountain to release the shame? Not “your” shame because we will no longer hold any claims to it. The first step to embracing life without the burden of shame is to stop claiming it. Welcome to the journey toward your Spiritual Rebirth.