The Pleasure Sessions: Allison Braun

The Pleasure Sessions: Allison Braun

 

I’m so excited to share with you all a lovely interview with business coach & strategist Allison Braun who is, in my eyes, the next Marie Forleo for intuitive business coaching (+ crystals and stuff.)

Allison is the person I look to for how to get shit done with the MOST EASE and EFFICIENCY. She teaches ladies how to access their pleasure, bring it into their work and then somehow everyone miraculously is only working 3 days a week and making LOTS of MULA.

At the end of the day, I can teach you all about kale, hydration and moving your body but if you get to sittin’ on your desk and everything feels HEAVY and like you want to pull your hair out, then your anxiety will cancel out all the other work you’ve done. So I brought Allison in to weigh in on what is FO SHIZZLE not my expertise (code for: I, too, sit on my desk sometimes and GROAN!)

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In this interview, we dive into:

  • How to inject pleasure into your business.
  • TURN ON: How to take it from the bedroom to your office 😉
  • How to turn off the “SHOULD” meter so you can let yourself be pulled to your purpose instead of push towards what you think SHOULD be the path. 
  • …And so much more!

You can watch it by clicking >>HERE<<

Want to tune in on-the-go, grab the Mp3 >>HERE<<

 

P.S. This is the last of the Pleasure Sessions. Did you want more? Press REPLY and let me know!

Sighing into Surrender

Sighing into Surrender

 

“What do I need to know?” I asked her.

Step by step, with pebbles crunching under my feet, I walked the labyrinth. Hearing only the inhale and exhale of my own being. The reminder that I was here, now.
And that I had no fucking clue where I was going.
How perfectly timed, this little game with the universe. Moment by moment, I took in. Each step like a polaroid snapshot. And as I let myself swirl through the winding path, all I saw was the next turn. And all I heard was NOTHING.
And so I patiently asked again:
“What do I need to know?”
And so again, I came back to my breath.
In. Out.
Take. Give.
In my nose. Out my mouth.
Until my presence was paired back to each step.
And right when I felt myself emptying out that last static thought,
I heard something.
It was staticky, too. But just clear enough for me to make it out.
“Let go of your constant need for answers.”
And just like any truth, when it’s muttered, no matter how small of a whisper, it leans in and gracefully opens your tear ducts, welcoming in a rush of rawness in the form of salty springs straight from your soul.

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This was what happened to me during the closing ceremony I had with my sister circle led by our mentor Nisha Moodley in Maui last week.

We all walked a beautiful labyrinth on the property we were at, filed in a perfectly imperfect line of inquiry. Each one of us praying for more clarity and asking for an answer. And this is what I got: “Stop asking for an answer, Nadia.”

I could have been so annoyed about that. I could have gotten SUPER in my head about it.
I can just hear whiny 5 year old Nadia throwing a temper tantrum. That’s not FAAAAIIIIIIR, I DESERVE AN ANSWER!

But when truth strikes, it opens your heart  and your head has no choice but to take a back seat. When we entered back into our workshop space, Nisha was playing “Let it be” – yet another confirmation that my old anal plan A/plan B/plan C persona had to take a vacation if I want to learn the lessons I needed at this point in my path.

I needed to just let it be.

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I stand humbly in front of you. You are part of a tribe of beautiful women who have been called here. Whether you’re looking for more pleasure, more nourishment or more connection to yourself and the feminine around you, I am here to offer my heart to you. Whether you know me from Pleasure Playgrounds or 1:1 coaching or just this online tribe, know that I am here because I am fiercely and passionately devoted to the cultivation of connection to our feminine.

And this means a continuous re-routing.. A continuous daily practice of surrender to whatever flow is pulling you in a certain direction. A devotion to walking the labyrinth of life and humbling asking “what do I need to know” and turning each corner not knowing what lies next.

