Shame is one of our most painful, powerful, and complex emotions. Unlike guilt, which is usually focused on a particular behavior or action, shame is an intense judgment of self. It instills feelings of being flawed and unworthy, and it is usually introduced to us through external criticism or ridicule for having done, expressed, or believed something considered socially inappropriate, unacceptable, or harmful. Shame motivates us to withdraw, hide, and disconnect from others, to mask crucial parts of ourselves, or to lash out aggressively in self-defense. We all carry the weight of shame, but it is possible to free ourselves from its immense burden and live fully into our whole being.


Why Are Shame & Trauma So Connected?


Fariha Róisín Turns Personal Trauma into Narratives of Cultural Resistance

Document takes you inside Róisín’s home as she talks beauty, recovery, and navigating cultural shame


Issues of Recovery by Claudia Black PhD

Claudia Black speaks to the faulty beliefs connected to issues of addiction and recovery and the relationship to unhealthy shame stemming from trauma.


Russell Brand​ in conversation with Dr. Drew​ Pinsky at Live Talks Los Angeles

Discussing his book, "Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions."


Healing Trauma: The Light Shines Through the Broken Places

Most of us have encountered trauma either in our own direct experience or with someone in our immediate circle. This talk examines the shame and suffering that arise from trauma and how meditation practices can support a path to full spiritual healing.