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!
Aug 13, 2019

Taking Stock of Pleasure

Taking Stock of Pleasure

At the beginning of the pleasure work I do, I always invite participants to take stock of their current relationship with pleasure. On the homepage of my website, I have a survey called Take your Pleasure Pulse. It’s intended to help you think about pleasure, and your relationship with it, more deeply and broadly. On the survey is a link to what I've named "Pleasure Profiles,” which will help you identify where you are on the continuum of embracing pleasure. Read more >

Aug 08, 2019

Embracing Flower Medicine

Embracing Flower Medicine

The other morning as I stepped out my back door, I was greeted by the cool fresh air that announces that summer is just beginning to wane. From somewhere in the neighbourhood, there came a whiff of wood smoke. Immediately, I was transported back to Oaxaca, Mexico and memories of my days spent there over the years escaping the Canadian cold. It's so interesting how memories are connected to our senses - especially smell. The combination of cool, fresh air and wood fire scent immediately brought back memories of my days in Oaxaca, where being a mountainous area, the mornings are always crisp and the scent of wood smoke common. Read more >

Jul 24, 2019

The Fasting Path

The Fasting Path

Earlier this month I went on a silent retreat in the country on a lake. Usually, I do a solo inner adventure, but this year, I was joined by a good friend who wanted to do the retreat, as a transition point to turning 65. Read more >

Jun 20, 2019

The Healing Powers of Nature

The Healing Powers of Nature

Summer is upon us, on this the eve of the Summer Solstice. I love these long days of daylight. My life is still dictated by the September to June school year – but as a teacher and therapist, everyone needs a break come summer. At this time of year, I feel the need for replenishment and nothing does it for me like time in nature. Time in the garden, swimming in the river and lakes nearby, hammock time, a walk in the woods or a wildflower filled meadow. Read more >

Jun 05, 2019

Pleasure and Safety

Pleasure and Safety

I’m recently back from teaching a trauma workshop in Israel. The lingering effects of historical trauma and the present-day conflict makes trauma a critical topic for this country. Teaching in this context pushes me to think deeper about pleasure, and its role in supporting trauma recovery and living in on-going stressful times. Read more >

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