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What is real Pleasure?

Chocolate, sex, music, wine, a crackling fire, hot bubble bath with candles...

 

We are ultimately wired for pleasure. Through taste, touch, sight, hearing, smell and that glorious sixth sense of deeply feeling in our being, we are able to dip into some of the most delicious, tantalising and delightful pleasures of life.

 

 

Yet, there are so many taboos around pleasure; specifically in how much of it, what kinds of pleasure and whether we're able to enjoy it fully, or whether the voice of conditioning, reason and caution reign us in to chain our hearts with guilt and shame.

 

I love what the great writer, poet Kahlil Gibran shares on pleasure in his book of prose poetry 'The Prophet'.

So I've narrated and produced this short clip to bring his words to life in another form.

 

These are passion projects I've done out sheer love of creating and sharing them, and because Kahlil Gibran's work is just too good not to share! 

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on pleasure and the clip in the comments below. :)

 

Enjoy!

Bonita

 

 

PLEASURE

 

"THEN a hermit, who visited the city once a year, came forth and said, Speak to us of Pleasure.

 

And he answered, saying:


Pleasure is a freedom-song,
But it is not freedom.
It is the blossoming of your desires, But it is not their fruit.

It is a depth calling unto a height,
But it is not the deep nor the high.
It is the caged taking wing,
But it is not space encompassed.


Aye, in very truth, pleasure is a freedom-song.
And I fain would have you sing it with fullness of heart;

yet I would not have you lose your hearts in the singing.

 

Some of your youth seek pleasure as if it were all, and they are judged and rebuked. I would not judge nor rebuke them. I would have them seek. For they shall find pleasure, but not her alone; Seven are her sisters, and the least of them is more beautiful than pleasure. Have you not heard of the man who was digging in the earth for roots and found a treasure?

 

And some of your elders remember pleasures with regret like wrongs committed in drunkenness. But regret is the beclouding of the mind and not its chastisement. They should remember their pleasures with gratitude, as they would the harvest of a summer. Yet if it comforts them to regret, let them be comforted.

 

And there are among you those who are neither young to seek nor old to remember; And in their fear of seeking and remembering they shun all pleasures, lest they neglect the spirit or offend against it. But even in their foregoing is their pleasure. And thus they too find a treasure though they dig for roots with quivering hands.

 

But tell me, who is he that can offend the spirit? Shall the nightingale offend the stillness of the night, or the firefly the stars? And shall your flame or your smoke burden the wind? Think you the spirit is a still pool which you can trouble with a staff?

 

Oftentimes in denying yourself pleasure you do but store the desire in the recesses of your being. Who knows but that which seems omitted to day, waits for to-morrow? Even your body knows its heritage and its rightful need and will not be deceived. And your body is the harp of your soul, And it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds.

 

And now you ask in your heart, “How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?”

 

Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower, But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee. For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love, And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.

 

People of Orphalese, be in your pleasures like the flowers and the bees." 

 

 

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Bonita is a lover of adventurous, authentic living and the power of the human spirit. 

 

She believes we are all masterful creators of our lives, that we all have the answers within us and that it is possible to live our best lives!

 

Bonita's blog is a collection of poetry, stories, experiences and personal insights that are born out of her own life journey.

 

Please feel free to leave your comments! She'd love to hear from you!

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