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The Love Drive: Communication and Intimacy Tools for More Love

The Love Drive: Communication and Intimacy Tools for More Love

Author: Shaun Galanos

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Shaun Galanos is a love coach and the host of The Love Drive Podcast.

His guests and he teach communication and intimacy tools for better relationships and more love.

He believes that communication and vulnerability are the keys to a more loving and more connected world. Join us.
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Here's another pep talk for you. Take it easy. You don't need another podcast, book, coaching session, or workshop. You probably need to take a break instead.  Your life and your relationship cannot be all work and no play. You need rest, relaxation, and fun.  You can work more when you're dead.    The Flirting with Confidence Course  Join us: https://thelovedrive.com/flirting-and-connection-course/   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls.   For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
This week, a pep talk on opening up to love.    The Flirting with Confidence Course starts August 6th Join us: https://thelovedrive.com/flirting-and-connection-course/   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls.   For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Bryan Reeves is a former US Air Force Captain turned relationship coach. Bryan helps men, women, and couples create thriving lives and intimate relationships. In this episode we’re talking about men being worthy of love, and what it means to let love in despite the fear of getting obliterated.   What you'll learn (or why you should care): What it means to love yourself before you can love others How to let yourself feel  Why showing your emotions can bring you closer to your partner How to properly tune into your masculine and feminine energies The difference between codependency and interdependency Where to find Bryan: Website Instagram Facebook Podcast   Resources: Tell The Truth And Let The Peace Fall Where It May - Reeves  Getting To "I Do" - Dr. Pat Allen   The Flirting with Confidence Course starts August 6th Join us: https://thelovedrive.com/flirting-and-connection-course/   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls.   For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Ken Page is an award winning author of the book Deeper Dating and renowned psychotherapist. In this episode, we discuss authentic living and dating, what it looks like for each of us, and how to reach it. Through small and simple exercises, Ken teaches how to recognize and accept our core gifts which are essential for an authentic love life.   What you'll learn (or why you should care):   How to drop the game of seduction in early stage dating.  Importance of acknowledging and naming the core gifts we have as a practice to self acceptance and self love How to build a relationship that is sexually and spiritually satisfying by sharing and being vulnerable The difference between attraction of deprivation and attraction of inspiration. Does my soul feel safe with the other person?   Where to find Ken:   Ken’s six-month intensive course for a small group of lovers The Deeper Dating Podcast Deeper Dating audio course on attraction and deeper intimacy  The Deeper Dating Book: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy By Ken Page  Deeper Dating Online – warm safe and fun online dating place Ken’s Instagram Ken’s Facebook    Resources: David snarch – the crucible, on monogamy The Presale for The Flirting and Connection Course  Learn to connect to love with courage and clarity $75 until July 27th. We start Aug 6th.  www.thelovedrive.com/flirt   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute where he studies the science of sex and relationships. Justin is also the author of the blog Sex & Psychology as well as the author of the book “Tell Me What You Want”. Today we’re talking about sharing your sexual fantasies, building intimacy in your relationships, and how to get more of what you want in your sex life. What you'll learn (or why you should care): How to have a conversation about your fantasies without intimidating your partner  You’ll learn the 7 common themes in sexual fantasies How planning sex may actually boost your sex life You’ll learn what your fantasies actually say about you Uncovering the roots of sexual problems  How sharing fantasies can be used as a tool for heightened arousal Where to find Dr. Justin Lehmiller: Sex & Psychology Blog Instagram Podcast Resources: Tell Me What You Want by Justin Lehmiller The Ethical Slut by Easton & Hardy The Jealousy Workbook by Kathy Labriola  XConfessions App Own Your Sex App   Sign up for the email list Get twice monthly reminders that love is real and presale access to my latest online courses: https://thelovedrive.com/email Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy - for contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Nate Postlethwait is a certified life coach and the creator of the IG hashtag #thehealingcollective. Nate specializes in finding safe ways to share trauma and empower your life story. Today we’re talking about undoing the shame in sexuality, validating pain, and how to process traumatic experiences.