I’m thoughtful after our week here last week – integrating and pondering so much. And grateful to the women who shared their truths and for the rich conversation in comments.
I’m mindful, too, that sensuality isn’t foremost on everyone’s mind right now, and so feel moved to share publicly the Trust Note my subscribers got last week.
Whether you’re blossoming sensually or not, this letter is for you:
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It’s Friday morning here, cold and gray. It’s my kids’ last day of school for the year, and, rather than one last morning alone for me, my son is on the couch with a stomach ache.
I’ve been so moved by the interviews at Trust Tending this week (here
, and here
). All three women are so vibrantly alive, and even when they don’t FEEL particularly vibrant (surely they, like we, don’t feel high all the time), their work ignites such growth in the rest of us. Seeds of sensual awakening are planted and watered and, in many cases, caused to shoot up by the foot, by the work these women do.
I’m aware, however, too, that sensual growth is a lifelong enterprise, and nothing says that putting it off now = never helping it happen.
Sometimes there’s sick kids on the couch. Sometimes there’s ailing parents. Sometimes you’re so depressed or so deeply in grief or mired in a workload so large that responsibility spills and oozes from your plate.
Sometimes the work that’s yours right now has nothing overtly at all to do with sensuality (or fill-in-the-blank with whatever topic gets touted inadvertently or on purpose as must be tended right now).
I want to state outright that I think that’s just fine. More than just fine.
There are so many avenues for growth and so many ways to come alive. Pick any one of them, or, as is more often the case, have any one of them pick you, and BOOM! You’re right where you need to be.
My encouragement to you, instead, is to listen.
Listen to the quieter voices inside you – the ones your more dominant inner voices – like your inner manager and task master and the voice that’s all about paying the bills – tend to talk over.
These quieter voices sound like tender hopes a lot of the time, or persistent invitations. Or like a restless wish for change.
They even sound jealous sometimes, or bummed that someone has something you very much want.
However they sound, I encourage you to listen to them and take them seriously. They can help you incisively discern what work or what play is yours right now to do – "yours" meaning what the wisdom of your life is calling you to do.
If your work right now is about sensual evolution, wonderful! If it’s about something else entirely, that’s wonderful, too.
I bless you today, right where you are. Because…where else could you possibly be?
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As Trust Tending grows, I’m eager to maintain and continually reimagine ways to connect personally and meaningfully with the community that gathers here (can’t wait to share the new ideas up my sleeve for this Fall!). I hope these letters can continue to be a place for that.
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