Hi there, I’m Helen and I know how it feels to be the outsider and never quite good enough.

My battle with shame’s been a long one. It’s something that’s always been there in the background. It affects everything from decisions to behaviours, friendships to faith.

Shame tells me I’m weird. It makes me feel I’m the odd one out and the only one who struggles. It’s led me into abusive relationships where I didn’t know that I deserved better. It forces me to hide my true self around others. It makes me feel as though everyone’s against me. It causes me to hurt myself on purpose. It makes me feel like a failure when I achieve anything less that perfection. It’s isolated me from others and caused me to pull back from relationships. It’s stopped me from getting close to people. It’s even almost led me to take my own life on a couple of occasions.

A lightbulb moment for me a few years ago was discovering that the things that I hated about myself the most – things like pride, perfectionism, difficulty loving others and excessive shyness – were almost all rooted in shame and self-rejection.

From the Love Not Shame blog

All this time of going through my own healing journey, my deepest inner longing has been to help others to get free from captivity to shame.

Now, after years of learning about shame, doing the difficult inner work, gaining experience and qualifications in things like: running peer support, yoga teaching, leading meditations, mental health, supporting people in different bodies and with different abilities, I’m finally ready to share with you the tools that have helped me so much.

I’m excited to introduce the brand-new Shame-Free Community.

Every month in the Shame-Free Community, I will be adding tools like shame-free yoga, self-compassion exercises, meditations, spiritual exercises and more.

The key part though is that all of this is done in community, with a trusted group of people to journey alongside you.

I believe that connecting with yourself, others and divine love – as well as practicing self-compassion and learning to be vulnerable – are the keys to getting free from shame.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t always easy, and it can be daunting to let others see the real you.

But the result is more than worth the struggle.

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