Expanding Your Relationship to Pleasure

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Greetings Readers,

 
I’d like to ask you something:
 
How do you define pleasure? What does it mean to you? Pleasure can mean so many things. To me, it’s an umbrella term that encompasses the joy and aliveness of being in our bodies.  
 
Pleasure does not have to be inherently sexual. In fact, we can experience pleasure in everyday experiences while staying in touch with our sensual selves. Consider trying the following activities while being mindful of the sensations that arise in your body:
 
Connecting to nature: Enjoy the birds singing, the breeze flowing through the trees and caressing your skin, the vastness of the sky, and the sound of rain on rooftops. 
 
Enjoying a delicious meal: Savoring our food slowly is not only good for digestion, but it’s also a deliciously sensual experience! Take in the aromas that fill the room from the spices, the sizzling sounds as food cooks, the artful arrangement of food on the plate, and the tastes, textures, and temperatures! Mmmmm. 
 
Receiving a massage: Notice the sensation and fragrance of the oil or lotion as it slides across your skin, the softness of the blanket you’re laying on, and which types of touch and levels of pressure feel best to you. 
 
Take a stroll around your neighborhood: Appreciate the different color paints on buildings and their architecture, the sensation of your feet as they tread the sidewalk, the sounds of dogs playfully barking, and the warm sun kissing your forehead. 
 
Making music and art: How do different genres of music make you feel? Which songs get your heart racing, make you want to dance, or close your eyes and go on a ride? Physically playing an instrument allows you to feel different textures whether it be keys, guitar strings, or interestingly shaped buttons, and creating your own sounds allows you to experience different vibrations in your body.  
Exploring different art mediums is also a fun tactile experience, whether you’re sculpting clay, making needle art with soft yarn or colorful thread, or even finger painting! Allow yourself to be playful and even messy!
 
Whether you choose to explore one or all of these activities, ask yourself:  
What happens when I make pleasure my compass? 
 
If you find yourself wanting to dive deeper into cultivating a pleasure practice, and desire some extra support, you can click here to book a complimentary consultation call with me. 
 
With Pleasure,
River

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