It sounds so appealing, doesn’t it? Enticing. Fun. Close.
Sexy. Safe. Secret.
Fantasy made real.
But then there’s the uncomfortable feelings that might occur. Like fear and insecurity. Or jealousy. Issues of control. Attachment. Need and want. Vulnerability.
It’s one thing to send someone a sexy photo of some naked portion of your body under just the right light. It’s another to stand naked with your feelings and thoughts in front of someone without playing games of shielding.
For me, stepping into intimacy has been a slow journey. I learned to hide early on, to transform myself on a superficial level to accommodate the external world. I learned to be a yes girl. An actress in everyone else’s story but my own. I picked up on cues… what will make them like me? What will make me acceptable? How can I get the attention I need? With men, I shared my body, but not my truth. How intimate is that? Not very.
None of this is unique! A common, common story.
I denied myself food, and pleasure, and fun, and self-love. My breath was shallow, my thoughts were often shallow. My sense of suffering was chronic. The paradigm I believed in depended on my oblivion to what it was that I actually wanted to experience. My “want” was insidiously driven by the power of external validation. The story of chasing my worth outside of myself, looking for love while holding my breath, is long and sort of boring. It’s a story of false starts and dead ends. A story of resisting my own knowing.
Intimacy is like waking up sober from your own thoughts, your own story. It is the is-ness that is here now.
Intimacy has everything to do with honoring what feels good rather than what looks good. Living without the story of some external reward or external validation, I am free to realize that breathing feels good. Listening to my body feels good. Self-love in its many forms of expression feels good. Following my intuition feels good. Not rushing to decide, respond or act feels good.
When I am free from the story of what I should or should not look like, feel like, accomplish or gain – I can look around with fresh eyes at this world that is truly, constantly, my own reflection. I can move from that place. I can smile first, or love, or hug. I can receive.
I can say yes, gladly and honestly. I can say no, simply.
Dare I approach you? Dare I let you in? Dare I sit in stillness and ask the question: “Who?”
Who is having these thoughts? Who is watching them? Who is feeling the emotion? Who is observing the feelings? Who owns the sense of lack or want or need?
Who is chasing? Who is forgetting and who is remembering? Who is breathing in? Who is letting it go?
So close, so intimate. So completely woven into the tapestry of our lives, our stories.
Who is weaving?