May 4, 2014

The Mental and Emotional Benefits...

I read a post a week ago by P Surren titled "Statistics is Becoming a Real Pain in My Ass".  Most of the

post was about her struggles with her statistics class and how much she hates and doesn't understand it.  But that's not what the main point of the post was, at least not to me.  You see, as much as she was struggling and stressing over it, it was the spanking her Daddy gave her that helped get her focused and back on track.

We are all involved in this lifestyle for many reasons.  We all get something from it and need things from it that help us stay in balance and feeling our best.  Without it, we feel as though we are lacking or missing something.  There is a void.  Sometimes it's the physical aspects we need.  Sometimes it's the mental and emotional calmness it gives us.  And sometimes it is the combination of it all.

As much as we all read and see the sexual aspects of this lifestyle, it's not always about the sex.  It's what is behind the sex that we thrive on.  It's the power and control that drives us.  For some, it's giving up that power and control.  For others, it's having it and being able to exert it.  Yes, that may bring about the sexual play and arousal, but it's the power, or lack thereof, that we need the most.

In the case of P Surren it had nothing at all do to with sex, and I think in the day to day lives we lead within this lifestyle, that is typically the case.  It's being in our roles and place for each other within our relationships. There are submissives that need the guidance, leadership and Dominance of their partner, and there are the Dominants that need to be able to lead, be in control, and have the submission of their partner.  Each one works together to be what the other needs.  Each feeds off the other.  We need this exchange back and forth to be able to be who we are, to feel right, and to feel like ourselves...to feel balanced and centered...to feel focused.

For P Surren, she was off-kilter, couldn't focus, and was really stressed and having a hard time.  Her Daddy recognized this, called her aside, and gave her the spanking she needed to be able to let go of the stress, clear her mind, and get back on track.  What it the spanking itself?  Was it her Daddy stepping up, taking the lead, recognizing her problem, and taking action with his Dominant position?  I believe it was a combination of both.  It was both of these things that she needed to relieve her stress, be able to feel more like herself, and get re-balanced.

I think this speaks loudly to the essence of what this lifestyle is and means to us.  It's not just about the sex, or bondage, or wild play.  It's about the peace and serenity it gives us.  It's about the benefits we see on a mental and emotional level from being involved in a power exchange relationship.  In no way is this what everyone likes or needs, or is it for everyone.  Yet, I think the basis of it is pretty much the same for us all.  It centers around the exchange of power and roles in the relationship, and just how much we really do need that in our lives.  It helps provide the balance we need to feel like ourselves through the expression of this give and take of Power and Dominance.

This is certainly not just geared towards the submissive either.  I think this is just as much of a need for the Dominant.  As much as the submissive needs to feel this power over her, the Dominant needs to feel his power and control and know that it is expected of him, accepted from him, and that his actions in being this way do have great benefits to his submissive.  In the case of P Surren, I'm sure her Daddy got just as much from the spanking as she did.  There is no better feeling for a Dominant than the satisfaction of seeing his submissive happy and content from his Dominance, and knowing she is that way because of him.

We all gain from this, Dominant and submissive alike.  The mental and emotional benefits for us are great.  And when everyone is happy and content, the rest of the relationship will be able to flourish and go farther as well.  So, go do some spanking, or whatever activity you prefer, and find your balance and happiness.  It's waiting for you!

April 24, 2014

Life Lessons BDSM Taught Me...

For those that don't know, I reside in the southeastern US.  Yes, you know the place...where everyone allegedly wears overalls, makes moonshine, is missing half their teeth, talks with a severe drawl, dates an marries their cousins, drive s pickup truck, goes muddin' on Saturday night....you know all the stereotypes.  Compared to many areas of the country, this area is very conservative and set in their ways and thinking.   I live in the bible belt where you go to church or your going to hell.  I've yet to figure that one out...isn't there some type of requirement to believe God or something?!?!  Anyway, no matter what anyone says, race is still a big issue in the south as well.  Alternate lifestyles...holy crap!  The thought of BDSM, same sex relationships, or anything else out of the ordinary, is almost enough to give some people a heart attack or stroke right on the spot.

