Hi to everyone! All apologies for my prolonged absence. All is well. I just wanted to let folks know that I have been busy working on another book. It is tentatively entitled Perfect Pain/ Perfect Shame. It essentially is a further exploration of the philosophies and practices of what I term Integrative Mindful Exposure with specific application to the issue of “Toxic Shame” or what I prefer to refer to as Core Shame Identity. The outpouring of responses to my posts on the topic of shame as well as feedback from colleagues and other sources, have compelled me to further explore this very important but largely neglected issue. The book will explore the integration of philosophies and techniques derived from modern behaviorism and Buddhist psychology to addressthe thorny issue of shame. The concept of what I term Radical Presence will be presented in light of the specific challenges imposed by the issue of shame.
A literary agent is currently reviewing the new book proposal and sample chapters. Pending her feedback, a decision will be made whether to pursue a traditional publisher or to publish independently as with my previous book. In any event, I want to let my blog readers to know that I will recommence checking in on this blog and responding to comments.
I apologize to those comments that I have neglected in recent months. I am always so appreciative of those who have courageously shared very personal challenges and issues in response to my posts. The comments and questions that are offered help to validate the feelings and concerns shared by other readers and serve as an inspiration for others to remain steadfast in their pursuit of growth. This journey can no doubt feel daunting and at times very lonely. To know that there are many others pursuing growth through their pain can help people who are treading unfamiliar terrain in their personal journeys.
I hope to soon recommence offering posts, well before my book nears completion.