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): How to connect with your story and understand how your story impacts every part of your life The tools necessary to engage with parts of you that have experienced trauma  The importance of creating a safe environment and how to hold space for someone  How to avoid giving unsolicited advice and emotional slobber  Where to find Nate Postlethwait: Twitter Instagram Resources: The Other Side of Saved Story Connect Coaching Podcast Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Todd Baratz is a licensed individual and couples psychotherapist who specializes in sex and relationships and also the man behind the @yourdiagnonsese IG account. Today, we’re talking about sexual myths, social media therapy, and porn.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): Understanding cultural scripts about sex Why sex is not just penetration  The effects of mutual masturbation on deepening intimacy  Porn myths and what it means for your sex life Where to find Todd Baratz: Instagram Website Podcast Resources: "Yes, No, Maybe" Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Zoe Kors is a sex & intimacy expert. Sex doesn’t always look like what we see in the movies, and sometimes it doesn’t feel the way we wish it did. But what if I told you, you deserve to have the kind of sex you dream about? Today, we’re talking about improving your sex life, safety and its role in arousal, and how to ask for what you want in the bedroom.    What you’ll learn:  What to do if you’re in a sexless marriage When to let go vs. when to keep working  Opening up your marriage to a new level  Arousal and “safety” in the bedroom Changing the way you masturbate The benefits of “edging”   Topics of discussion: 06:00 - Ten years without sex 11:05 - Bringing sex back into the relationship 17:10 - Intimacy with yourself  19:30 - Defining sexual chemistry 34:10 - Talking about sex with your partner 44:20 - Change the way you masturbate 48:45 - The benefits of “edging” 55:20 - Creating an orgasmic environment    Resources from our discussion: Good Sex - Jessica Graham  Vagina - Naomi Wolfe Slow Sex - Dianna Richardson   Where to find Zoe Kors: Zoekors.com Instagram Facebook YouTube   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Camille Barton is an artist, writer, and somatic educator working on the intersections of wellness, drug policy, and transformative justice. Today, we're exploring the effects of ancestral trauma that people of the global majority (another way to say Black, Indigenous, People of Color) walk around with and how to begin healing that trauma What you'll learn (or why you should care): How social justice overlaps with somatics (the embodied experience) What it means to be a person of the global majority The importance of ongoing grief ritual in social justice work How to get out of your head and into your body How white people can do their own ancestral healing work Where to find Camille: Website: https://www.camillebarton.co.uk Instagram: @Afrooankali Resources: Lumos Transforms | Anchoring Resilience training The Roots of White Supremacy are in Our Bodies By Madelanne Rust-D’Eye Madelanne Rust-D’Eye website Re-evaluating Counseling White Awake - Study, Support, & Action TRE and Shaking Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah Somatic Market Hypothesis - Wiki page Why White People Can't Dance Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter Current workshop on Emotional Availability: https://thelovedrive.com/emotionalavailability
Zoe Bender is a long-time friend, American History high-school teacher, and has been doing social justice activism for over 15 years. Today, we're talking about it what it means to be an ally to the Black community.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): The collective awakening of liberal white folks  Skills necessary for being on the lifelong journey of white allyship What are white socialism and white fragility How you can avoid being a performative ally How to examine your relationship to racism and white supremacy  Resources: White Fragility: Why It's So Hard To Talk To White People About Racism by Robin DiAngelo Article on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo What is Socio Emotional Learning? TatianaTMac's Tweet to White People about Burn Out Showing Up For Racial Justice the UNtraining Donate to The Loveland Foundation The 5 Methods of Divestment & Weaponization of White Power & Privilege from Community Ready Corps The Conscious Competence Ladder as described by Elena Aguilar Tamisha Williams is a dynamic facilitator who uses movement and storytelling to nurture the growth and development of those she serves. She is skilled in using frameworks of equity, justice, and inclusion to assess and develop institutional initiatives. Tamisha is a transformational leader inspiring educators, parents, and school administrators in deepening their equity-literacy skills Minorities Who 'Whiten' Job Resumes Get More Interviews Workshops and Training that Zoe has attended: "People of Color Conference" organized by the National Association of Independent Schools - December 2018 (https://pocc.nais.org/)  "Undoing Racism Workshop" led by People's Institute for Survival and Beyond https://www.pisab.org/ "PeopleSkool" led by POOR magazine https://www.poormagazine.org/ "Being mindful and white in a Multicultural World" led by the East Bay Meditation Center https://eastbaymeditation.org/ Member of "Uruhu Solidarity Movement" under the leadership of the African People's Socialist Party https://uhurusolidarity.org/ "Resisting Racism Workshop" led by Ewuare Osayande and People Organized Working to Eradicate Racism https://osayande.org/  Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter Current workshop on Emotional Availability: https://thelovedrive.com/emotionalavailability
