Pleasure is Soul Work!
It’s a lovely word isn’t it…pleasure…just say it to yourself and notice how your mouth almost forms a smile as you speak it… ‘It’s my pleasure’…if you are really paying attention you might notice that your whole body responds to this word! I found just now the feeling spread into my heart region as I said it. What is pleasure? Is it just it be seen as a little snack to be found here and there, to be grasped like it might not come back again? Or do you relate to pleasure as your birth right, a natural arising to be relished each and every day?
Personally I choose the latter! In fact, if I’m not feeling pleasure of some kind or another, I look for ways to respond to myself as soon as possible! You see, pleasure is the sign of the body and mind relaxed and appreciative, it means that our senses are alert to the myriad ways that life is bringing us blessings. As we feel pleasure we send out multiple signals into our world that we are well, we are receptive, we are deserving, we are fulfilled..
Of course sometimes pleasure has really not been a daily feature of someone’s life, a traumatic childhood, a loveless marriage, a time of feeling lost at sea.. we all know the challenges and scenarios of the human race. I understand very well how empty life can feel at times. But what I’d love to inspire in you is the inclination to explore pleasure as a wonderful path back to self-love and to receiving more of what you would like to be living.
We have all these marvellous senses, touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing…have you ever considered what you are actually enacting when you experience life through your senses? Our sense organs are masterful translators of vibration! They receive information about the world that we live in and allow it to play through our system, like a symphony.
Well we can head into our days with our senses alert to what ‘insults’ our system, or we can set ourselves off with the intention to receive all the best that life has to offer; like glorious sunsets, a cat purring , garlic roasting, sunshine glinting off ice, the delicate unfolding of the flowers on the window, the velvet of your baby’s head, creamy ice cream slipping down your throat…mmm pleasure… what a fabulous way to come back to your alignment.
Pleasure is the response of the body to deliciousness, it relaxes, it nourishes, it reminds us that life is meant to feel good, which it is! When something is good for us, our body system knows it, just as it does when something or someone or some THOUGHT isn’t. When we contract, feeling less than at ease, stiffen and toughen, then we are putting our attention on something that is not serving us. Maybe it’s the way that we are thinking about something that is at issue, telling a story of our victimhood, our expectation of trouble or we are looking harshly at another’s behaviour and forgetting their fundamental innocence, striving and deservability of love, honour and respect.
When we judge another, we deny ourselves pleasure right there. The whole system shows us, through the furrowed brow, the tight chest, the shallow breathing…such responses immediately show us that we are choosing in a direction that is not life serving or blossoming. The way forward is to back away from the scenario like a car crash! Gently disentangle yourself from the story, soothe your stressed out system with something that brings ease… lie in the sun on your sofa and breathe it in…take strides in the wind and feel zest in your physicality, whack on some tunes and shake loose your angry story…bathe yourself warm and decompress from the tension…
From there your system will naturally rise back to loftier perspectives – if you will allow it…unless of course you are fond of creating drama and judging yourself and others lacking…then you can dip in again for another round of pleasure less contraction and disempowering storylines…
It’s our choice every day, what symphony to attune to, what feedback to rely on for our navigation. What I know for sure is that pleasure is a wonderful tool that lets us know when we are onto something good and it has led me on a merry path of discovery. Why not try choosing some more today!
Contact me for a programme of transformational healing if you feel you are struggling to move through pain to power. I offer a free 1/2 hour consultation Skype/phone sessions if you have interest in working with me. I’m also starting several new coaching courses this year, both online and in person, see details @www.SacredHeart.Space
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