Pleasure Deficits and Awareness
We are hardwired for pleasure and in fact need it for optimal health. So why do so many of us lack enough pleasure in our lives? There are many reasons: the pace of life, the need to keep up, accomplish, achieve, and to SURVIVE!
As I think about the question it seems that there is another reason for so many of us to have pleasure deficits: the voice in our head! This may be the biggest obstacle for many of us to not experience more of the goodness of life. I know in my upbringing my family, ethnicity and religion all had strong negative messages about pleasure.
What do the voices in YOUR head say about your need, even right, to have pleasure? Do they tell you you don’t deserve it, or that you would be lazy to take the time, or it’s hedonistic/bad/shameful? Something else?
The Roots of Pleasure Deficits are In the Sacral Chakra
It is not just our brain that tells a story about pleasure. From an energetic perspective everything happens within the energy system first and then register in the body-mind. This is one reason why energy approaches can be so helpful.
Here is some information about the sacral chakra taken from my book Fully Human, Fully Alive, Embodying the Wisdom of the Chakras that may help you identify some of the blocks you may have regarding pleasure.
The sacral chakra is located in the pelvis approximately three finger-widths below the navel and develops between 3 and 8 years of age. The second chakra is the seat of our emotions and it helps regulate the flow and distribution of
Positive Expression of Sacral Chakra Energy
The sacral chakra has been described as a dark interior cave where all manner of demons lie as it does hold a lot of our most challenging shadow material. But this energy center is also the womb of creation. It is a place where new life gathers its power and is gestated until it is ripe and ready to be birthed into the world. So this is a complex and powerful seat of being for us.
Next Post focuses on knowing specifically how to identify imbalances in the sacral chakra that lead to pleasure deficits. Also some solutions are offered to regain balance and positive expression of sacral chakra energies.