Elena Rossi is a pleasure and slow sex educator, co-founder of a sex toy company, and creator behind the popular Instagram account The Yoni Empire. Elena and I unpack what it means to be authentically you in all relationships, and what is so scary about that.  This is part two of our two-part conversation.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): The importance of compatibility in a relationship How our coping mechanisms can dampen our growth Hot to look inside for the answers you already have   Links and Resources: Author John Welwood: http://www.johnwelwood.com Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacyby Ken Page https://amzn.to/2B2BXN2 Anal Pleasure and Healthby Jack Morin Ph.D. https://amzn.to/3d8mrgJ The Complete Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue: Books I, II & IIIby Neale Donald Walsch https://amzn.to/2ZJNQC4 @noopface on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noopface The Yoni Empire booklist for women's sexual development: https://theyoniempire.com/15-must-read-books-for-womens-sexual-development/ The Yoni Empire booklist for couples: https://theyoniempire.com/11-must-read-sexuality-books-for-couples/ The Healthy Communication Workshop: https://thelovedrive.com/healthy-communication-workshop/ The Love Drive booklist: https://thelovedrive.com/about-shaun/booklist/   Where to find Elena: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/the_yoni_empire/ Website https://theyoniempire.com    Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Elena Rossi is a pleasure and slow sex educator, co-founder of a sex toy company, and creator behind the popular Instagram account The Yoni Empire. Elena and I unpack what it means to be authentically you in all relationships, and what is so scary about that.  This is part one of our two-part conversation.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): How not to dilute yourself when trying to attract a partner The three options available to you when others won't meet your needs How to distinguish between self-work and bringing it up to your partner   Where to find Elena: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/the_yoni_empire/ Website https://theyoniempire.com   Links and Resources: Author John Welwood: http://www.johnwelwood.com Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacyby Ken Page https://amzn.to/2B2BXN2 Anal Pleasure and Healthby Jack Morin Ph.D. https://amzn.to/3d8mrgJ The Complete Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue: Books I, II & IIIby Neale Donald Walsch https://amzn.to/2ZJNQC4 @noopface on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noopface The Yoni Empire booklist for women's sexual development: https://theyoniempire.com/15-must-read-books-for-womens-sexual-development/ The Yoni Empire booklist for couples: https://theyoniempire.com/11-must-read-sexuality-books-for-couples/ The Healthy Communication Workshop: https://thelovedrive.com/healthy-communication-workshop/ The Love Drive booklist: https://thelovedrive.com/about-shaun/booklist/      Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Julia Feldman is a teacher, sex educator, and creator behind the popular Instagram account Giving The Talk. Julia believes that communication and relation tools are fundamental skills that we should be teaching alongside sex education from a very early age, and I whole-heartedly agree.  This is part two of our two-part conversation.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): How your sexuality is continually evolving The ice cream analogy of finding new pleasure in your body    How to explore self-pleasure from a place of curiosity rather than release Where to find Julia: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/givingthetalk Website https://www.givingthetalk.com  Resources/Links: Anal Pleasure and Health: A Guide for Men, Women, and Couples byJack Morin Ph.D: https://amzn.to/3e4LIIV  Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy.  For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub  Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Julia Feldman is a teacher, sex educator, and creator behind the popular Instagram account Giving The Talk. Julia believes that communication and relation tools are fundamental skills that we should be teaching alongside sex education from a very early age, and I whole-heartedly agree.  This is part one of our two-part conversation.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): How to talk about over-apologizing Why giving unsolicited advice can shut some people down (including myself) How to develop well-paced sex education curriculums   Where to find Julia: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/givingthetalk Website https://www.givingthetalk.com     Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Fie Sommer is a taboo-breaking Danish disruptor who talks about what she wishes people talked more about when she was growing up. Today, we're exploring the beauty of surrendering to sex, the healing power of sex, and how to bring ritual and ceremony to your love-making.  This is the second part of our two-part conversation.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): • How to bring intimacy and trust to your sex life • How to bring ceremony and ritual to your love-making • What surrendering to sex can look like   Where to find Fie: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fie.sommer Website https://www.fiesommer.dk   Resources: Slow Sex: The Path to Fulfilling and Sustainable Sexuality by Diana Richardson: https://amzn.to/2AmNOFD Good Sex: Getting Off without Checking Out by Jessica Graham: https://amzn.to/3dC99ca The Glass Wand by Euphemia Russell: https://www.iwishyouknew.net/wand   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Fie Sommer is a taboo-breaking Danish disruptor who talks about what she wishes people talked more about when she was growing up. Today, we're starting with pornography, it's effects on her sex life, and how she transitioned away from using it.  This is part one of our two-part conversation.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): • How to use sex as a tool for connection • Why we have sex when we don't want to • How to say no or to ask for something different   Where to find Fie: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fie.sommer Website https://www.fiesommer.dk   Resources: Slow Sex: The Path to Fulfilling and Sustainable Sexuality by Diana Richardson: https://amzn.to/2AmNOFD Good Sex: Getting Off without Checking Out by Jessica Graham: https://amzn.to/3dC99ca   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter    
