Pleasure means different things to different people. When I talk about Unlock Pleasure, the first question I’m often asked is, ”What do you mean by pleasure?” … And sex is what people are thinking of.
The pleasure of our everyday, moment-to-moment lives is what I’m primarily focusing on in this work, and this includes the pleasure of our intimate relations and our sensuous capacities.
But I often wonder about the interconnection between these two realms of pleasure – the everyday and sex. Are they so different? And how do they influence each other? I’m playing with the notion that when we increase pleasure in everyday life, it has a direct and beneficial impact on how we give and take more intimate pleasures.
For instance, ordinary, day-to-day pleasures are body-based, just like sex. These everyday moments fill us up and orient us towards the goodness of being alive. We relax, we open up. In the pleasure state, we’re more able to see opportunities and more inclined to creatively design our lives, doing what makes us feel good, happy, fulfilled.
We get into trouble with sex when we come to the experience expecting too much of it, perhaps starting with the belief – some people call it the ‘demand’ – that we can only feel good through somebody or something outside of ourselves. The idea here is that someone else should be the source of good feelings – and that’s not going to take you far in this life!
What would your sexual experience look like if your baseline of happiness, goodwill and fulfillment was much higher than that? My sense is you would no longer come to your sexual experiences with that insatiable hunger or demand – whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual, it threatens to make you a beggar, demanding to be soothed or filled by the other.
Instead, bring yourself and what fully delights you into your intimate moments. Share and jointly expand into pleasure with your partner. That’s when the real magic happens!
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“I had signed up for the workshop with a vague idea of validating whether or not beekeeping was something I wanted to get back into, so wanted the real experience and ‘instruction’ around hive life. But I also wanted to spend time in the imaginative life of beekeeping – so the poetry, and your story of bees as a significant part of your healing journey was really important. Sensing into your relationship with them - the calm, the respect, the love – was an important part of witnessing how a relationship with bees teaches those very things. I loved how the different activities dove-tailed so well into one another. The ‘energy meditation’ of approaching the hive taught me well about respect for boundaries, and the deep purposefulness of their lives. We can co-exist beautifully as long as I ‘let them bee.’ “