Powered By Pleasure

Powered by Pleasure is the name of the blog supporting the evolution of my work called Unlock Pleasure. In this blog I want to explore with you all the aspects of pleasure, from day-to-day gladness to exuberant delight, the small joys and X-rated rapture too! My plan is to post biweekly, drawing from my own reflections, thoughts, feelings, and experiences of pleasure; from other writers and sources on the topic; and most importantly, from the conversations that I hope will emerge with you, my dear reader. Please comment below and let the wild rumpus begin!
Dec 13, 2017

Be a Light in Your World

Be a Light in Your World

Day by day the daylight, here in the north country, gets dimmer, as we edge our way to the Winter Solstice shift. I love this time of year as it draws me inward, and slows me down. But I do notice the counter pull of the holiday festivities, that ramp up the demand to be out there. The challenge of this season, is to find what’s truly meaningful for me, and stay true to it. Read more >

Nov 22, 2017

A Deeper Breathe – from Constriction to Expansion

Do you take time in your day to notice your breathing? When you do, what do you notice? Is there ease and flow there, or does it feel effortful, tight or constricted? If you keep your focus there for a few minutes – what changes? What’s different? Read more >

Nov 07, 2017

What is the story you’re telling about pleasure?

What is the story you’re telling about pleasure?

Don’t you love a good story? Stories fascinate us and we remember them. From the beginning of time stories are how we imbed what’s significant into our collective psyche. The best stories are archetypal – universal. We all recognise the drama being played out – adventures and risks of the hero/heroine’s journey to overcome limitations; to seek the Holy Grail. I think partly we love these stories because we’re all carrying such a story inside of us: it’s the story we tell about ourselves and what we believe about life. Read more >

Oct 25, 2017

Let’s Adore One Another Now!

Let’s Adore One Another Now!

I’m preparing to give a talk to the volunteers with Hospice Ottawa on the theme of pleasure and sexuality at end of life. I know some things about death. I have been a part of a few care teams when friends have died. Almost 20 years ago, I supported my teenage daughter in her passing. This past year in the poetry school I participate in, we worked with the theme of death. These experiences have helped me get closer to the reality of my own mortality. Read more >

Oct 10, 2017

What is your Relationship with Pleasure?

What is your Relationship with Pleasure?

People often ask me – “What is the most common obstacle to creating a better relationship with pleasure?” Pleasure can be fraught with guilt, denial of the need, vague and unarticulated fears and negative associations. But the most common block is the dance we all do between the desire for pleasure and the resistance to feeling, for want of another word un-pleasure - the challenges of life: loss, disappointments, painful interactions or situations. These are the hurdles and obstacles that we believe block our ability to have pleasure Read more >

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