{Ripen 008} The Jade Yoni Egg & Igniting Your Pleasure with Violet Lange

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The Jade Egg Episode is finally here! Without a doubt since baring my soul and sharing my experience re-awakening my connection to my body in the first episode of Ripen, the question I have been asked the most is, "What's the deal with that Jade Egg thing you talked about?!?!"

The Jade Egg is a small, egg shaped stone you can use for what are essentially, at the most basic level, more elaborate and effective Kegel exercises that can reawaken loads of sensation in your vagina (hello more interest in and enjoyment of sex!). Sounds crazy, I know, but the Egg has truly been a major healing tool for me, and I'm excited to share more about it with you.

To that end, I've brought in the lovely Violet Lange of The Pleasure Path to talk about all things Jade Egg!   

Listen in as Violet and I jam on…

+  How to get started and the benefits of working with a Jade Egg

+  The two ways to approach using your Egg - As Violet describes them, the "Brushing Your Teeth Mode" (for the busy gal) and the "Intentional Practice Mode" (for bigger benefits)

+  How to inserting the Egg and the powerful practice of checking in with your vagina before penetrating her

+  Using the Jade Egg for restoring vaginal sensation and healing - from sexual trauma, from residual shame from a sex negative upbringing, or even from simply not treating your vagina with TLC over your sexual lifetime

Violet and I both share a lot about our personal experiences with using the Egg and our healing journeys. I hope this helps you feel normal (YOU ARE!) and inspires you to get started working with the Jade Egg.

I'm planning a Q&A on all things Jade Egg - if this episode brings up questions for you please submit them to rachel@rachelsizemore.com and I'll answer them (anonymously!)  on an upcoming episode.

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RESOURCES

+  The Jade Egg that Violet recommends purchasing

+  Virtual Jade Egg Summit with Violet Lange, sign up to get alerted to details and to receive your free Jade Egg Basic Guide

+  The Art of Passionate Intimacy, Violet's private Facebook group

+  Jade Pleasure, 7 week virtual Jade Egg course with Layla Martin - COMING SOON - I'll be an affiliate for this course launching April 2017, and I'll have a special bonus available for Ripen listeners. If you're interested, send me an email at Rachel@RachelSizemore.com and I'll make sure you see all the details!    

ABOUT VIOLET LANGE

Violet Lange is the founder of The Pleasure Path. She loves to help women find pleasure even after pain, trauma, or heartbreak. If you're looking to add more passion to your relationship or create lasting love, request to join her free Facebook group, The Art of Passionate Intimacy. If you're interested in the healing, pleasure, and power of Jade Eggs, you won't want to miss the Jade Egg Summit -- click here to get alerted to details and to receive your free Jade Egg Basic Guide. Violet recommends only these eggs.

Connect with Violet:

+  Website: The Pleasure Path

+  Facebook: /thepleasurpath

+  Instagram: @thepleasurepath


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Feminine Productivity & Flow

Things have been a little quiet here since the launch of Ripen a month ago. I realized this week why that is and wanted to share since this perspective on productivity might be helpful for you too.  

During the launch, I was in full-on Summer, feeling confident, productive, energetic.

After all that hubbub, I entered into Autumn, a period of questioning, discomfort, lack of focus.

And as of this week, I've descended into Winter, slow, low energy, total lack of motivation.

I used to get stressed out and beat myself up for periods of questioning and low motivation. But now I realize it is all part of the natural cycle of productivity and life.

As much as we view ourselves as apart from nature, we truly are as much made up of earth and nature as the tree outside your window. Nature moves in cycles, and so do we.

Yet our culture creates no space for the full cycle. We are expected to be full-on Summer all of the time, and as a result we are running on empty, lacking motivation and energy, depressed, anxious, and worst of all, blaming and judging ourselves for not getting everything done. 

We deny ourselves Autumn and Winter, and as a result many of us get stuck there. Unproductive, unenergized, bleh. Can you relate? 

My invitation to you today is to reflect on where you are in your life currently, what the flavor of this time is for you, and to give yourself permission to be there. If that is a time of doubt and self-questioning and discomfort, give yourself space to be in that Autumn season. If you are in winter like me, allow yourself a bit of time to just rest and feel no motivation.

Spring and Summer will be back, I promise. The quickest way to reboot motivation and productivity is to give yourself permission to experience the full cycle. 

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If you feel stuck in a prolonged Winter period, I invite you to check out my interview with Amanda Testa, episode 6 on Ripen. She shares her experience of being totally burnt out and disengaged after becoming a mom, and how she used pleasure and desire to find herself and her joy again.  


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{Ripen 007} What You Don't Know About Sexual Desire

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If you and I have had a conversation in the past few months, you've probably heard me rant and rave about my new favorite book, Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski.

This book rocked my world, and in today's episode I am sharing two of the most impactful takeaways I had around the science of sexual desire (fun sexy science, not the dry boring kind!).