I will admit, in years past I wasn't as open minded as I am now.  I may have had views and opinions that aligned with some of the above mentioned stereotypes.  So what changed?  I did...and becoming involved in the bdsm community changed me.  It wasn't a quick overnight change.  It wasn't sudden.  But over time, and being more involved, I began to change and evolve into a more understanding and tolerant person.

The one thing I have learned most over the years is that just because someone is different, doesn't mean it it wrong.  It's just different.  Spending time on tumblr, spending time on FetLife, reading all the blogs (yes that means all you freaks reading this very post - lol), it all shows you just how many different avenues there are in this world that people venture down, and the same goes for the BDSM lifestyle.  What I used to see and think was over the top crazy weird, and think people were a bunch of total freaks, I now see as people enjoying being who they are and being happy expressing themselves.

These days I see myself as being one of the freaks, so to speak, at least in my own way.  I realize there are a lot of people that look at my lifestyle choices and think it's outrageous.  There are others that see what I do as very mild.  Conversely, I see a lot of people that I think are very mild and, others that I still think are freaks and do some really weird stuff.  The difference now, though, is that I say freak with love behind it.  We all do what we like and what makes us happy.  My kink and lifestyle isn't for everyone else, just as the kinks and lifestyle of some others is in no way for me.  These days I can look at other's choices and understand that it is the personal choice and kink, and as long as it works for them then fantastic.

I am much more accepting of others these days.  I have learned that we all have our thing and do what works for us, what we need, and what makes us happy.  That doesn't mean I have to like it, want it for myself, and want to be involved, but I am understanding in knowing that it is what works for them.  I have become more liberal in my stance and views (no that does not mean Democrat), and tolerant of the lifestyle choices others choose to live by.  Those choices don't make them bad or make them wrong...they are just different than me, just as my choices aren't wrong, but are what I need and works for me.

So I leave you with this... try to be understanding of others and the choices they choose to live by.  Just as you may look at someone and think they are weird or doing something that seems out of sorts, they very well may be looking at you the same way.  Just realize that they are different than you, but that doesn't make them bad people.  If they aren't forcing their ways down your throat, you shouldn't do it to them either.  Only try to understand they are doing what works for them and makes them happy.

This is a life lesson I have learned over my 20 something years on this earth (cough cough)...okay, forty something.  And this is a life lesson I very well may not have learned were it not for D/s, BDSM, and this lifestyle I have chosen to make part of my life.

March 20, 2014

Advice For New Dominant...

I was recently asked on tumblr... What advice would you give to someone just starting to embrace his Dominant side?


This is a great question.  Most of the time the questions revolve around the sub, so having one about the Dom is nice.  The first thing I will tell you is to have an open mind and realize that the things you want is ok to want.  It may be against many societal norms, and against how we as men are taught to treat a woman, but that doesn’t make it wrong.  The key to this is consent from the sub.  You shouldn’t treat just anyone as if you are Dominant, but to Your sub, as long as it’s consensual and something you both want and need, it’s perfectly acceptable and is what works for the two of you.  Coming to terms with this mentally can be hard for many Doms.  

Second, you need to learn and figure out what you need as a Dom, what you like and don’t like, and what kind of Dom you are.  This isn’t something that comes quickly and sometimes comes with trial and error.  Just because you see it on tumblr, or read it somewhere doesn’t mean you have to do it or be like that to be a Dom.  That’s the beauty of this…you can figure out what you like, and leave the rest behind.  there is no right or wrong way to do this, only the way that works best fr you.  Everyone is different and an individual, so they need to find what they need and works for them.  Along this same line, is finding a sub that matches well with your own likes and dislikes.  You have to be on the same page or it will never work.  If you have a sadist streak and she isn’t at all masochist, then that will be a real problem.  So, you have to learn and know yourself, as well as learn and know your sub.  

