About my journey to pleasure.
I am Aude Barras founder of The Intimacy Guide. Thanks for being here. I'd like to dive into the story of The Intimacy Guide project and myself.
Early in my adult life, I found myself successful by western standards - job, check, fancy degrees, check, relationship, check - yet, I felt like something big was missing.
It seemed like all of my achievements were a distractions from my core issue.
I felt unsafe in my body.
I felt disconnected from myself and insecure.
It was as if I had become a professional at lying to myself.
Even though I practiced yoga and meditation, none of it was actually landing. I wasn’t inhabiting my body, free from judgement and fear. Instead I was working out in an attempt to be "better."
The moment I received this insight, something inside shifted.
Western culture does a brilliant job training us to be go-getters, over achievers and five year planners.
I began a search for what my western education lacked, deep presence and radical self acceptance. From McGill University in Montreal, to the jungles of Thailand, I immersed myself in the Taoist Tantric practices of sensuality, freedom and expansion.
Through these ancient modalities I discovered a doorway that led me back to myself, my authentic tenderness, that allowed me reclaim my path of abundance, pleasure and grace.
This truth can only be experienced, not simply taught.