” … if it is possible to face them [experiences of shame], instead of seeking protection from what they reveal, they may throw light on who one is, and hence point the way toward who and what one may become.”  Helen Lynd

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Welcome To the Shame Into Joy “Blessed Cafe”

Appetizers for Shame-Shifting

Blogs, Posts, Confessions

Guilt $1.49 extra

Side-Dishes of Loving Yourself When ______ Happens

Loving Yourself When Caregiving Happens – First in the Series

  (Dishes to be added to menu when chef gets back from rehab).

Specials:  E-books

What If Shame A Poem about Releasing From Past Shame – Free Gift for You for Having the Courage to Stop By!) 

More on the way


(Teleseminar Audio)

Lighten Up Shame Luau Invitation

Living BIG: Women Embodying Our Sacred Dreams Interviews,

Audios – Free Gift: Audio Recordings of Interviews

Seniors Menu

Ready for Sixty

  You Ain’t Gonna See No Shame on Me

Children’s Menu

You Are Not Bad!  Recording for Children and Playful Inner Children

Your Magnificent Body

Gems Inside of You: Courtesy

The Gems Inside You 2 – Video With Song


Humor-aide, Self-Acceptance Tea, Healthy Shame Shakes:

Befriend Your Shame Brews

Green Affirmation Juice

Take Home Menu, Services:

Classes, Teleseminars, Coaching

Open Letter to Imperfect Families About Special Needs Family Members

 Desserts (currently being whipped up fresh)

Journal Pages

Exercises: Expressive Arts (see exercise at end of article),

Mirror Exercise ICI  short (a video),

Dancing with the Shadow Mirror Exercise ICI longer explanation

Guilt Reduction

Love Your Body:


    Thankful Thighs 3 Zen and the Art of Painting Your Thigh

    Thankful Thighs 2 Beautify Thy Thigh

    Thankful Thighs 1, the Intro 

Story of Shame into Joy:

Bio (Published in “Daily Breeze”)

Welcome to Shame Into Joy

Owner Claudia Gold, moi, was born in Long Island, New York and later played in Philadelphia and Las Vegas and now resides in Los Angeles.  My background includes being a clinical social worker, college professor, yoga teacher and body-worker (people’s bodies, not cars), and being in Leo Buscaglia’s “Love Class” at USC. I like to dance, teach, do expressive arts, and write non-fiction, fiction, and children’s fiction (a lot!). In my spare time I love to do colorful calligraphy. When I was a teen, I wrote the humor column for my school newspaper, and I still like to add humor wherever I can, especially when talking about super serious subjects like shame and guilt.

I want to welcome you to the “Blessed Cafe”. Your visit is appreciated because I write to share what was helpful for me and caused amazing transformations and more subtle ones, especially lightening up shame and guilt, and freeing oneself from bindings of one’s gifts.  I hope you will feel most welcome. Take some deep breaths, imagining you are in a lovely wooden upper floor of a cute cafe, looking out at the ocean, and your breaths are like ocean waves rising and falling, and rolling out to the shore. A breeze rolls in. Your stresses and past recede. Sit a spell. Imagine you are in a comfortable green velvet rocking chair, and I am handing you a Vegan berry muffin and lemon-ginger tea. Feel free to write me at Claudia@ShameIntoJoy.com.