Have you found yourself craving touch and intimacy, yet your partner barely responds to your advances?
Perhaps, during sex, he is not very sensual: no kissing, no touching, no eye contact, no foreplay whatsoever?
Maybe he complains after sex, saying he can’t understand why you don’t orgasm when all his past lovers did?
Or post sex, he just turns over and falls asleep or worse, lights a cigarette and refuses to touch you or hold you for a snuggle?
Having an indifferent lover hurts.
It leaves us feeling unmet, raw, and wondering what in the world is wrong with us.
We berate ourselves for not being sexy or skilled enough in bed.
Feeling sexually broken or handicapped, we may feel angry while experiencing insane jealousy and suspicion of all other women.
To make matters worse, we are convinced that our inadequate and somehow immature sexuality will never be able to fulfill the needs of a true intimate relationship.
Ultimately, we struggle to fight the rising panic inside us that we will never be sexually met and happy with a partner.
First off, you are not broken and there is nothing wrong with you!
“If there is nothing wrong with me, why do I feel so bad?”
We are raised in a world that has completely misunderstood the vital importance of sexual intimacy.
In this world, sexuality and pleasure are commodities, they are things we ‘do’ to someone or ourselves in order to ‘get’ a certain result.
The porn industry and Disney fairytales of love have sold us the ‘ideal’ scenario for intimacy.
Therefore, when we are experiencing an indifferent lover, it shatters our illusions of what love/desire needs to look like.
And our default is to blame ourselves for destroying our ‘happily ever after’ fantasy.
The first step in recovering from the death of our romantic ideals is to recognize this as an incredible opportunity to get real.
Getting real is sexy and is a profound relief to our psyche.
What does it mean to get real?
It means recognizing our own insecurities and false ideals along with our projections — the image of love/desire we project onto another person believing it to be real.
It also means having a good look at our current reality and being willing to ask ourself some tough questions.
Here are 5 question that can help you change your sex life:
- What is really going on here? (Be very specific about your observations)
- What needs do I have that are not being met in this relationship?
- What am I honestly bringing as erotic inspiration to this relationship?
- Am I afraid to be masterful with my pleasure and express myself shamelessly?
- Why am I choosing to stay in a relationship that feels so unfulfilling and unloving?
Remember, when someone says they are bored sexually, it may have nothing to do with you.
If they claim that all their other lovers were happy while we are not, this could also have nothing to do with us.
Sometimes this just points to the person being overly identified with certain techniques while lacking the skill or desire to attune themselves to our body.
Perhaps it just reveals their sexual insecurity and lack of creativity when it comes to discovering what makes us purr.
Not everyone is willing to take responsibility for creating delicious sexual connections.
Beyond good/bad, right/wrong lives a world of exquisite experiences.
The gift of this experience is to learn about ourselves: what we love and don’t love, what we deeply desire, where we can stand to learn a thing or two, and what is not acceptable without making up stories about ourself!
When we are able to step back from obsessively analyzing our relationship in attempts to make it better, we give ourselves the space to notice what is actually happening.
For some of us, indifferent lovers are a symbol of how we relate to ourselves! They are mirroring where we have forgotten to love ourselves.
For others, indifferent lovers are an opportunity to discover what is truly meaningful and important to us and to hold that as worthy.
It is a chance to champion ourselves as gourmet and to deepen our own self-love and turn-on.
We are precious. Our pleasure is precious.
And anyone who cannot see and uphold that isn’t worth the gift of our sensual self.
Indifferent lovers gift us the amazing opportunity to learn about ourselves and to discover what really matters to us in intimacy.
Courageously let them go with gratitude, and bravely continue on your path of unveiling your erotic intelligence.
If you would love to strengthen your capacity for making conscious choices and for attuning yourself to your erotic intelligence, check out Dr. Saida’s book, The Emergence of the Sensual Woman.