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 13, 2024

Developing Receptors for Pleasure

I’m always grateful when people from my tribe send me poems, articles, or videos on the topic of pleasure. As I’ve been writing this blog of 10 years I also need inspiration on the topic of Pleasure. 

Thank you Natalie, a Pathwork colleague, who sent me this really impactful video by Bessel van der Kolk MD, the eminent Dutch trauma researcher, and best selling author of The Body Keeps the Score. 

In this short video he talks about the connection between physical and emotional developmental neglect, and the process of brain development. In particular how the brain/body adjusts to what’s available or not, as a survival strategy.

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Jan 15, 2024

The Power of the Erotic Imagination

Our innate human ability to imagine, to conjure up, to create various scenarios with our minds, in our minds, realities that may never exist in our “real concrete world”, is one of our most potent human capacities.  We use this skill to imagine or to create in our mind’s eye, frequently, in all aspects of our day to day life. This ability to imagine is the basis of bringing anything into reality – first we imagine it!  You may often have heard the phrase “If you can imagine it, you can create it.”  While that may be an overly optimistic idea, in its essence, the phrase holds truth.

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Dec 05, 2023

Living with Uncertainty - Building an Anchor Within

I want to draw your attention to the dance we all do between certainty and uncertainty. 
We want certainty and we don’t want uncertainty – immediately there a dualistic push pull that takes your energy and causes tension inside.  I invite you to notice that tension whenever you find yourself triggered by the need for certainty. 

To be human is to live with uncertainty, and …. we can also build tools to live more gracefully with it. 

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Nov 21, 2023

What does it Mean to Love Your Life?

Lately I’ve been musing about the connection between love and pleasure.  Love has many forms and applications, as does pleasure.  But self-love, self-compassion are concepts we surely recognize as central to understand and most importantly to practice.  I’m always curious why the practice of self-love and compassion is so hard for many to keep on their radar – myself included, at times.

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Oct 02, 2023

The Intersection of Pleasure and Self-Care

Since I began exploring the pleasure theme, people have often commented on how self-care and pleasure co-relate.  On this topic a few media offerings caught my attention over the last month.

I’ve been appreciating a new book out on self-care that addresses the sham that “self-care” has become in our western culture.  It’s by author/physician Pooja Lakshmin -  Real Self-Care: A Transformative Program for Redefining Wellness.

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