Kiss and Tell
Look at this picture and ask yourself the following question: can you tell who the kiss is for?
You might be thinking: well they both look like they’re kissing each other so it must be for both of them…
But now look at the picture again and imagine each of the different scenarios below…
I am doing what I want.
You are doing what I want.
I am doing what you want.
You are getting what you want.
Nothing has changed about how the kiss looks, but suddenly the experience of both kissers is very different, depending on the intention.
Now imagine if, in any of those scenarios, one of us had not been fully in agreement with the way it was happening. Suddenly the experience becomes very different again. If you are kissing me for your own pleasure but I don’t want to allow that then what you are doing quickly becomes an assault (or at the very least an invasion) which I have to endure.
So, contrary to what the popular song suggests, a kiss (or a hug, or a fuck, or a myriad of other exchanges, both erotic and non-erotic) is not just a kiss!
In fact if any exchange is to be fully enjoyable for all participants, the crucial question everyone needs to agree on is: who is this for?
Of course life doesn’t usually allow us time to pause and ask that question before every exchange. Which is why it’s so important that we learn the tools which will allow our bodies to tell us what we really want (as opposed to what we think we ought to want or what we’ve been told to want) and how to communicate that clearly.
As you can see from the examples above its not always as black and white, or as simple as we’re led to believe by songs, movies, porn, and many other social influences.
One of the hardest things for most of us to do is to openly and consciously take for our own pleasure. You may think this sounds counter-intuitive in our self-centred culture, but just think about how many times you may have touched somebody else in a way that you actually wanted to be touched yourself. That person may not have wanted the caress or massage you gave them, and so you were taking from them under the guise of giving, in the hope that they would reciprocate something you actually wanted for yourself.
Similarly you may have experienced times when you wanted someone to offer you a massage but they were more interested in your hand caressing them. One of you probably ended up compromising, and neither of you got what you really wanted.
This may all be sounding complicated but luckily there is an incredible tool, developed by Dr Betty Martin, called the Wheel of Consent, which allows us to learn, from the ground up, some life-changing skills for getting this stuff right.
So if you want to learn how to kiss, and tell who that kiss is really for, then get in touch , or read more about my Concscious Consent coaching pathway, and let me help you dive into a deeper and healthier understanding of how to get, and give, what you really want.
We are all born with the instinct to breathe, to move, and to make sound.
We are all born into a body, with a mind of our own, and a unique spirit.
Our ability to touch and be touched, both physically and emotionally, is what weaves all these parts of us together.
If you’d like to learn more tools to listen to, understand and communicate what your body needs, contact me
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