The power of sexual awakening: Mindfulness, self-trust, & intimacy
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On today's episode I talk with Justine Dawson, an incredibly inspiring and powerful force in the world of mindfulness, meditation, and the erotic. We highlight how difficulties and stuck points in sex often parallel the broader landscapes of our lives, and ways in which we can learn from our sex lives to deepen our knowledge of ourselves. We also talk about ways that we can cultivate a sense of self-trust, inner wisdom, and self-intimacy to enhance the power and aliveness we experience in both sex and life. We also discuss conditioning related to how we think about sex, express ourselves sexually, and feel about ourselves as sexual beings and ways in which we can break free from these effects to feel more empowered, aligned and fulfilled.

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Justine Dawson is a teacher and guide of mindfulness and the erotic. A 23-year practitioner of Insight meditation, she completed her five-year teacher training with Jack Kornfield in 2012. In addition to her education in mindfulness psychology, Justine has devoted over 13 years to practice and teaching in the realms of the erotic - sex, desire, self expression and connection. She has taught throughout the US and Europe, establishing and guiding communities of practice, as well supporting mindfulness retreats at venerable American spiritual institutions. From the inside out Justine works with people to dismantle the shame, fear and judgment that prevents them from intimacy with all aspects of life. She is a translator between worlds, bridging the rational and instinctual, mind and body, desire and responsibility. Justine is currently keeping it real in Los Angeles, CA where she teaches at Insight LA, and maintains a private practice working with individuals and couples. You can find her at and on IG @justineadawson.

References & Additional Resources

  1. Audre Lorde reads "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power"

Please note that the information provided in this episode does not constitute professional advice or therapy, mental health services, or health care services, and is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional advice or services. If you are struggling with a mental health crisis or need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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