I am a stubborn mofo. I do not surrender easily. I was taught that it is only ok to have a Plan A/B/C and D or else you are silly and unprepared for life. This has been one of my biggest challenges. But daily, I work (and many times battle) to not let my head take over the desires of my heart. And to let myself flow in and out of the pull, the call to something I don’t yet truly understand.

If you’re nodding your head going like “yep, that’s me”, then I offer you this. I did not learn to surrender using my mind. I had to wire it into my body. Here are some tools that helped me cultivate the muscle of releasing control:

1) Start a stillness meditation practice.  
It started with only 2 minutes a day. But I would check in with my heart everyday and I would empty my being so I could receive. To read more about how I did this, you can check out my post: How Meditation is like an Etch-a-Sketch.

2) Start a moving meditation practice.
Whether it’s Sfactor, a 5 minute heart opening practice at home or going to ecstatic dance class (like the one I teach in NY, details here), I would find a way to connect to my body and let her lead within a container that felt safe.
Here is an at-home video I made of the practice that I find very soothing.

3) Let yourself be held. Physically. Whether it’s my partner or a sister or the earth, I let myself completely lean into their arms and feel held. Most of us just want to feel held. And when we feel it, we can really sigh into surrender. But the only way we can rewire our nervous system is to actually simulate a consistent feeling of being held, whether that’s 10 mins in savasna or 2 min in a hug. Create this experience for yourself, your body deserves it.

I came into this world through holistic health because I truly believe that learning to nourish your body is the first step to removing the static you need to hear your own body voice, your own soul’s voice. And I’m here because I want you to feel as deeply nourished and held as you can possibly be. I want your capacity to feel nourished and held to EXPAND even more than you thought was possible. And I myself want to expand that capacity in me as well.

So, come and be held. By me. By your fellow sisters in this tribe.  Ask for what you need by leaving a comment here, emailing me directly here (nadia@nadiamunla.com) or joining our NY group moving meditation, The Pleasure Playground, this Sunday here.)

Are you in NYC & love DANCING?

Are you in NYC & love DANCING?

NYC Goddesses! I am hosting TWO more Pleasure Playgrounds this week:

Pleasure Playground Dance Experience
Sunday, Oct 4 @ 11am – NYC, MBR Studios
Buy Tickets >>HERE<<

Pleasure Playground Dance Experience
Tuesday, Oct 6 @ 7pm – NYC, MBR Studios
Buy Tickets >>HERE<<

If you don’t know what these are, here are more details.hawaii playground

We have come to Be Danced

Not the pretty dance
Not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
But the claw our way back into the Belly
Of the Sacred, Sensual Animal dance
The unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box Dance
The holding the precious moment in the palms
Of our hands and feet Dance

We have come to Be Danced
Not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance
But the wring the sadness from our skin dance
The Blow the chip off our shoulder Dance.
The slap the apology from our posture Dance

We have come to Be Danced
Not the monkey see, monkey do dance
One two Dance like you
One two three, Dance like me Dance
but the grave robber, tomb stalker
Tearing scabs and scars open Dance
The rub the Rhythm Raw against our Soul Dance

We have come to Be Danced
Not the nice, invisible, self-conscious shuffle
But the matted hair flying, Voodoo Mama
Shaman Shakin’ Ancient Bones Dance
The strip us from our casings, Return our Wings
Sharpen our Claws and Tongues Dance
The Shed Dead Cells and slip into
The Luminous Skin of Love Dance.

We have Come to Be Danced
Not the hold our breath wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance
But the Meeting of the Trinity, the Body Breath and Beat Dance
The Shout Hallelujah from the top of our Thighs Dance
The Mother may I?
Yes you may take 10 giant Leaps Dance
The olly olly oxen free free free Dance
The everyone can come to our Heaven Dance

We have come to Be Danced
Where the Kingdom’s Collide
In the Cathedral of Flesh
To Burn Back into the Light
To unravel, to Play, to Fly, to Pray
To root in skin sanctuary
We have come to Be Danced

We Have Come.. 

~ Jewel Mathieson

Thank you Cristin Zegers for sharing this beautiful piece with me.