1.a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.
synonyms: happiness, delight, joy, gladness, glee, satisfaction, gratification, contentment, enjoyment, amusement
When was the last time you experienced pleasure? I mean really felt the overwhelming feeling of joy?
The word “PLEASURE” was a major trigger word for me.
I thought if I had “PLEASURE” it would make me selfish, carnal, worldly, devilish…BAD!
I had to let go of my Puritanical point of view and belief system that came from my DNA and my religious/family upbringing so that I could actually enjoy my life.
In fact, I remember a certain family member telling me that I need to live a certain way and that I need to be brave enough to break my own heart. To me, that just felt wrong. So… I chose to fill my heart with joy!
I’ve always been known to be quite irreverent and the kind of person that follows the beat of my own drum. I tried to be more conforming and proper but I just couldn’t do it. I tried not to swear and express myself in a passionate way, but it just wouldn’t happen. I tried to not laugh at inappropriate things, but laughter screams from my lips on a daily basis. My irreverence, passionate expression and laughter are simply part of who I am and those things bring a lot of pleasure into my life. And to the lives of others for that matter.
Why are we trying to conform to what others say is proper or quiet? Why are we worried about what others think? Why are we avoiding pleasure?!
I was talking to my dear friend Sally Ostler. We were discussing how people live in Spain. I loved hearing that they live lives of pleasure and rest. Of course they work but it’s not their focus. They eat amazing food, drink amazing wine and connect with each other in their families and with their friends. They’re not afraid to nap or spend the day at the beach. They simply live in pleasure. It brought deep comfort to my soul as we discussed it. It felt as though God was whispering, “This is the truth of life!”
Many of you know that Jack and I have much fun and pleasure in our life because we share it here on Facebook. The amazing thing is that the more fun and pleasure we experience the more our business grows. Isn’t that amazing?
The more joy we have in our life the more prosperous we become.
We all have amazing bodies that have the ability to experience pleasure on the deepest level. So let’s experience it shall we?
Just laughter alone can change your entire life. When is the last time that you laughed? I mean a belly laugh where you couldn’t stop?
When is the last time you ate what you wanted and really enjoyed the variety of flavor?
When is the last time that you sat down with friends and connected deeply in the present moment without guilt or worry that you should be doing something else?
When was the last time you had a glass of wine that enhanced the flavor of your food?
When is the last time that you relaxed enough to connect to your partner and have an amazing sexual experience that left you feeling restful and in a state of bliss?
When is the last time you took time out for yourself to do something that you really loved?
When is the last time you took a nap?
When is the last time you didn’t feel guilty about something?
When is the last time that you kissed your lover and talked about your secret fantasies?
When is the last time that you drove fast in your car and listened to loud music?
When is the last time you acted silly without feeling immature?
When is the last time you danced?
When is the last time you made work secondary to pleasure?
It is time for us all to move into lives of pleasure and joy. We were designed to live this way. Stress, shame, guilt, worry are all emotions that cause our bodies to break down and become sick and unhappy. Why in the Hell do we think this is OK?
During this holiday season I suggest that you start adding a little more pleasure and joy into your life experience. If you do this I will promise you’ll feel better, healthier and you’ll become more prosperous.