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Am I Crazy?

Do you ever have the thought: Am I crazy?
I know I do.

Yesterday, when I was standing on top of my desk, in my black leather jacket, singing every word to ‘Thunder Road’ and playing air guitar, and the UPS guy walked in, I had that thought.  But, when I looked over at him, he seemed to get it and like it.  He smiled and gave me the thumbs up.

When I made my spin teacher, Danny, who I am obsessed with, sign my workout top with a sharpie and I formed a fan club in his honor, I wondered the same thing.

Or when I jumped on a plane to LA, just to ride roller coasters with some friends for the day.

Or when I stayed up half the night, on a school night, outside, with my pal Sheila, in February, on her hotel patio, snuggled in blankets and pillows, drinking wine, looking at the stars, waving to pedestrians, and talking deeply of all manner of things.

Or when I feel like the scourge of the universe and everything is going wrong, and I know I am the ultimate loser, but I stop everything and take at least an hour to carefully shower, do my hair and makeup, and insist I look fabulous.

A woman suffocates in the sane, the predictable, the mundane.  Her life force expires if she does the same inevitable meaningless tasks, day after day after day after day.  A woman just does not make a very good beast of burden.  There is no question that she is capable of working hard and accomplishing a lot, but it will feel like living death unless her heart, spirit, mind, and body are fed.

The food for the heart, spirit, mind, and body of woman?

Is crazy.
Really.  No joke.
It means she has to say “yes” to her outrageous longing, and run towards whatever calls her.
It means she has to stand inside her beauty—and insist on it—no matter what befalls her.
It means she has to explore her joy, as if it mattered to her, in a world that teaches her the opposite.
It means she has to re-learn spontaneity.
Act on her truth rather than other people’s expectations.
Risk living her dreams, despite all that could go wrong.
Flirt her way behind every velvet rope that tries to restrain her.

In fact, the only way to have an utterly and completely gratified life is to be crazy.  To take risks.  To vault over obstacles.  And run like a fury towards whatever you love most.  Every single day of your life with all your heart.

And I know women like I know myself.
If she is not crazy, she is missing the best parts of being alive.
In the spirit of pleasure research
Would you like to do an experiment with me?  Let’s go a little crazy today.

Here is a list of 7 utterly crazy options that might fall outside the lines of what you might normally consider ‘de rigueur.’  But, toss one of these crazies in your mix, and report back here, on the blog, and let me know what you did and how it impacted your day:

1.    Slip off your panties.  Right now.  Leave them home, or in your purse.  See how ‘our little secret’ impacts your day.
2.    Whether you are married or single, go up to someone you have a crush on, and tell them.
3.    Stand on your desk, sing out loud, and duet with your favorite artist!  Take a video and post it on my Facebook page.
4.    Take a few minutes to primp, right now.  Gloss up, get a blow out, throw on some sexy boots and take control of the world’s stage.
5.    Make a list of 3 activities that you loved when you were 5 years old.  Picnic in the park?  Swings and slides?  Ice skating?  Ice cream?  Digging for worms?  Dress up?  Call in sick and take a Retro-Pleasure Day for yourself.
6.    Dress inappropriately for an activity.  Wear a Halloween costume as you walk your dog.  Wear a bikini under your work clothes.  Put on rhinestones at your home office or when you do housework.
7.    Meet up with a gang of girlfriends and praise the sh*t out of each other.

You have only one sweet small life.  My job is to give you the playground and the opportunity to blow that precious life up to a size that suits your soul.  We have a few spots left in the School of Womanly Arts Mastery Program, where the curriculum is all about living larger than you have ever dreamed. Grab one here or call The Palace at 212-787-2411 x1.

I know some of you out there have a desire to take this year’s Mastery program, and have written it off because it seems like the craziest thing you could ever do. I want you to know that as a woman, the sanest thing you can do is invest in your ecstasy.  To strap your saddle onto the unknown and take that ride into the land of your dreams and desires.  Crazy is where a woman’s truest sanity lives, and the world needs more of it.  The last day to enroll in Mastery is this Friday, March 9th.  Come to Mama.  Let’s get crazy.

“With a chance to make it good somehow
Hey what else can we do now?
Except roll down the window
And let the wind blow
Back your hair
Well the night’s busting open
These two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back
Heaven’s waiting on down the tracks
Oh-oh come take my hand
Riding out tonight to case the promised land
Oh-oh thunder road, oh thunder road oh thunder road…”

–Bruce Springsteen

With so much love and pleasure,
Mama Gena

P.S. Did you catch Friday’s blog on Cheryl Richardson? Check it out here.

(Photo: lizlinder.com)

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  • SG Ditte March 17, 2012, 7:57 am

    Pantyfree, juice up and ready to go…..to Mastery!

  • Nelda March 9, 2012, 12:36 pm

    YAY!! You remind me to continue to feel great! Thanks to all the goddesses and most especially to MamaGena! Cheers!

  • Briana March 8, 2012, 1:13 am

    Oooh Ooh Oooh sooooo inspired by outrageousness right now!
    Thank you Mama! This is the spark I have been looking for.
    I am getting so good at being in my tender loving pleasure all day long, NOW I am going to kick it up a notch….Spicy!
    And this makes me so happy because I absolutely know that when I flaunt my sass, all my goddesses will follow in suit. What a gorgeous ripple effect!

