The Healing Power of Pleasure
Seven Medicines for Rediscovering the Innate Joy of Being
by Julia Paulette Hollenbery
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Pub Date 17 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 30 Jul 2021
Inner Traditions, Findhorn Press
• Shares seven easily accessible spiritual “medicines”--slowing down, embodying, deepening, relating, pleasure, power, and potency--so you can discover more sensual pleasure and delight in your body, relationships, and way of being as well as inner confidence, instinctual power, and aliveness
• Presents reflections, practical somatic and breathing exercises, prompting questions, meditations, and energetic transmissions for each medicine
• Explores body awareness, managing emotions stored in the body, the five realms of relationship, the different kinds of love, sexuality, passionate intimacy, and pleasure as a source of nourishment and healing
Hidden just below the surface of ordinary day-to-day reality lies an abundance of pleasure and delight. By learning to look beyond your daily challenges, you can ease your stressed mind and body and rediscover the magic, mystery, sensuality, and joy that is possible in everyday life.
Taking you step by step through a sensual journey of healing and transformation, Julia Hollenbery explores seven easily accessible spiritual “medicines” or pathways to discover more sensual pleasure and delight in your body, relationships, and way of being. Journeying through slowing, embodying, deepening, relating, pleasure, power, and potency, each medicine invites you to engage through reflections, practical somatic and breathing exercises, prompting questions, and meditations. Energetic transmissions help you reconnect body, mind, and soul in an integrated way and reclaim your innate source of pleasure.
A visionary call to action to inhabit your universe of deliciousness, The Healing Power of Pleasure combines scientific fact with ancient spirituality, insight, humor, and poetry. This book presents an invitation to reawaken your body, realize the depth and web of relationships within which we live, and embrace the pleasure, power, and potency that arise when we look inward as well as confidently relate outward with the world around us.
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Average rating from 4 members
This book wasn’t what I expected going into it, but I loved the concept and overall found it to be a very interesting perspective. It felt meditative on joy in life while also offering practical tips to guide readers into incorporating practices into their every day lives to reflect on pleasure and allow it to shape happiness. Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is an extremely insightful book on a topic that is hardly ever discussed. The author delves into the power of pleasure, on many different levels, not just sexual. At the heart of the book are what she calls “the seven medicines for modern times.” Each “medicine” is discussed, along with practical, lovely ways to experience that particular pleasure on one’s own life. I found these to be extremely relevant for this day and age, as well as for my own personal life. The seven medicines are: Slowing, Embodying, Deepening, Relating, Sensing, Empowering, and Aliveness. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I'm getting into reading these types of books, maybe it's an age thing or just life being very busy. I am no psychologist, so some things go over my head! The beginning of the book I wasn't that into, the explaining of whys and how we live, but I enjoyed the lessons and have taken some on board. I liked the pause lesson and I think it's one I can add into my life easily. 3.75 stars