Introduction to Holistic Sexual Health Aimed at Decolonization By Daniela of Mama Sin Vergüenza

“Your sexuality is rooted in your relationship with yourself. Although our cultural model tells us that sex is about what you do with other people, those connections are actually secondary. Your true primary relationship is with yourself. All other sexual connections flow from this foundational relationship.

Your sexuality is also holistic, encompassing your connection with all the interwoven, inseparable facets of your wondrous self and all that surrounds you. That includes your unique genetic blueprint; your physical, emotional and spiritual relationship with your body; your history and life experiences; the beliefs that you were exposed to growing up; your current beliefs and assumptions; your past and present intimate relationships; the myriad communities you’re part of; our ubiquitous media; and all of our many other influences. All these things together are what have formed your unique relationship with yourself and affect all your connections to the world.

For many people, many of these influences are unconscious and buried in shadow and shame. If you want to have better sex, explore your full erotic potential and have deeply healthy intimate relationships with others, you need to begin with your relationship with yourself and bring your sexuality into the light of awareness. Only after you have done this important learning and healing work and developed a strong foundation of self-love and connection to your source can you become your own fabulous lover, and proceed from there to have your relationships with others be the healing partnerships and divine union we all yearn for.

Your sexuality, in other words, isn’t only a portal to pleasure- it’s also a gateway to yourself.”

~Sheri Winston, CNM, RN, BSN, LMT in “Women’s Anatomy of Arousal”

The 7 Pathways

To the right are the seven pathways for holistic sexuality. Each of these pathways contributes to the whole picture of what your sexual health is today. Consider each pathway and its specific impact on your sexual health. You can explore how even small changes on these paths may lead to a fuller more satisfying sexual life.

Your Cycle Superpowers!

New Moon-Bleeding

  • Libido: Can increase in early bleeding time or day before.Can also be a time of solitude and quiet.
  • Emotions: Letting go, death to rebirth, grief. Evaluate, listen to gut feelings.
  • Energy: Inward, quiet, insightful, intuitive.

How can you fully indulge and make space for the gifts of rest, intuition, and reflection?

Waxing Moon- Bleeding to ovulation phase (follicular)

  • Libido: Increasing along with cervical fluids. Feeling more attractive and on the prowl.
  • Emotions: Optimistic, social, extroverted, flirty, creative.
  • Energy: Outward, upbeat, physical energy high, problem solving, peak brain function.

What are you creating? What plans can you put in place toward this vision?

Full Moon: Ovulation

  • Libido: Hot and juicy! Lots of lubrication and fluids.
  • Emotions: Inspired, creative, extroverted, and communicative.
  • Energy: Full, outward, bright, clear, and community focused.

What can you birth into the world? Who can you connect with that will inspire you?

Waning Moon: Ovulation to Bleeding (Luteal Phase)

  • Libido: Wanes. Less sensitivity in genitals. Membrane of vagina dry and most vulnerable at this time.
  • Emotions: Becoming aware of challenges. Self-reflective, detail oriented, internal, sensitive.
  • Energy: Diminishing, inward, physically lower, nesting.

What needs clearing? Or organizing? What is being completed?

Stress and Your Sexual Health

Stress Response Cycle: One of the most important ways you can support your own sexual health is to make sure that the fight or flight cycle is completed. Create a healthy context to follow your matriz to “unfreeze, escape your predator, kill your enemy, rejoice.” Or in other words, release your emotions. This week make time for:

  • Physical movement/ exercise
  • Create art
  • Talk to loved ones
  • Give and receive physical affection
  • Feel your feels
“Pleasure is the embodiment of our desire. Pleasure is how we live the exquisite, intuitive feeling state of the feminine. Pleasure is expressed through sensations in the body, the movement of energy and our radiance. Pleasure can be subtle like a warm bath or explosive like a full body orgasm. Our relationship with pleasure is an indicator of the state of our vibrancy and health.” ~ Lara Catone

Pleasure Prompts

1. What is one thing you want to do that will increase your individual pleasure? That will “fill” you up?

2. What is one thing that you want to do with your partner or a close loved one that will be pleasurable?

3. What is one thing that you want to do with your family that will increase your collective pleasure?

Think Through Archetypal Representations of "The Feminine" or "Womanhood"

La Virgen or Our Lady of Guadelupe or The Virgin Mary

  • Is this archetype something you are striving toward as the ideal?
  • What parts of yourself to you see represented or not?
  • What would make La Virgen a fuller representation of womanhood?

Nuestra Madre y Coatlique

  • What feelings does this image evoke for you?
  • Do you know who coatlique was/is?
  • Do you think this is a more well- rounded representation of womanhood?
  • What is missing?
" Segments" by Cordelia Chávez Candelaria

She peeled the orange tenderly

as if it were a letter from a lover.

Air became tangy citrus mist

caressing every fragrant breath she took.

She pulled the fruity wedge

from its vulnerable whole and sucked it soft.

Fingers of oily sweetness clung all she touched,

orange prints separate from the tender hand placing peel and seed

and stringy membrane into another mass of parts.

Sweet grip on a segment of her life.


Created with images by William Daigneault - "untitled image" • Ronny Sison - "Chavelita" • MasimbaTinasheMadondo - "people emotion dramatic" • Kaitlyn Chow - "Mandarines"

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