But it usually includes three important elements: sexual connection, emotional connection and spiritual connection.
Let’s focus on the sexual connection for now.
Whether it is the pain of being rejected, the pain of never being pursued…
The pain of mismatched desire, different desires, or the pain of having no desire — feeling “broken” sexually takes a huge toll on one’s self-image.
It also takes a huge toll on the marriage itself. This is because we attach so many meanings to sex and our sexuality. A season in marriage of no sex feels like a drought in a barren land.
If you love your mate but your sex life is struggling…
These five steps will help you explore better marriage intimacy, sex, love and passion and experience a positive turnaround in your marriage.
Step #1: Feel Good about Yourself
Maybe — if we start looking differently at the whole relationship.
Instead of seeing each issue as a problem to be solved… try to see instead how it is a paradox to be managed.
And the first step to this is feeling good about yourself.
Part of the beauty of falling in love was seeing yourself through the eyes of someone who was crazy about you.
Being loved and admired by another feels great…
However, self-confidence is truly an inside job.
For sex to sizzle and for marriage to rock you must have a strong sense of your own identity. Knowing who you truly are, and loving that person in the mirror lets you bring your erotic energy to the marriage bed.
When you choose to bring the best of yourself to the best in your mate, you both grow in passion and pleasure.
Many women confide to me that they somehow feel that sex is dirty or boring or even gross.
Others — both men and women — are just exhausted and sexual activity seems like a lot of work.
Whatever the case, the good news is that becoming aware of our sexual beliefs and how we got them can give us the chance to change them.
It may be powerful to write down all your beliefs about sex, love and your body, and see if those beliefs still serve you.
You can choose to believe that sex is a precious gift to be savored and celebrated. You can choose to see it as a relief to stress and an aid to sleep. These beliefs will actually help your brain release more productive hormones.
Nothing kills sex drive like a loss of attraction.
Lost attraction is built through resentment, criticism and lack of forgiveness.
Maybe your mate has let themselves get frumpier over the years and they bear little resemblance to the person you fell in love with.
That may seem unfair, but you can still become more attracted to your spouse just as they are right now.
This often helps them return to the person they were designed to be. Work on ways to look for what is great about your spouse.
Sexual intimacy is about shedding the stress and getting in touch with the present moment.
It’s a sensuous experience, which means it involves your senses.
Learn to breathe deeply throughout the day and give your full presence to the moment at hand.
Look for the sights, sounds, fragrances, flavors and sensations that are enjoyable.
Tell yourself that you are looking forward to being able to experience renewed passion in your love life.
I love it when people email to say that they’ve been reading my blog and listening to my radio show with their spouse.
That’s often an easy first step to opening up dialogue.
The important thing is to talk to your mate as if you are on the same team…
And refuse to believe that your future will be dictated by your past. Keep your focus on finding solutions and growing together.
Have Great Sex Tonight, Even if You’re Not in the Mood
Again, not every frustration points to a “problem” that needs to be solved, but rather more of a puzzle to be figured out.
So now I’m curious…
Where are you in this journey towards greater sexual intimacy in your marriage?
Are you a higher-desire spouse who is frustrated over low quality or quantity sex in your marriage? Are you a lower-desire spouse who wants to know how to recover your sexual vitality?
Whatever the case, you can revive the spark in your marriage.
To help you get started, check out my marriage-boosting program designed to help you…
Enjoy really great sex and soul-bonding connection, even when You’re NOT in the mood!
About the Author:
Gina Parris is an international speaker, performance coach, wife, mother of four, and creator of the Sexy Marriage Solution.
She is dedicated to helping people heal their sexual and relational issues.
As a speaker and as a coach, Gina’s trademarks are her sense of humor, her high energy level, and her passion for results. These are all are fueled by her unwavering belief in her clients and their Creator.
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