Third…trust, respect and communication…to me the pillars of a D/s relationship.  Being able to be completely open and discuss things with your sub is essential.  Trust and respect goes both directions, from sub to Dom and Dom to sub.  These things are not something Dom can be require or demand…they are earned.  And to earn these things takes time.  You also have to understand that trust and respect can be easily lost, and very hard, if not impossible, to regain.  So be mindful of this, because without trust and respect for each other, you have nothing in a D/s relationship.  

Last, but certainly not least, you never know it all and are never God’s gift to all the submissive’s in the world.  Treat all people in the lifestyle with dignity and respect.  It can take a long while to learn and find your way, but that’s half the fun of the journey.  You never know everything there is to know, no matter how long you have been in this lifestyle, and can always learn more and try to become better.  You are only Dom to the one that chooses to accept you in that role, not to everyone or anyone just because they declare they are submissive.  Even with the one you can call your own submissive, don’t discount her thoughts, views and opinions.  She can teach you just as well as you can her.  She may see something differently than you that you haven’t thought of before.  You don’t just get to tell and control, more often than not you have to listen.  

Believe in yourself and believe in her.  Work together to grow, progress and become more and better.  It’s a lot of work and effort but the rewards are well worth it.  Hope this helps give you some points to think about and get you in the right direction.

~DV~


March 1, 2014

Submission vs Obedience...

I was recently asked about the difference between submission and obedience.  This is something that I have had in my head but never put a lot of thought into before.  I actually had to take some time to think about this and how I see the difference, which was harder to explain than I first thought it would be.  I had plenty of thoughts on this, but actually putting it into words was a bit ore difficult than I thought it would be.  

With a little help from my close friend google, I came up with a pretty clear picture of what was dancing around in that Dom space between my ears.  Obedience and submission are not one in the same, although similar.  Obedience is a matter of conscience and outward behavior.  It is the act of completing a task.  It is the actual action, so to speak.  Obedience isn't necessarily submitting, but I think it is a part of submission.  Submission on the other hand is the inward nonresistance, compliance, and giving of oneself.  It is a matter of what is in your heart.  It is about what you feel.  

I have always said that, for me personally, I don't want a woman that does something and behaves based solely on my demands, commands, or my making her do something.  I want a woman that does all this because it is what she needs and feels and has a desire to do for me.  She acts, behaves, or obeys because she has the need to do so and feels that from within.  So, without even knowing it, I was expressing my desire for submission as opposed to straight obedience.  Yet, the obedience is part of her submission.  

For many, it's the actual act of obeying that can be difficult.  You can want and need to submit and feel that inside, but the actual act of showing it through obedience can be hard to embrace.  This may not be the case with day to day submission and interaction, but is especially true when being more aggressively led and pushed in your submission.  This is where trust plays a huge factor in a D/s relationship.  A submissive has to trust her Dominant, the way he leads her, that he intends to look after her, and that he has her best interests at heart.  She has to trust that he understands her and will only push her to a point that she can handle.  That he won't take advantage of her and use or abuse her.  She has to feel safe in her submission and obedience, and this can't be accomplished without a deep level of trust.  

In case you ever have your own confusion on the difference between submission and obedience, here's a synopsis for you... submission is what is inside and what you feel, whereas obedience is the actual action that takes place.  Obedience is part of submission, but submission isn't necessarily part of obedience.  You have to feel it in your heart and then your actions to represent what you feel, for the two to be part of the same thing.  Anyone can drop down on their knees, but it's what you feel inside and the intent behind it that holds the true meaning.

~DV~


January 20, 2014

Transitioning to D/s... (Part 2)

Thanks for all the comments on my last post.  It's great to have your thoughts and be able to read your own experiences from both sides of this...starting out with D/s in the relationship versus trying to transition an existing relationship.

The following is part of a message I got from a nice lady.  Her and her husband are trying to transition into D/s and bring this dynamic into their existing marriage.  I thought this was a good example of some of the very problems that can face couples trying to move into this.  Especially when they are having to feel their way along, and neither has experience to be able to help move things along.  I commend her for reaching out for help to try to find answers to assist them in their journey.

