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!
Jan 06, 2021

The Process of Change - We Can’t Do It Alone

The Process of Change - We Can’t Do It Alone

Often at this time of year we reflect on our lives. Maybe you’ve reviewed where you’re at now and what you might want to be different. We all know the challenge of New Year’s Resolutions that maybe only last the month at best! 

Being immersed in the personal growth and development world, I spend a lot of time musing on how real change happens. In a nutshell, the challenge is, we want both change and we don’t want change. The very habits and ways of being that can keep us stuck, also represent safety and security. Change scares us.

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Nov 05, 2020

What’s Being Lost?

What’s Being Lost?

As we continue to venture in these unusual times, the challenges mount. There’s unsettling news from our neighbours to the south this week, and in our own nation-state, fracture lines deepen as institutions and individuals struggle to address and adapt to rapid change.

 

It’s hard to deny - these are destabilizing times.  


 

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Oct 21, 2020

Rest As Resistance

Rest As Resistance

In my early 30’s I began to tune into the cyclical nature of life. I live in a place with very distinct seasons. Each season has a particular energy that subtlety but powerfully influences me. So, lately I’ve been thinking about rest and more specifically the kind of rest that comes from emptying. I’m noticing how the season of fall, especially in the north draws me inward and to a quiet, slower rhythm. But this inner draw flies in the face of the outer world that whirls on, immune to an underlaying rhythm that invites a balance of activity and non- activity.

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Sep 16, 2020

Our Long, Rich, and Complex History with Pleasure

Our Long, Rich, and Complex History with Pleasure

Ancient Greek philosophy, the foundation of much of our thinking still today, centered on the question and significance of “What makes a good life?  And What is the goal of the good life?”  At the root of their study was the issue of our human struggle between pain and pleasure. 

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Sep 02, 2020

Pleasure - It’s a Relational Thing

Pleasure - It’s a Relational Thing

I was away for five weeks this summer, enjoying the generosity of friends and family who were willing to share their cottages on lakes. In the midst of COVID-19 with few options to safely get away, this was the prefect solution.

The early months of lock down and all the pivoting required left me in need of replenishment. I know I’m at a low ebb when I’m just routinely “doing my to-do list.” This mode is based on a mentality of, “I know what I’m doing.” I’m making my life happen, but I sadly notice pleasure goes out the window.

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