3 Powerful Reasons to Choose Pleasure First
What if you had a treasure map that led directly to a life of ease and flow? Would you wait to use it?
Pleasure is that treasure map.
Here’s the dilemma: The only person who can give you permission to use it anytime you want is you.
I see it every day in my office. As a consciousness design guide, I’ve spent the last two decades helping people use the treasure map they already have in their hearts. My clients often land with me when they feel stuck, exhausted, and even lost.
The first thing I say is, “The emotional math works out, awesome one.” Our pleasure-rationing culture indoctrinates us to put pleasure last, and we are damn good at it. A pleasureless life will suck us all dry of lifeforce if we let it.
You know how that feels. We wait for weekends and dread Mondays. We white knuckle life until we get to vacations. We only allow ourselves the good stuff as rewards we must earn for persevering through everything else.
Consider this your invitation to unlearn that moderation absorbed from your indoctrination and get after your pleasure. Claim that pleasure map, if you will.
It seems like a pretty simple proposition, but this is usually when the resistance starts to show up: ‘What about my job? Who would care for my family? I can’t just chuck it all and, gasp, do what I want.’
That’s the pleasure-rationing culture talking. No one wants you to chuck it all. The provocative paradox is when you infuse pleasure throughout, you don’t want to chuck it all because living feels more easeful and lighter, and you feel more in the flow.
The provocative paradox is when you infuse pleasure throughout, you don’t want to chuck it all because living feels more easeful and lighter, and you feel more in the flow.
After thousands of sessions, I know there are, in fact, thousands of reasons to put pleasure first. Here are the three most powerful reasons showing up big, not only with my clients but also in my life right now.