Cam Fraser is a sex coach and works to help dispel the myths of male sexuality. Together, we explore the vastness of men's sexuality beyond the myths. We both deepen and widen our definition of what it means to be a sexual man nowadays.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): • Approaching lovemaking as a ceremony • The importance of taking orgasm off the table • Focusing on pleasure over performance   Where to find Cam: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thecamfraser/ Website https://www.cam-fraser.com Resources: The Yes/No/Maybe list: https://www.autostraddle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/sexapalooza-handout-branded.pdf Mantak Chia's book The Multi-Orgasmic Man: https://amzn.to/2z0XJQ8 Diana Richardson's book Slow Sex: https://amzn.to/2Yk0dnn Betty Martin's Wheel of Consent: https://bettymartin.org/videos/ The 3-minute Game by Harry Faddis: https://bettymartin.org/how-to-play-the-3-minute-game/   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Kelsey Grant is a love educator and relationship coach, and together we explore the importance of boundaries, how to set them with love, and give you a ton of examples of what these challenging conversations might look like.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): • How shadow work is connected to self-love • The importance of community when learning to set healthy boundaries • What these conversations actually sound like   Where to find Kelsey: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/radicalselflove The Sunday Self-Love Service https://mailchi.mp/09e458f7a5a1/sundayselfloveservice The Legendary Love Academy https://www.legendaryloveacademy.com/   The Healthy Communication Workshop starts April 9th Tools for all relationships https://thelovedrive.com/healthycommunication   Discounted coaching for April 20% off all coaching sessions booked in April: https://thelovedrive.com/coaching   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
We all have an inner child full of love, creativity, intuition, and wisdom. And that inner child in all of us sometimes needs some extra love and some healing.  Chloé Huth is a child psychologist and therapist and together we go deep on how to heal our inner child wounds, the importance of being able to recognize and name a wide range of feelings, how our environment growing up affects our ability to regulate our emotions, and much more.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): • How to begin healing and loving your inner child • The importance of community in healthy childhood and adult development • How you can begin to reparent yourself today   Where to find Chloé: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/parents.of.berlin   Resources: Parents of Berlin: www.parentsofberlin.com     The Healthy Communication Workshop starts April 9th Tools for all relationships https://thelovedrive.com/healthycommunication   Discounted coaching for April 20% off all coaching sessions booked in April: https://thelovedrive.com/coaching   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
Do you struggle to make your needs easy to meet? Can you effectively communicate what it is you truly need? And, what if you could make it easy for your loved one to succeed in meeting your needs?  Liz Earnshaw is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a certified Gottman therapist. We go deep on the importance of communicating your needs, sharing what having those needs met will bring to your life and the idea that relationships require constant flexibility for them to thrive.  What you'll learn (or why you should care): • The difference between an ultimatum and a boundary • How to deal with dismissive partners • The three choices when your loved one can't/won't meet your needs   Where to find Liz: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lizlistens   Resources: A Better Life Therapy:https://abetterlifetherapy.com/ Love Lessons 365 Program:https://lovelessons.mykajabi.com/ Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski: https://amzn.to/2ywtP6b The Four Noble Truths of Love by Susan Piver: https://amzn.to/34ha7HF Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg: https://amzn.to/2JLRIsN The Gottman Institute: https://www.gottman.com/about/research/couples/   The Healthy Communication Workshop starts April 9th Tools for all relationships https://thelovedrive.com/healthycommunication   Discounted coaching for April 20% off all coaching sessions booked in April: https://thelovedrive.com/coaching   Join The Lovebird Club A private community for those who value love, trust, and intimacy. Group support and weekly calls. For contributing lovebirds only: https://thelovedrive.com/thelovebirdclub   Learn more about The Love Drive Website https://thelovedrive.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thelovedrive Newsletter https://thelovedrive.com/newsletter
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