I’ve spent the past 30 years self-directed and somatically guided in my pursuits to better understand relational hierarchies and cycles of trauma, and how they come to live in our tissues. And I've always chosen the path of what feels good and right in my guts and my bones over what was socially acceptable. I've made mistakes, barked up wrong trees and escaped certain death more than once because I was unrelenting in my search for answers to the questions that a dehumanizing mental health system was incapable of answering.
In all those years, no matter how hard or how dark, I instinctively knew to keep reorienting to pleasure. And what I've come to know is that pleasure isn't just our birthright, it's the fundamental truth of who we are as vibrant, loving and soulful human beings.
LET'S BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
When we have so much proof of the injustice and turmoil in our world, it's easy to get sucked into fingerprinting and seeing problems everywhere we look. Instead, pleasure activism invites us to be part of the solution. To take consistent, meaningful steps to create the world we want to live in instead of staying stuck in the pain of what is.
It can feel counterintuitive—why should we feel good when so many are suffering?—but we can't get to the good stuff by living in the bad all day long. And those of us who have the resources and access to pleasure must be the ones to help bring it to those who don't. Because we all deserve to know joy. We all deserve to feel connected to our aliveness.