  • mama gena March 7, 2012, 8:14 pm

    it is so good when we take pause, right, oceana!!??
    panty free is power, jane!! 🙂
    can’t wait to see you in mastery, natalie!
    tiiu- i have purple hyacinths on my desk, too! love them.
    orkideea-i am so happy to hear from you and hear how you are maintaining your pleasure!
    hey janie- can’t wait for mastery! will you be panty free??
    xo
    mg

  • Janie March 7, 2012, 8:20 am

    Hi Mama,

    Being crazy is just what I need today! Thanks so much. Can’t wait for weekend #1. Haven’t put any panties on yet, so that will be easy. We’ll see what else I can come up with today…

  • Orkideea Safire Blica March 7, 2012, 6:39 am

    Oh thank you a Million, Mama Gena to upright and doing my inner longing and feelings right. I both want to take care and be succesful with my business, and I am really doing everything to design it my way. I belive in Pleasure Business and stand up for that in my business. At the same time I get caught by wanting to do so good, beeing more target and effectiv, in the old way, and less boheme – artistic. But it make dryede out, tired and want to run away. Thank you for this community were I can be remind and live out of my true SG. soul. Hugs SG. delicious Orkideea

  • Tiiu March 7, 2012, 6:03 am

    Bought myself some hyacinths to have their lovely smell in my rooms. Have lathered VERY expensive body lotion on me morning and night for the past three days. Eat sushi for dinner and freshly made avocado salad for breakfast. Prayed for short meetings and got them TWO times in a row!!!! (how cool is that when you feel down and heavy?) Oh I wish I could remember to be alert for my pleasure and practice the womanly arts – life is just so much better if I do!

    Love,

    SG Tiiu

  • NectarNataie nLA March 6, 2012, 5:32 pm

    M A M A…. rockin’ in the free world… inspiring us all to play!!

    I’m crazy in love with life… flowing with a smile on my face with so much love N appreciation … looking forward to expanding in Mastery/Mystery!!

    loV n sWeetness,
    Natalie

  • Jane March 6, 2012, 3:39 pm

    OK, I did it! I took my panties right off and hung them on the chair. Went to lie down for a short nap ……
    and my husband was in the bed with me in under 20 minutes. YUM! Thanks MAMA!!!! Love and Snuggles.

  • Oceana March 6, 2012, 1:39 pm

    So grateful for you, for your work and for your genius, Mama Gena! Anyone on a fence about Mastery should jump in quick because it is the most life changing, passion affirming, empowering and uplifting thing a woman can do!
    Thank you for giving me pause today to check in and see if I’m just rolling along in the world of tasks, or if I’m practicing pleasure like you taught me.
    Love you and all of your crazy, and aspiring to be more like your crazy every day!
    Mwah!

  • mama gena March 6, 2012, 1:30 pm

    ro- it is always a HUGE pleasure to hear from you. i love the thought of you jumping on the bed before work!
    karin- you do not have a fuddy duddy bone in your body.
    lauren- i can’t wait to see you in mastery!
    donna- soon jagger will be singing about ‘the moves like donna’…
    valerie- you are going to have a crazy day!
    tara- i am so looking forward to having you in mastery.
    diana- it is my pleasure to goose you….
    xo
    mg

  • Diana March 6, 2012, 1:03 pm

    “A woman suffocates in the sane, the predictable, the mundane. Her life force expires if she does the same inevitable meaningless tasks, day after day after day after day.”

    Yes. I know that feeling. Know it all too well. Will know it again today…Unless I do something to change.

    Thank you for the goose. I desperately needed it.

  • Tara Dixon March 6, 2012, 12:45 pm

    You definitely have me smiling with this one. Beaming actually!
    Shaking things up is the surest way to circumvent our “lots in life.”
    Reading your brilliant examples reminds me of watching some great football play being orchestrated and a touch down being scored and wanting to cheer up and down!
    Thanks for revealing the short cut to JOY: Crazy.
    Who knew?!
    Looking forward to seeing you again in the Mastery Classroom this Spring.
    much love-
    SG Tara

  • Valerie Sargent March 6, 2012, 12:02 pm

    You rock woman! I love the crazy things to do today, and yes, I am going to do one of them!
    Peace and much love to you,
    Valerie

  • Donna March 6, 2012, 11:58 am

    thanks for the wake up call!
    This crazy gal is:
    1) panty free
    2) Freshly showered
    3) In a pretty long dress that I feel very sexy in
    4) About to go dance to “Moves Like Jagger” in honor of my crazy self!

    Here’s to the mischief being stirred up around the world today in honor of you!
    xxoo
    Donna

  • Lauren March 6, 2012, 11:43 am

    Mama Gena…I have no words. You sent chills up my spine when I read this blog…especially the line, “a woman suffocates in the sane”. The truth in this blog is so profound to woman…thank you for putting a name to that nameless wild woman in all of us. She now has a voice. Cannot wait to be in Mastery with you to blow the lid off my bigness and to let the wild woman out. Counting down the days:)

  • Karin Witzig Rozell March 6, 2012, 11:27 am

    Hot damn! That was on point, yet again Mama. Going to do something about my fuddy-duddyness STAT. 😉 Thanks!

  • Rochelle Schieck March 6, 2012, 11:18 am

    Mama Gena does it again! Regena, you are the ultimate artist at taking something that everyone can relate to and shifting the perception from disempowering to empowering. Crazy is something I have been called by every man I’ve dated and yet, I always thought it endearing, exuberant and enchanting would have been better words. I loved all your personal examples and suggestions for us all to re-learn spontaneity. There is such magic and transformation in that simple shift. Every woman that takes mastery is in for such a treat. You’re on my gratitude list everyday for the evolution of consciousness around pleasure, ecstasy and community that i’ve received under your watch. Off to sing and dance while jumping on the bed before work today and who knows what I’ll wear…or not wear.
    Love, Rochelle