How to Shed our Shells
Living with our shells leaves us no room for sponteneity, joy, or inspiration. If we want to spiritually evolve we should be willing to expose ourselves to sunshine and rain, calm and storm, happiness and hurt. The way you shed your shell is to look at each experience as an opportunity - not to hide, but to open up. For example, on your weekly call to your mom, when she brings up the same grievances as always, rather than let your mind go off on its thought-spree of resentment, anger, and helplessness, take a step back and watch with your awareness. Don't identify with the mind - simply watch it. The more detached you become from your mind, the stronger your awareness becomes. The more you develop this awareness, the more of a Sthithaprajna you become - one who is unafraid, who can let anything roll off her back, even without a shell!