Ask Anne-Marie: Can I Be In My Authentic Erotic Expression If My Desire Isn't Fully Supported By My Partner?

I don’t believe that a successful relationship requires our partner to feel and believe the same as us. However, I do feel that we need to have enough shared reality when it comes to our core values and purpose in partnership to grow into our greatest potential together. This shared relational ground is what helps us make our differences digestible and opens the door to growth and transformation. When we feel like we’re suddenly not growing together, it’s a good time to take inventory.

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Ask Anne-Marie: I'm Dating A Great Man, But He Doesn't Meet Me Sexually. Help?

If we don’t pay attention to our needs and disappointments, we miss opportunities to deepen intimacy with ourselves and our partners. Yet, these topics are riddled with shame. At the root of our human experience, we all want to know we matter, that we belong and that we are lovable and enough just as we are. Much of our patterned sexual behavior is based on our earliest sexual experiences. What we learn early on drives how we show up as adults in all parts of our lives, including in bed. Our conditioning can be transformed with self-awareness, self compassion, and a safe and loving environment of experimentation, mindfulness and spaciousness.

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Ask Anne-Marie: How Do You Dig Past The Conditioned Mind On A Daily Basis?

The answer is simple in theory. The application of theory is a lifetime journey of practice, self-compassion, fierce honesty and discipline. To unwind our conditioning it to let go of the ways we’ve identified with our roles (healer, teacher, parent, business executive) as well as who we think we should be to belong and feel enough (a loyal person, a kind person, the one in charge, smart, successful, athletic, etc.) To expose the ways in which we habitually react out of fear (control), withdrawn from love (protect), or override our authentic needs (comply) to maintain connection.

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Ask Anne-Marie: What Steps Can I Take When the Intensity of My Thoughts & Emotions Takes Over?

There are times in life when we are maxed out, brain-fogged and spinning like a top with anxiety and narrating stories of the difficult things that might happen as a result of the challenge or uncertainty in front of us.  This is the grit of being a primal animal wired with safety and threat signals. We are driven not just by physical survival of food, water and shelter, but also by emotional and psychological survival. We share a universal, basic need to belong, to contribute, and to know we’re loved and that we matter. Any threat to these basic needs can cause stress and overwhelm.

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Ask Anne-Marie: How Does The Integration of Feminine Principles Play Into Being an Embodied Leader?

Feminine ways of leading are often ridiculed and diminished, even by those of us who want to embody them! This is the impact of conditioned beliefs and world views of reality. The good news, is that these outdated scripts can all be rewritten. I’ve been on a beautiful and gritty ride as I unravel the stronghold these beliefs have had on my freedom to wholeheartedly express myself and come out of hiding.

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Ask Anne-Marie: How Do You Cultivate Emotional Intimacy In Your Relationships?

I like this question because upon contemplation I realize that the experience, need and definition of emotional intimacy is diverse and so very personal. The book “The Five Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman, is one of many avenues to begin this exploration. He suggests there are five areas in which emotional intimacy is built. He suggests that most people lean towards one or two as their primary melting point into emotional connection. However, I was coaching an executive months back and we discovered that her love language is Play.

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Ask Anne-Marie: How Do I Rekindle Sexual And Emotional Intimacy With My Husband?

When couples begin to domesticate often the erotic charge can shift and sequence through diminishing cycles. And, from my experience, what also happens is that differences in communication, attachment styles, emotional availability and so on can fog our sexual desire channel too.  It’s a natural place for our mind to wander when we are hungry for something that is not present. The mind is designed to fantasize and point us towards our deeper needs. 

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May The Bridges We Burn Light The Way

I have been enjoying a rich life as a leadership consultant and executive coach. It’s deeply satisfying and inspiring to participate in a catalytic movement with leaders who want to access their presence and wisdom as the foundation from which they create and lead. I recently took a significant professional (and personal) leap when I launched my new business, Your Erotic Nature. I’m passionate about this because I know what becomes possible when we know how to access our creative life force of erotic aliveness.

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