In many ways, the dominant narrative around sexuality in our culture is based on the male experience. Arousal looks like this; a "successful" sexual encounter looks like this; most of the instructions we have around sex are based on men's sexuality. And when we consider the female sexual experience within this framework, it looks like something is wrong or broken with the way many women experience sex.

But the female sexual experience isn't wrong or broken. It's just different.

Listen in as I share…

+  Essential keys to understanding how sexual desire really works that are totally absent from what we are taught in sex ed or Cosmo magazine

+  How sexual desire is a product of both an accelerator AND brakes and how this fact alone totally changed how I relate to my sexual desire

+  Why context (then when, where, how, why) of sex really matters, particularly for women, from a scientific point of view

+  How there are TWO types of sexual desire, Spontaneous (the one culture teaches us about)  and Responsive (the way many women experience desire)

If you could relate to what I said in Episode 1 about feeling tired, not sexy; if you have ever wondered if there is something wrong with your body; if your sexual desire isn't what you want it to be, this episode will be very empowering for you. I can't wait to hear what you think! 

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RESOURCES

+ Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life, Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.

+  Sexy In Your Own Skin 1-1 Private Coaching Experience with Rachel

CONNECT

+  Website: rachelsizemore.com

+  Facebook: /rksize

+  Instagram: @rksize


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{Ripen 006} How to Get What You Want (in Bed) with Amanda Testa

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Wake up exhausted. 5 cups of coffee to get through the day. 2 glasses of wine to fall asleep. Crappy night's sleep. Exhausted when you wake up again. 

It's a cycle many of us fall into as we try to survive our stressful, busy lives. And it's where my guest today, Amanda Testa, found herself a few years after becoming a mom. 

In this episode, Amanda shares with us her journey from always putting herself at the bottom of the list to rediscovering what she needs and refueling herself with desire. 

Amanda Testa is the creator of "Find Your Feminine Fire," which is all about helping women find their powerful feminine essence again. And that is something we dive into really deeply on the show today.

Listen in as Amanda and I jam on...

+  How to get started reconnecting to yourself and to your desire, even if you're feeling exhausted, stressed out, numbed out, or overwhelmed

+  How women's bodies are different from men's when it comes to arousal and what that means for you (hint: you are NOT broken!)

+  Why it's worth the effort to reconnect to your body and your sexual self

+  How to communicate with your partner in a loving and effective way as you discover new things about yourself and your turn on

+  How to transition from super busy lady or mommy mode to being open and even excited for intimacy

There is so much juicy goodness packed into this episode. I hope it is really impactful for you. Make sure to let me know what you think, leave me a comment on the blog or email me at rachel@rachelsizemore.com. I love hearing from you!

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RESOURCES

+  Women's Anatomy of Arousal, Sheri Winston

+  Layla Martin's Youtube Channel (great free videos)

+  Amanda's free private Facebook group, Find Your Feminine Fire

+  Sexy In Your Own Skin 1-1 Private Coaching Experience with Rachel

 

ABOUT AMANDA TESTA

Amanda Testa is a one of a kind feminine leader whose work helps women find their powerful feminine essence again.  Amanda's sweet southern charm, sense of humor and ability to truly connect make her a sought after leader in the areas of sex, love and relationships. She teaches powerful “neo-ancient” tantric techniques, with modern day application. Her services include her signature group program “Find Your Feminine Fire" and individual coaching, in person or online and couples retreats in exclusive parts of the world. She can be reached at amanda@amandatesta.com.

Connect with Amanda:

+  Website: amandatesta.com

+  Facebook


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{Ripen 005} What to Do When You Realize Your Life Has to Change with Tiffany Josephs

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The night I met Tiffany, I first saw her across a crowded room. She was wearing this smokin' hot red dress and had this beautiful mane of hair and red lips. She got up to lead the group in a meditation around the senses, and, well, you can just picture me sitting in the audience, wide eyed, jaw hanging slightly open, like ahhhh yeah, "I want what she's having!"

In that pursuit, I learned that Tiffany can command a room with that kind of magnetism because of the work of her soul, the work of bringing the magic of the soul realm into her daily life.

That idea might seem abstract or even unreal if you've never been exposed to it before - I know it did for me - but that's why I love this interview so much. It eases you in and has the potential to blow your heart wide open.

This interview is deep. It's powerful. It's inviting you to go beneath the surface of your life, to go within, and to begin a process that isn't always easy, but is certain to be filled with expansion and possibility… and magic.

Tiffany was one of the first people to inspire me to discover something greater and deeper within myself and to bring more magic into my life. It is my sincere hope that this interview brings a little bit of that magic to you.

Listen in as Tiffany and I go deep on…

+  That moment when you realize your life has to change; you just can't keep going the same way, and how we can begin to change and to take that journey into ourselves

+  How we can bring the magic of the soul realm into the reality of our daily lives and the strength and joy we can access if we do

+  Scouring the wisdom of your own soul vs looking outside of yourself for the prescription or the right way to do it

+  Exploring the masculine and feminine energies that are within all of us and how we can shift the balance of those energies to show up more fully and effectively in our lives

+  A simple practice you can use when you find yourself feeling behind, comparing yourself to others, and wondering, "Why am I not there yet?

