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!
May 16, 2017

Is There Pleasure in Store for you This Summer?

Is There Pleasure in Store for you This Summer?

Summer equals downtime in many people’s minds. If there’s one season that smacks of pleasure it has got to be summer. The warmth, long holiday weekends, travel, the pool or lake, bike riding, laying in a hammock with a good novel – it's summer – we give ourselves permission to have pleasure! At least that’s how we hope it will be – but pleasure takes intention I’m a dedicated journal writer. I sometimes worry about those four boxes of journals dragged around with me since my early 20’s – don’t want the kids to have to deal with that!! Read more >

May 03, 2017

Pleasure: An Ego Prop or Support for your Real Self?

Pleasure: An Ego Prop or Support for your Real Self?

“Does your pleasure support the emergence of your real self or is it an ego prop?” This is a question that emerged at one of my recent workshops – and it’s such a good question! Because pleasure is a charged issue for many, even just the word alone can make one anxious. The dilemma goes like this: I should be having pleasure all the time and if I’m not, there must be something wrong with me. And to boot it’s got to be the “right kind” of pleasure. Read more >

Apr 19, 2017

Facing a fear, self-confidence, and pleasure

Facing a fear, self-confidence, and pleasure

I have always appreciated the aboriginal saying, "It’s a good day to die," attributed to the Oglala Lakota chief, Low Dog (c. 1846 – 1894). This expression invites us to live each day in a way that allows for no regrets or significant tasks left undone. Another way to say this is to live fearlessly. Read more >

Apr 05, 2017

Exquisite Self-Care – How are you doing?

Exquisite Self-Care – How are you doing?

In past few weeks I’ve facilitated a number of workshops for community social support organizations on the theme of pleasure and embodiment. As we worked with the idea of Pleasure Pause—frequent short breaks during the day to tune into the goodness of life—an obvious thought occurred to me. Who needs self-care? Professionals who work in helping professions particularly need exquisite self-care, as they extend a lot of energy to support others. But everyone needs it. And self-care is a by-product of a pleasure–centric life. Read more >

Mar 22, 2017

Relax! – Bad Things are Going to Happen – (but you can still have pleasure)

Relax! – Bad Things are Going to Happen – (but you can still have pleasure)

Last week I offered a workshop on pleasure to a group of cancer coaches. During the day we chewed on the question – in the mix of everything else a person diagnosed with cancer is facing, how would pleasure fit in? Is it fair to add to their burden, the idea that the person in treatment, should now add finding more pleasure to their “to do” list? And if it wasn’t cancer it could one of life’s other kinds of crisis - a divorce, being let go from your job unexpectedly, an accident, a failing business, bankruptcy, or some other significant loss. Read more >

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