Pleasure as a core value!

July 27th, 2015 by admin in Pleasure
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I spotted this while out with a friend. We were discussing a pleasure retreat that I'm developing!

I spotted this while out with a friend. Guess what we were talking about when I happened to look up and see this on the wall!

I love pleasure!

I write about it. I talked about it. I (try to) embody it.

The older I get, the more I see that for me, pleasure is a way of life. The more I engage my pleasure, the more my heart opens. The more connected I am to my pleasure, the grander I feel. The more I open to pleasure, the more space and capacity I have for the harder things in life. Pleasure enriches my life and also gives me reserves when things are difficult.

When I think about what I want my life to look like or how I want it to feel, pleasure always makes the list.

Pleasure is one of my core values.

When I tell people this I often get a sideways glance. Doesn’t that make you selfish? What about responsibility and hard work and love and integrity? How can you prioritize pleasure when there is so much suffering in the world?

Oh dear ones, denying pleasure won’t make the suffering go away. Engaging with pleasure will make the world feel a little less bleak. Understanding and embracing pleasure will give us strength to move through the suffering.

Pleasure is not lazy.

Pleasure is not selfish.

Pleasure is not silly.

Pleasure is a way of life.

I have other core values – integrity and love and family/tribe and honesty. These values are very important to me. And pleasure fits in there beautifully. For me it’s not an either or. I don’t have to choose pleasure or responsibility. I can have both. I can have joy and pleasure and passion and commitment and integrity and playfulness and thoughtfulness I can have them all if I choose to allow and cultivate all of those things.

What are your core values?

What are the things that are most important to you?

How do you want your life to feel? And what will help you feel those things?

Naming pleasure as one of my core values helps me prioritize it. It is an integral part of my life and when I label it a value, that helps me treat it that way.

What if pleasure was one of your values? How would you live differently?

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2 Responses to “Pleasure as a core value!”

  1. Julie Jeske, M.S. Says:

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