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January 22, 2018

Primal Challenge Point: Embrace the Pleasure Principle

By Mark Sisson
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Inline_Live-Awesome-645x445-03A lot of people come to the Primal Blueprint having felt lousy for many years. It might be because of excess weight, medical issues, or general lack of energy.

The point is, many of these folks have forgotten how to feel—let alone cultivate—basic physical pleasure in their lives. When you live with constant pain or fatigue, it can be hard to imagine the other side of the spectrum, and that’s okay. Just take action to move yourself there—each and every day.

In other words, take the time and effort to feel good again on a daily basis. Living Primally will do its work in easing the physiological issues, but it’s important to inject pleasure into your lifestyle (e.g. get a massage, take a better bath, relish really good food, feel the sun on your face, tune into the sensory elements of your day).

The idea here is to reorient your experience of your body. Find ways to feel good, and you’ll be motivated to live a life that supports pleasure as a dimension of full well-being.

For more on the pleasure principle, continue reading here.

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4 Comments on "Primal Challenge Point: Embrace the Pleasure Principle"

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Shary
Shary
1 month 3 days ago

Whenever the sun is shining and the temp is at least 50 (even in the winter) I often dry my freshly washed hair outside on the patio, using the time to relax and to just “be” while enjoying the sun and air on my skin. There should be a body appreciation day. It does way more than just keep your guts from falling on the ground. Do take the time to coddle it a little.

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.
1 month 2 days ago

Ha! For that point alone we should be immensely grateful to our bodies daily! “Body, I love you because you keep my guts from falling on the ground.” Yep, I’m running with that one (without my innards trailing behind me).

NaturalGirl
NaturalGirl
1 month 2 days ago

Living awesome and enjoying the sunset on the shoreline. Gives me a chance to reflect on my day. I feel recharged after soaking up the last bit of sun.

2Rae
2Rae
1 month 2 days ago

Ugh, it’s been so long that I’ve ignored myself, it’s hard to figure out what would be a good thing to nurture and be pleased with my life/body/situation. Need some time to meditate and have quiet time alone, but that’s really a difficult thing presently….. SIGH

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