My husband and I have embraced a D/s relationship. We are on the beginning of this journey.
I find that when we are engaged in a scene I get "lost" and forget our rules. This has happened a few times and we did have a conversation about it, but have really not come up with a solution. I feel like I'm a terrible sub. I was the one who initiated this journey and can't even seem to follow the simplest of rules. My husband has been making a great effort to embrace this role.  
I don't think it's proper for me to tell him what to do (topping from the bottom?)

So what now?

My answer was as follows:

Thanks for the message. I understand your issue and think this is fairly common for those that are new to this. Especially those that have been together a while and are trying to make the transition from where your relationship has always been and into a D/s dynamic. That can be a difficult move at times. I believe that the two of you knowing this is an issue and seeing it is the first step. You can't fix a problem or make a correction when you don't see the issue to begin with. So good for you two for seeing this as an issue and wanting to correct it. In theory it's a fairly easy fix...in practice maybe more difficult. But certainly with some time and consistent attention to it it can be corrected.
Basically you both have to re-wire your thinking and how you do your relationship. You both say you want this, but then in reality you aren't fulfilling your roles. You want to submit, but then you don't and break the rules. He wants to Dom, but then doesn't and allows you to break the rules. He has to step up and take charge when you break the rules, and not let you get by with breaking them. He has to call you out on it and hold you accountable. You need to set up a system where there are consequences for breaking the rules...one that you agree to go by and he agrees to follow through with. You are only breaking the rules because you can get away with it. He also has to step up and put you in your place when you do get out of line. Over time this will reinforce his position for him and that you will submit to him and go by the rules you two have agreed upon. It will also reinforce your place as his sub for you, knowing you have to follow the rules or there are consequences, and that he will be consistent in following through with holding you accountable for your actions.
So I think it's a combination of both of you that have to take action to correct this. It won't happen overnight, but will eventually sink in for each of you. It takes time to move from what you have always done and how you've always been for each other, to be this new person for each other and have this new dynamic. It takes each of you staying the course and being consistent, even when it gets hard or you don't feel like doing it. Eventually you will both feel your place and it will become more natural.
This couple is obviously struggling in trying to get their feet under them and make this work.  From the sound of it, they both want it to work, but figuring out how can be difficult.  I will re-affirm that I think it's wonderful they see there is an issue and are willing to reach out for advise.  So many people would just flounder around on their own, so that's a huge first step.  
I personally do not see her trying to give him her input as topping from the bottom.  At this point, she can't expect him to know everything to do, and when she sees aspects of their relationship and dynamic that she feels needs to be addressed, then she should do just that.  As stated in the last post, communication is everything.  They have to be able to talk these things through and each give their thoughts and input.  They have to be open to listening to each other to try to make this work.  I have always been a proponent of receiving my subs input, thoughts and views.  I want to know how she feels and what she thinks.  By getting this from her it helps me be and do better in my Dominance of her.  Yet, it doesn't mean she is topping from the bottom...only helping us both learn and grow in what we have to make our relationship and dynamic stronger.

One thing we should all keep in mind when considering all of this...there is no right or wrong way to do this.  So please don't get hung up on thinking it has to go a certain way, or be done step by step in some way.  None of that matters.  All you have to do is what works for you and your partner.  Figure out the parts and pieces you like and want and leave the rest out.  Some may say they have no idea what they want or how to do this.  Well you know what...don't take it too seriously, especially in the beginning.  This is supposed to be fun and what makes you happy.  So have fun with it.  Have fun learning and exploring together.  Enjoy the ride and the journey in doing and learning this with someone you care about and want to be with you in this.  The technicalities of whether it's Dom/sub, Master/Slave, whether you're doing it right, whether you are Dom and or sub enough, that all ultimately doesn't matter one bit.  Just do what you like and try to make it work the way that is best for you.  Exploring, learning and experimenting...that's half the fun.  
I'm sure there are aspects of this I have left out in response to her, so feel free to add your thoughts by commenting.  Of course, your own experiences and views on this are always welcome.
~DV~

