Pleasure. What comes to mind when I say that word?
These days we talk a lot about success, health, and consciousness but we do not talk as much about pleasure. And by pleasure I mean the things that make us feel good being in our body. Massage, dance, feeling the warm sun on our face, the taste of chocolate, an amazing hug, great sex, these are just a few examples.
We can get so caught up in our day-to-day activities and spend so much time in our mind that we forget we actually have a physical body that is here for us to enjoy. Instead of loving and appreciating our body such that we experience pleasure by inhabiting it, we put ourselves in hell everyday by judging it. And for so many of us (especially women), we criticize it, compare it, starve it, punish it, obsess about it, and work really hard to change it.
Why do we do this? The current societal images of what is attractive definitely do not help, yet there is usually a deeper issue. As children, if we ever were abused, shamed, or felt unsafe in our body, even just once, we may have started a protective pattern of disconnecting from our physical body and our sexuality.
Not being connected to our physical body in a way that we are truly loving it is often at the root of issues like depression, body image and even eating disorders. This is exactly what I discovered in my coaching session with Heidi on this week’s episode of the podcast.
Heidi has struggled with anorexia and body image issues for most of her life. Now, 33 and married, she has the disorder “under control” yet she cannot seem to shake the constant obsession with her physical appearance. She asked me to help her get to the root of the issue – and we got there as we explored her relationship with her own sexuality.
I highly recommend listening to this episode and reflecting on how much pleasure you are currently physically experiencing in your life. If you are stressed, anxious, depressed, or obsessing about your appearance I can 100% guarantee that you are not experiencing enough guilt-less, healthy PLEASURE in your life.
My encouragement for you today is to reconnect to your body. Reclaim your sexuality. Go find and feel more pleasure. And, make sure to listen to episode 133 for some tips.
Remember, your body is the temple for your soul. You DESERVE to enjoy it. It is not here to be judged and criticized, it is here for you to experience all the pleasures of being human. So get out of your head and into your body!
P.S. I am headed back to Australia and I’m teaching TWO RETREATS
On April 13th I’m hosting a one-day women’s retreat. Come together with other like-minded women for an incredibly intimate and transformational day. The day will include:
Guided meditation and visualization.
Identification of the major obstacles in between you and what you desire…and an action plan to remove them.
Release of negative emotions that are holding you back and possibly making you sick.
Clarification of your life purpose.
Adopting an “abundance” mindset and letting go of your limiting money stories for good!
Hot seat coaching…a unique opportunity to be coached by Christine in person.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to RSVP
On April 14-15th I am teaching a workshop for coaches, therapists, personal trainers, and anyone who wants to build a business in the personal growth field. It is with Primal Health Coach but open to ALL fields. Limited spacing so go here to register.