Dancing to the Distant Drum of Your Dream

                                                        copyright Claudia Gold, 2013 “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”                                         ― Albert Schweitzer How do I numb me, let me count the ways… In shame researcher Brene Brown’s TED talk about numbing vs.vulnerability http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html she talks about a group of people she found who feel worthy of belonging. These are people who use their courage to be vulnerable and feel that their vulnerability is what makes them beautiful. She said they are willing to let go of how they should be to be who they are. These are people … Continue reading

All You Visualize Is Love: Words from My Father, the Rabbi of Las Vegas

  by Claudia Gold copyright 2013        I never knew what it was like to have a parent die. Or to be with one’s father during a coma and speak to him. As a hospital social worker, I’ve encouraged husbands, wives, children, partners, to speak to their loved one who was in a coma. The doctors say that “hearing is the last sense to go.”  But I had no idea, personally, what I was in store for.     From the time of the phone call 2:30 a.m. that my dad had had a heart attack and was in a coma, it was twenty minutes when I started in my car from San Pedro in Los Angeles to Grossmont Hospital in … Continue reading

Loving Yourself When a Hospital Stay Happens

The Color Coded Purse: What to Pack Physically, Emotionally, Socially, and Spiritually for Your Loved One’s Hospitalization copyright Claudia Gold 2013        I was so discombobulated the first time I went to the hospital for my husband’s surgery that I kept adding things to my purse; as I grew more anxious I stuffed more things to a nylon tote bag and duffle bag on wheels, lugged them through the parking lot and across the campus to the hospital. Then I tried to fit the duffle bag in the little closet in the hospital room, but it didn’t fit. It was stressful to find my deodorant or anything else I needed in my purse now overflowing with unusual items.  I needed … Continue reading

“Shame into Joy Cafe”

The Step into Aliveness: Intimacy, Sexuality, and Shame-shifting teleseminar with intimacy specialist Greta Hassel, MFT contained so much helpful information about communicating when there are resentments in a relationship. Also discussed were ways to build intimacy and sexual enjoyment (though you will need to listen to the end).  You are welcome to listen to this very special audio recording.       Greta Hassel I’m starting a summer coaching program called “Congruence: The Courage to Shine”, with weekly private coaching and monthly teleseminars, for coming out of hiding to shining. With cognitive information, and exercises addressing shame events and messages inflicted, lightening shame from one after another, clients will be guided to dream beyond their wildest dreams, and will be supported in steps towards … Continue reading

Stepping Into Aliveness: Intimacy, Sexuality and Shame-Shifting

Greta Hassel interviewed by Claudia Gold Dear Beautiful Friends and Clients: The teleseminar this morning about Intimacy, Sexuality and Shame-shifting, with Greta Hassel, MFT, Intimacy Specialist and Sex Educator, was informative and lovely. It went into communication (and intimacy) when there has been resentment, increasing intimacy and skills in communication, recovery from sexual assault and sexual abuse and ways to enjoy sexuality as an adult when having abuse in history, and ways to deepen enjoyment/ecstasy in sexuality. Many healing and de-shaming nuances in this call, plus a generous gift from Greta Hassel for anyone who listens to this call.  The link to hear the call is: http://stme.in/CM824UZwO With appreciation for this opportunity, Claudia Gold www.shameintojoy.com Facebook page: Shame Into Joy  … Continue reading