Sensual Bliss Voyager ~ The Definition

Sen·su·al

ADJECTIVE

1.  carnal: relating to physical or, especially, sexual pleasure

2.  voluptuous: suggesting a great deal of physical or, especially, sexual pleasure

“sensual lips”

3.  sensory: relating to the body or the senses as opposed to the mind or the intellect

[ 15th century. < late Latin sensualis “equipped with feeling or sensation” < Latin sensus(see sense) ]

sen·su·al·ly ADVERB

sen·su·al·ness NOUN

Word Usage

sensual or sensuous Both words are connected with gratification of the human senses. Sensual is the older word, and in the 17th century it developed special meanings associated with the bodily appetites, especially eating and above all sexual satisfaction: Her mouth looked sensual and inviting. They enjoyed the sensual pleasures of the table. About this time the poet John Milton seems to have invented the word sensuous to refer more specifically to the aesthetic and spiritual senses (seeing, hearing, thinking), and it was taken up by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the 19th century. In current use, it is almost impossible to keep the two sets of meanings apart, since the senses cannot readily be compartmentalized in this way, but it is prudent to have regard for the main distinction when using these words. Sensuous, for example, is the word to use in connection with music or poetry: The conductor relished the sensuous parts of Ravel’s score.

Bliss

NOUN

1. complete happiness: perfect happiness

“It was bliss to have a day at home.”

2. spiritual joy: a state of spiritual joy

[  Old English, alteration of blīþs < Germanic, “gentle, kind” ]

Cultural Note

Bliss, a novel (1981) by Australian writer Peter Carey. A fable about the battle between good and evil, it tells the story of advertising executive Harry Joy who, after a successful heart bypass operation, becomes convinced that he has woken up in Hell. It was made into a movie by Ray Lawrence in 1985.

Voy·a·ger

NOUN

 traveler: somebody who makes a long journey to or through a place

Being Sensual Is Not Only About Sex

Sensuality and how we relate to our surroundings are two of the most important factors in our daily lives.

After all, without touch there would be no feeling; without sight, we wouldn’t see beauty; without sound, there would be no music; without taste, food would hold no delight; without scent our lovemaking would not hold the enchantment we long for.

Humans need to be touched. Physical contact is important for both our mental and physical well-being. I recently read that we need 14 hugs a day to be healthy. It’s not unusual for individuals to go for long periods of time without even getting a hug from another person. When in a relationship we may take kisses and hugs for granted, but when single, we may lament the loss of touch and sensuality in our lives. So, how does a single person find the nurturing and sensual feelings of touch without going the route of one night stands and quick flings? For many people, the idea of sensuality is associated with sexuality. We think of sensual touch, sensual kisses, and sensual moments between the sheets.

At its core, however, being sensual is not about sex at all. Being sensual is about living in your senses as opposed to your mind. It means connecting to your physical body as it exists, perceives and feels in this very moment. The Way of the Peaceful Warrior speaks to this…being present…in the moment. It is a philosophy embraced by many religions.

Sensuality is taking pleasure in the world around us. It is being Present and aware of our surroundings.

You can become more sensual at any moment by becoming aware of your five senses. What are you hearing? What are touching? What are you tasting? What are you seeing? What are you smelling? Find the sensual energy in everything: your foot rolling through a step, your fingers tapping on the keyboard, your lips and tongue pronouncing words, your eyes moving from one object to another. No action is too small to ignite your senses. Move your body freely and often. Walk. Dance. Bike. Swim. Swing your arms. Stretch.

Don’t be in a hurry to move onto the next thing. Don’t rush a conversation to a close, a career to its next level or a kiss to sex.

A sensual person experiences each moment totally—and knows that a simple, complete, fully present, deep inhale can evoke as much ecstasy as anything.

Sensuality is taking pleasure in the world around us.

Who doesn’t enjoy slipping into bed with the scent and the feel of freshly laundered sheets, hung outside to dry, against our skin? Especially after a warm shower or bath in which we slathered our bodies with softly scented luxurious oils and creams? I have a few favorites, don’t you?

I love getting prepared for my love to come over. Shaving all the parts he likes smooth and leaving those he likes to be simply manicured. Smoothing oils & lotions with heady aromas on my warm skin; my hair washed & softly cascading over my shoulders.

Clean soft bedding, candles everywhere so there is no harsh light to jar our senses. Softly playing seductive music in the background from a playlist so carefully constructed. Our favorite tidbits of fruits & sweets to nibble on….our favorite beverages…bliss… sensual bliss.