Course language English
Pleasure is a fundamental motivator in human life – the carrot held out in front of us. We are drawn to things that make us feel good. Pleasure is enticing, stimulating, enjoyable and even addictive. Who doesn't want to partake in the pleasures of life? We tend to see it as something that makes life bearable, providing a reward for hard work completed, discipline maintained or a goal achieved. And we all have our guilty pleasures – those things that seem to be indulgences, distractions or secret delights.
On the other hand, pleasure is fleeting and sensational, often feeling less important than the serious things in life. After all attending to our family, our work, our bodies, our relationships and even our spiritual journey are hardly guaranteed to be pleasurable. Thus many of us put off or even forgo pleasure in favor of achievement, money, love, friendship, authenticity or inner realization.
But what is pleasure? What is its true role in life? Is it just the result of things we have or do – food, entertainment, sex, drugs, fantasy, games, companionship, travel, clothes, music? Or is it something in our nature that is awakened through these things? Is it necessary for human life or is it just satisfying a selfish or instinctual drive, best left for vacations and celebrations? And how does pleasure relate to spirituality and being?
In this workshop we will explore the nature of pleasure itself – the inner experience of enjoyment whatever the external context. We will access it through our physical body and its sensations and qualities. This immediate contact with pleasure opens us to discover its spiritual reality – what I call The Body of Pleasure.
Among the topics we will investigate:
• Judgments about pleasure
• Barriers to allowing and feeling pleasure
• Pleasure without an object
• The true source of pleasure
• The experience of being enjoyed
The workshop will include meditation, talks, movement, inquiries and group discussion. The work is based on the Diamond Approach teaching but all are welcome regardless of whether you have any experience with the DA.
is deeply committed to supporting the presence of Beingness in human consciousness. To that end, he has been guiding individuals, leading groups and training new teachers for more than twenty years as part of his work as a senior teacher in the Diamond Approach, a spiritual path to inner realization. He brings a background in dance, movement and performance to his spiritual teaching and the combination of the two has resulted in his Falling Awake workshops. Byron is also the author of Soul without Shame, A Guide to Liberating Yourself from the Judge Within, published in 1999 by Shambhala Publications.