I am a hedonist. Perhaps not in the classic definition, I don’t believe that pleasure is the only good thing, the only goal worthy of pursuit. But I do believe that pleasure and joy and happiness are noble goals. I believe that I am in this body, in this incarnation to experience the physical, the emotional, the intellectual and the inspirational. Pleasure and pain, loss and longing, joy and grief, happiness and sorrow, love and despair are all worth experiencing, this is about how very important it is to experience the physical pleasure of life. This is about the treasures that I experience because I am alive.
The silky sweetness of a piece of chocolate melting on my tongue and the first sip of coffee, warming me from the inside as it travels down my throat to my belly.
The breeze drifting in through open windows and greeting me in my bed and the comfort of warm soft blankets against my skin. The sound and vibration of my Pwca curling up against me and purring until he falls asleep and the warmth and softness of his fur against my hand.
Birdsong outside my windows in the morning and the chirping of crickets at night. The wind whispering in the leaves of trees and water dancing over rocks in the stream and heavy rain drumming against the earth.
The cool, heavy stone in the palm of my hand, the light of the sun or the moon shining in the window and reflecting off the crystal bowl of water on my alter. The light of the candles flickering and the scent of incense drifting in my room. The sound of my prayers as I sing them in the evening and the feeling of power emanating from my body to make those prayers.
The sparkle of water on my skin in sunlight and the feeling of the breeze making the droplets dance. The sound and light and color of snowfall and of sunrise and stars sparkling in the clear night sky. The glow and crackle of a wood-fire and the voices of beloveds singing and laughing and talking into the evening. The feeling of a favorite dress moving as I dance. The silky coolness of mud between my toes.
The kiss of a lover that quickens my pulse and raises my body temperature and leaves me breathless. The caress of a beloved, her soft, cool, slender fingers or his strong warm hands. The soft place just above the hip that needs to be kissed and the smile that results. The music of a loved one’s laughter and the sheer joy in knowing that I made them happy.
The fluid expressions on the face of an infant and the completely self-absorbed determination of a toddler testing the realization that they can impact their world.
The soft steady breathing of a beloved as they sleep. The quickening of the babe inside the womb, the warmth and weight of the newborn in the crook of my arm, the strength of my sons as I hug them as grown men. The feeling of my daughters’ hair as I brush it with my hands, the indulgent smiles of my grown children when I tell them that they are beautiful and that I love them.
The memory of all of these pleasures. These are the lights, the treasures, the gifts of life. These are why I am here and why I am grateful and happy to be.