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!
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 >

May 15, 2019

Learn to Trust Pleasure

Learn to Trust Pleasure

A while ago, I was musing about the need to trust pleasure. I thought, "What would our lives be like if we trusted the experience of pleasure more?" Our culture teaches us that pleasure is not quite to be trusted. Have you ever found yourself feeling suspicious of pleasure? You know it might lead you astray from the “more important things of life?” Or, maybe we think we don’t really deserve it or perhaps it’s just the impact of that primitive brain that’s always on alert for the next bad thing to happen. Its message is: Don’t relax. You have to stay on guard for potential danger to survive. Read more >

Apr 17, 2019

The Vibrations of Pleasure

I've been working with a few groups lately on the theme of pleasure. I love talking about my work on the road and online, as I learn so much from the group experience. Recently, what emerged as we explored pleasure as an “in the body experience" was how pleasure could be noticed as different vibrations in the body. Of course, we know the vibration of the sensual and erotic aspect of pleasure – that spring in the step, and whole-body buzz, but what about the subtler aspects? Read more >

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