And loads, loads more!

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RESOURCES

+  The Rumi quote that Tiffany mentions, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field.  I'll meet you there.”

+  Blog post from Tiffany about honoring our own rhythms and allowing our full range

ABOUT TIFFANY JOSEPHS

Tiffany Josephs is a mentor, stylist, and creator of Magic Carpet Life, a lifestyle blog for magic-makers and earth-shakers. A romantic at heart and mystic in her soul, she's devoted to inspiring more women to create lives they feel at home in, spaces they love to walk into, and a more colorful expression of personal style.

Connect with Tiffany: 

+  Website: tiffanyjosephs.com

+  Instagram: @magiccarpetlife


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{Ripen 004} A Permission Slip for Pleasure with Kit Murray Maloney

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I first met Kit Murray Maloney in the summer of 2015 when she wrote me and the other members of her tribe a giant permission slip for pleasure. At the time I had no idea the ripple effect this permission slip would create in my life, but without a doubt it and my friendship with Kit are a big part of how this podcast became Ripen.

When I met Kit I was fully entrenched in the doing, doing, doing, stressed out, push myself mode of being, and it was through my connection with her that I first started to discover a more pleasurable way of living.

Listen in as Kit and I jam on...

+  The power and necessity of celebrating women’s pleasure

+  Talking about sex with your friends, why it matters and how to get started

+  Taking the feelings of guilt and selfishness out of the pleasure conversation

+  How to bring more pleasure in your life even if it feels lightyears away from your current life or you’ve never had an orgasm

+  What vulnerability has to do with intuition and how you can use it to get in better communication with yourself

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RESOURCES

+  The Pleasure Pledge 

+  Kit's blogpost on adding an orgasm to your daily routine

+  The digital home of Ariel White, Amant

 

ABOUT KIT MURRAY MALONEY

For the last two decades Kit Murray Maloney has been an activist, student, and entrepreneur committed to channeling her passion for gender equity into a celebration of women's sexual pleasure. She's earned a Masters degree in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics; has been featured in Marie Claire and Glamour magazines, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. She launched her multi-media site O’actually to create a more open dialogue around the existing taboo and yet ultimate importance of women's self pleasure and to promote creative, beautiful, and HOT erotic works made by women for women. Because genuine female orgasms heal and better the world. 

Connect with Kit at:

+  Website: oactually.com

+  Facebook: /kitmmaloney

+  Instagram: @kitmaloney


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{Ripen 003} Knowing What You Want

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This episode is all about desire - juicy, joyful, magical, but sometimes elusive, desire.

The goal of Ripen is to explore how we can create lives that are more aligned with and turned on to our desire. But far and away, the most common answer I get when I ask another woman, "What do you want?" is "I don't know." 

Well it's going to be pretty dang tricky to live more in alignment with our desires if we don't even know what they are! 

So in this episode, we explore...

+  Why desire and knowing what you want matters

+  The common fear many of us have about whether we even have desires

+  The real reasons why we don't know what we want

+  Why it can be scary to acknowledge our desires

+  How we can start to get to know our desire and what we truly want right now

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RESOURCES

+  Sacred Success, Barbara Stanny

+  Interview with Kit Murray Maloney about adding in daily pleasures

+  Coaching and mentoring with me

CONNECT

+  Website: rachelsizemore.com

+  Facebook: /rksize

+  Instagram: @rksize


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{Ripen 002} Feeling Out of Control and How We Heal with Annette Sloan

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Annette Sloan is mind body nutrition coach and a close friend and mentor to me. This episode is so dear to my heart because it relates to my own personal struggle over the years to love and accept my body. Annette shares the healing balm I wish I had back then and that still feels good to hear today. 

This episode is for you if...

+  You are working tirelessly to hit a goal you just can't seem to accomplish and feel shame and pain because of it

+  You have areas in your life that you are holding on and trying to control so tightly

+  You have had the control pendulum swing back the other way and felt completely out of control, binging with food or alcohol or something else

+  You struggle to feel good about your body and feel caught in self-judgment and negativity

+  You've ever questioned yourself, frustrated, "How is this still a struggle? I thought I healed this already!"

Annette and I explore the process of how we heal from these struggles and what becomes possible for us as we move through them. 

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+  Annette's course, Make Peace with Food

+  Institute for the Psychology of Eating

+  A Course in Miracles 

 

ABOUT ANNETTE SLOAN

Annette Sloan is a mind body nutrition coach, award-winning educator, and the creator of Make Peace with Food. After years of struggling with disordered eating (and countless attempts to change through sheer force of will), she discovered a new path to healing – one that shifted everything for her. Today, Annette enjoys food without obsessing over it, and she loves helping women and teens to do the same. Her compassionate approach guides her clients in cultivating self-acceptance and inner peace and embraces the fact that each of us is simultaneously a work-in-progress and a masterpiece.

Connect with Annette at:

+  Website: annettesloan.com

+  Facebook: /wholeheartedannette


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