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Erwan Davon Erwan Davon sexpert. ecstasy extender. avid enjoyer.

Over the past 17 years, Erwan Davon has taught thousands of singles and couples how to have exceptional romantic relationships. He's the founder, president, and senior teacher of Erwan Davon Teachings. [www.erwandavon.com]

My source of enjoyment is reality, being, spirituality, life. Of course, I enjoy a cup of coffee, too, and I enjoy teaching advanced relationship skills and extended orgasm techniques, but I find that my sense of enjoyment comes fundamentally from presence, from life itself, and is then funneled into other things. If there’s ever a blockage in that main line, all the things downstream don’t get fed.

I think I’ve known this intuitively my whole life, and I assume that everyone has had or does have an intuitive awareness of it, too. When I mention it in our teachings, people usually resonate with it.

During my difficult childhood, I certainly didn’t realize that I knew enjoyment comes fundamentally from presence, but had forgotten. I was lucky to have had a difficult childhood, because I ended up doing and exploring things like therapy, transformational courses, and Eastern religion. So I was re-reminded of what I’d forgotten, probably most palpably when living in a Zen monastery.

I was about 20 when I went to a monastery for a couple of weeks. The first day I was there, they woke me up at four in the morning. I sat in the meditation hall doing my best to meditate, but having a very difficult time. I was tired and literally falling asleep. We didn’t meditate for half an hour, but for about three hours! I was really suffering.

The next day, I went to see the head monk who manages the students. I told him about my experience and said I thought this wasn’t really for me. He asked me an interesting question: “Were you in the Zen meditation hall?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Well, then everything you were doing was right.”

After that, I did a bunch of transformational courses in California. I started to focus on romantic relationships and sexuality and blend the two rather than keeping them separate. I was interested in women and I was interested in sex and life, but I was also interested in where all the enjoyment was coming from. I wanted to put it all together – selfishly at first, but then I wanted to offer what I learned to others.

The biggest differentiating factor in having a meaningful life is probably being lucky enough to come into contact with somebody who’s awake and aware. Then we’re much more likely to experience that for ourselves.

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