It seems we’re always in a dance between the uneventful day, the comfortable and supposedly safe choices and the inner longing for change, newness and all the discomfort that can bring. Each day is an opportunity to make that choice. We thrive when we have a good balance of both. Consistency and the ability to just hang in, to persevere, is important, but when it becomes our only mode, we get antsy. The pull to shake things up arises. Creating balance between these two states is the ticket to a satisfying life.
Pleasure is associated with the pull to shake things up. I have spoken before about the how pleasure often involves some form of risk taking. In fact, the more I work with pleasure I see that making pleasure a significant focus for your life is a radical act. This week’s blog post speaks to this. Along with a poem from my pleasure collection. Words to inspire you to pleasure.
If you work supporting others to develop and change, whither in organizations, or in private practice, I’d like to show you how to use a pleasure lens to both ground and inspire your client’s. Pleasure is a medicine that can bring healing and resiliency. Join me Saturday, May 26th for an Unlock Pleasure professional development day.
Spring blessings, Madeline
Unlock Pleasure – Why We Need Pleasure to Heal and Find Wholeness – For Professionals
Saturday May 26th, 2018.
From 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This day workshop is an introduction to the teaching of Unlock Pleasure for professionals. The presentation will focus on a treatment approach and skill development. In this workshop you will learn:
- How to use pleasure to support clients to an increased orientation to positivity and why this matters
- Understand the relevance of using positive resources through a somatic approach
- How pleasure can be used in application to the treatment of trauma
- Learning how a focus on pleasure can build neuropaths ways for emotional well-being, increased relational capacity and creativity
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Join me next winter for an 8-day retreat to meet and experience the ancient healing traditions of the indigenous medicine women of Oaxaca Province, Mexico. We’ll spend time in the mountains and then travel on to the coast in this 8-day excursion, in beautiful, diverse, Oaxaca Mexico. A consciousness altering experience, where you step outside your familiar ways, to be immersed in the elements of the land, the people, to travel back to a time to where everything is sacred. Details to follow in May.
The World Within: Hummingbirds and the Inner Journey
Saturday, May 5 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Presented by Laurene Winkler, H.B. Mus.B.Ed, SEP, OACCPP, this workshop will be an exploration of external and internal landscapes of human experience, inviting awareness of non-conscious messages in the body that are expressed through feelings, thoughts, motivations, choices – an integrative approach for a deeper and enriched experience of being alive. Lunch included. Payment in advance is required to reserve a spot: $55. For more information and to register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation for stories
Will you share your stories about pleasure with me? You can send your stories directly to me. Or email and we can chat about any questions or concerns you may have about anonymity or the hows of writing a short offering. Don’t worry about it being polished – I can edit and send it back to you for final approval. Just get that pen to paper!
Burnout: A Guide for Recognizing the Stages of Dis-stress
12/10/2015 12:00 Canada/Eastern
Do you lack energy? Or do you feel so drained that you just can’t give any more? Are you frantically involved in getting things done? Or are you just “done” with putting any more effort into anything? In this session, you’ll learn how the answers to these questions could be signs that everyday stress has escalated to critical dis-stress. You’ll learn about burnout, what it is, what it looks like in each stage of its progression, who is at risk and what you can do about it.