Prioritizing Pleasure? by guest blogger Terri Cole
You are really good at prioritizing work.
You are there when your family and friends need you.
But, what about you? What about your happiness?
What about your pleasure?
Shouldn’t you be having just a little more fun?
From food to sex to laughter, the human brain is wired to detect and crave pleasure; a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment. Pleasure is what you felt the last time you sank into a warm bath or had an amazing orgasm. It is that deep sense of ease and expansion you feel when you allow yourself to simply do something for no other reason than because it makes you feel good or it’s fun.
Experiencing pleasure regularly is more impactful than a foot rub or a delicious meal may seem. It is actually an essential part of a healthy life that helps relieve stress and has the power to change your brain chemistry, improve your digestion and immune function.
– Michael Grant
So why aren’t you making time to do something that not only feels good but is also vital to your health and well being?
Did you know there is a whole host of factors that influence how you prioritize joy and whether or not you actively pursue it?
In my clinical therapy practice, many clients are more comfortable being in a state of dissatisfaction than joy. Your childhood family system and culture will provide the most information about your current relationship to joy and to pleasure.
If you want to be a fearless joy-seeker and allow contentment to be the rule rather than the exception, answering these questions is a good place to start:
- How did your family regard the pursuit of joy or pleasure?
- Was there value placed on what you enjoyed?
- Was joy or pleasure-seeking encouraged or discouraged?
- Did your family often laugh together?
- What events or experiences were celebrated with joy?
- Did your parents or caregivers enjoy their lives?
- What was the emotional atmosphere in your home?
- Was your home an open system, where friends were welcome?
- Was your home a closed system, only for immediate family?
Your answers should provide you with a snapshot of how your pleasure paradigm was partially formed. This information will not magically bring more joy into your life, but all information is power. When you connect the dots backward to the original joy set point, you can choose to change your mind about pleasure and give yourself more!
You deserve to feel good and it’s so good for your health to feel pleasure!
So get to feeling good! And, do what pleasures you.
If not you, who?
Lara and I are going to be decoding what past beliefs could be holding you back from having the life you want at our LIVE event next Sat, May 2nd in NYC.
We’ve created an interactive workshop and women’s bonding day in which we are going to decode any past negative beliefs that could be stifling your joy, re-train any limiting emotional patterns with energy work and create a fun and pleasurable plan for taking care of yourself that will make everything in your life feel easier because of the energy it gives you. And, our friend and masterful nutritionist and award winning producer of Supersize Me, Alexandra Jamieson is going to join us and share some new information about food that has both surprised and impressed us both. Alex is bringing a whole new perspective along with powerful strategies to healing and energizing with food that we can’t wait to share with you! Join us, for a day filled with interactive exercises, strategies, tips and bonding with other like-minded, power house women.
It’s going to be a day that will fill you up and send you off with quick and easy tools to make your time spent with us worthwhile in your life.
Check out our Success Simplified Workshop – May 2!
We hope you can make it and bring a wonderful friend with whom you can share this experience!
Much love and satisfaction,
Terri and Lara
So, in addition to all the priceless strategies, tools and support you are going to receive during the day, you will be receiving over $160 of free stuff to help you.
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