Teshuvah is the key work of the month of Elul. It means returning to who we are really meant to be. A key element in this work is an honest look at ourselves and noting where we have gone wrong. This is the first and most important step in putting things right.
But because of the feeling of shame this arouses many of us put it off or defer it altogether. The feeling of shame has a bad press in our Western culture.
However, the Sages of the Talmud regarded it positively. They pointed out the feeling of shame comes because we have a Divine potential and it is an awareness of this potential which causes the feeling of shame and shows us where to set things right.
Talk inspired from Ani l’Dodi, writings for the month of Elul, by Rabbi Chaim Sabato with understandings from the Kabbalah of Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag