Thursday, March 7, 2019

Challenging Ourselves To Receive Pleasure

What role does pleasure have in your life, your well-being, your healing? This was the question that challenged me most listening to some of the speakers on the Explore More Summit over the last week. I realized how completely I've been socialized into seeing that which is nourishing as a means to an end- a way to create sustainable energy so I can contribute to the world, and earn what I need (including connection and belonging.)

This isn't news (about moi :-) ) but I let myself consider- What happens if we think of that which gives us pleasure as an end in itself, a way to just en-joy being alive?

So, tell me what gives you pleasure.Tell me what senses it delights. I find pleasure in a hot bath (particularly during 20 below temperatures outside) - the way the heat sinks into my skin, my muscles, my bones.

What do you do simply for the pleasure it gives? Where do you receive pleasure without reservation? ~Oriah

Visually, one of my daily pleasures is enjoying the photos like this one from Karen Davis at Open Door Dreaming


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  1. Smooth cotton bedsheets, the smell of line-dried clothes, my husband's warm scent, the purr of my cats, the scent of the earth...

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    1. Oooo, nice- particularly like being reminded of the pleasure of smooth cotton bedsheets. Thank you.

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  2. When I am in my Tennessee Native Plant Garden.....a labor of love for the past 30+ years, or deep in nature listening to birdsong, babbling brooks, and filling my lungs with the sweetness of untainted air.

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  3. Sitting outside when it is raining, warm in my blanket and smelling the fresh earth. Nimrat .

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    1. Oh that brings back memories of sitting on the porch of my childhood home watching, listening and smelling the rain. Thank you

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