30 Jun Inviting Desire-More than a book, a choice to live a different kind of life
In 2012 I wrote a 30-day series of articles entitled Awaken, Embrace, Ignite, on how to rekindle sexual desire. Over the last several years, I have spoken with many women about the topic, men as well. I began to realize how many people struggle with desire and sexuality in their lives. It’s taken me almost three years, but I have written my first book, Inviting Desire, A guide for women who want to enhance their sex life, using those original blog articles as a starting point. The book is a sort of “instruction” manual for women who want to embrace their sexuality and consciously work to invite desire into their lives. Inviting Desire is now for sale!
I believe that women have a choice when it comes to desire. We can choose to invite feelings and desires into our lives in many ways. If we don’t actively choose to invite desire into our lives–sexual or otherwise—it won’t just show up. This book will help you get in touch with your sexuality. Inviting Desire (click the title to see more about the book) guides you through a series of topics from awakening the senses to learning about sexual health and how to ask for what you want, all geared to help you successfully embrace your sexuality.
My hope is that Inviting Desire will provide inspiration for your sexual journey. It is informed by some of you–the stories you’ve shared, the questions you asked, and the inspiration you gave me through your struggles. I share some of my own experiences in the book as well.
Let me be a little bolder than usual and tell you that I’m pretty proud of this book. I am grateful for the opportunity to reach women in what I hope will be a meaningful, thoughtful way. I hope you’ll take a look, buy the book, try the exercises, share your successes, and help me reach other women who want to choose a sexier, juicier way of life.
In my experience, my life is richer when I am attuned to my sexual energy. I feel more alive, creative, and more content with my body, my age and other circumstances. Sexuality isn’t this thing we ‘take on’ to have children or get a bit of pleasure now and then–it’s built into who we are, what we do, and how we show up in the world. Inviting Desire into our lives is something we do at every age, at every stage of life. Join me in Inviting Desire into your life.
If sexuality is one dimension of our ability to live passionately in the world then in cutting off our sexual feelings we diminish our overall power to feel, know and value deeply.
― Judith Plaskow
*Judith Plaskow, now retired from teaching at Manhattan College, is the co-editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. The quote is from her book, Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective. New York: HarperOne; Reprint edition. 1991.