Shame says, “I am not good enough, or smart enough. I am not big enough.” It is an example of pervasive dis-contentment—a lack of content or vitality, a type poverty mentality. From a Buddhist perspective, this brand of self-hatred is closely connected with basic sanity. Therefore, shame is considered to be an extremely powerful energy, as it serves as a portal, through which we are afforded the opportunity to relate to the emptiness or the lack of content in our tiny little ego shell.
Everybody slips into a funk from time to time. I’m talking about an ignore every call, “I don’t wanna,” I’m watchin’ Law & Orderand eatin’ ice cream” kinda funk. These bad moods are to be expected. They’re the mental equivalent of the common cold.
Often times these funks are immune to the formalities of our spiritual practice. Not because our formal practice is impotent in the face of a rotten attitude, but because we lack the inspiration and/or motivation to stop eating Cheetos and get off the couch! We lack the required inspiration and/or motivation to do something we don’t want to do. So what do we do?