We feel guilty because we are worried about how others are judging us.
The internal mind-construct of the story of ‘me’ is concerned about its exterior image.
The ego is concerned about what others might think about us if we do not do something or equally if we do something too.
Amazingly, the little mind-made ‘me’ can find anything to create guilt about. It is all part of the story.
If we choose to accept that, what we do or don’t do, is no one else’s business. Equally, whether we are doing something for others, or not, does not matter or affect our worth as a person.
Guilt is a self-inflicted pain that we choose to have or not. If we choose to accept that others are responsible for their own lives, happiness, etc and we are equally accountable for ours and no one has to justify any choice, then we can have peace within.
Peace comes from accepting what is, accepting ourselves and others too and not associating ourselves with our ego. Our mind and ego are not us.