We have the opportunity to open to pleasure way more than we allow ourselves to.
In any given moment, we can shift our awareness to the present moment and experience life as fully as possible through all of our senses.
We can eat food slowly, savoring every bite and feeling enormously grateful.
We can take the time to caress our own skin, hair, and body with love and tenderness.
We can put clothes on that feel amazing on our skin.
We can listen to beautiful music that uplifts and nourishes us.
We can go outside and breathe in the trees, sun, sky, and plants.
We can notice and appreciate moments of joy as they arise, and learn to deepen and expand that experience - to allow ourselves to be in that state for much longer than we normally would.
We can look deeply into our lover's eyes, seeing them at a soul level and loving them profoundly.
So given that humans are naturally wired towards pleasure and wanting to feel good, why don't we do this more often? Why do we continually cut ourselves off from this experience?
One reason is that our collective self worth is so tied to constant busyness. It simply doesn't allow us to slow down and savor every moment we are here.
I want to live life much, much more slowly. Don't you?
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Leigh-Anne is a psychologist based in Los Angeles specializing in next-level love, sex, and relationships. She is the founder of Feminine Rising, a global community for women. You can find her on Instagram @feminine__rising