Joy FreemanTransformational Life Counselor, Joy Freeman, joins YSPM host Kristin Maxwell to explore how healing shame builds self-worth. As the author of 7 Keys to Connection: How to Move Beyond the Trauma of a Disconnected Culture and the leader of transformational workshops, Joy shares how just about every person struggles with shame, whether they know it or not. If you struggle with anxiety or depression or your thoughts sometimes veer into “I’m not good enough,” listen in and discover a process for uncovering and transforming any underlying shame.

Hello everyone, welcome to Your SuperPowered Mind. I’m your host, Kristin Maxwell, and in this show, we explore the process of transformation and give you tools and strategies you can use to transform your own life.

Today we’re going to be talking to Joy Freeman about healing shame to build self-worth. Joy Freeman has been a pioneer in the field of health, personal growth, and transformation for over 35 years as a natural physician, transformational life counselor, speaker, and workshop facilitator. As an author, her most recent book is 7 Keys to Connection: How to Move Beyond the Physical and Emotional Trauma of a Disconnected Culture Joy, leads transformational workshops and retreats that incorporate expressive arts, deep process, ritual, and nature.

Joy, welcome to Your SuperPowered Mind.

Thank you. Hi.

Hi. Great to have you here.

Thank you.

So my first question always is, what super power did you uncover as the result of mastering your mind?

Well, there are many. But I’m going to say one that has been really potent, and that has been the capability to uncover any nooks and crannies in my consciousness where I have not fully loved, accepted, allowed, and judged, or perhaps judged myself in those places.

So learning self-compassion, not just in general, you know, we can talk about that and say, “Oh, we need to be compassionate,” but really learning how to get in there and find out, what are the little shadow pieces, what are the places in me that I have not allowed or have not even known they were there, but needed my love, acceptance, and ultimately transformation or they transformed when I did that, let’s say that.

Right. Well, that’s beautiful, really, that idea of self-compassion towards all parts of you. And that is something that I think we don’t pay very much attention to, which is one of the reasons why I’m so glad to be able to talk to you today, because some of the work that you do revolves around shame and developmental trauma.

So I want to start first by, what is shame? How do you define shame?