January 18, 2014

Transitioning to D/s... (Part 1)

I have been asked many times over the years which I think is easier...starting a relationship with a D/s dynamic or transforming an existing relationship into a D/s dynamic.  I even receive messages from people in existing relationships that want to bring D/s into what they have, and asking for help and advice.  Whether just starting out or being in an existing relationship, each has their good and bad points.  But by far I think it's easier to start a relationship with D/s in mind than to change over an existing relationship.  This doesn't mean that it can't be done by any means.  I just believe it to be easier to start fresh with D/s in mind.

Starting fresh, with the intention of the two people involved being that of Dominant and submissive, establishes the dynamic right from the start.  You go into it knowing the dynamic and what may or may not be expected.  You can take that and build on it from the beginning, and do so with your respective roles in mind.  This doesn't mean that two people automatically jump right in, as it still takes time.  You have to get to know each other, learn about each other, learn about how D/s would work for the two you, learn how each of you sees this type relationship, and learn each others wants, needs, and desires within what you intend to build together.  It takes time to build the knowledge of each other, the trust and the respect needed and that is such a big part of these relationships.  Yet, purely from the perspective of the respective Dominant and submissive roles, I believe starting this way is the easier route, since both of you are going into it knowing this is what you want and need as part of your relationship.

For an existing relationship, there are a lot of hurdles to overcome.  The two people have a lot of history together and see each other a certain way.  Usually one develops an interest, or uncovers their desire, in a D/s dynamic, and eventually takes this interest to their partner.  Getting their partner to understand their desire and get on board with it can be a challenge.  Getting their partner to try to understand what is involved and to take on this new role can be a challenge.  Each of you learning as you go and trying to make this work can be a challenge.  Especially when you have a history together, have always seen each other and conducted your relationship in a particular way, and now you are wanting to totally change all of that.

Getting your partner to look at you and all you have together differently can be tough to do.  They may have always treated you nice and with total care and respect and now you are asking them to control you, hurt you, Dominate you, etc...  OR if reversed, you are asking your partner to submit to you, let you control them, let you do "evil" things to them, and expecting them to want and enjoy it.  This is a huge shift from where most existing couples have been, and this transition can be extremely difficult.

On the plus side for established relationships, the history you have can be very beneficial.  You already know each other, love each other, and have developed a deep bond and connection.  You know all about your partner (although not near as much as you are about to learn), and know their likes, dislikes, personality...all the normal vanilla things that a new couple still has to figure out  Also, there is no rush to move forward.  Being in an established relationship, and assuming you plan to stay together for the long haul, you can take you time and work into this slowly.

So how does an existing relationship transform?  How do you make it work?  Any of you that read my blog and know my views know what I'm about to say...COMMUNICATION IS EVERYTHING!!!  You have to be able to open talk and discuss this without judgement.  You have to be able to talk to each other and express your thoughts and views without being made to feel bad or looked down upon.  Your talks shouldn't be defensive or argumentative.  They should be about wanting to try to be what you each need for each other, how you can make your relationship better and stronger, and having an open mind to each other.  You have to be willing to share, talk and be open with each other in ways you may never have before.  Being willing to let each other into the deep recesses and darkness within you.  This will take time, but over time it gets easier and will feel more natural.

If you are in an existing relationship and thinking of adding D/s to what you have, I commend you and am all for it.  Just don't jump in expecting it to be an easy transition.  There will be challenges along the way.  There will be hurdles to overcome.  But if you are at this point of wanting this, then obviously it is important to you enough to be willing to face these challenges to achieve what you need.  Many of you have gone through these very transitions.  Some of which I follow in blogland and you all read about as well.  There are many success stories and it is possible to change your dynamic.  So I encourage you to step up and move forward if this is something you want.  The road may be bumpy, but the rewards can be more than worth the journey.  Just keep an open mind and be willing to talk to and be open with your partner.  Without doing that, you might as well not even try.

~DV~


December 24, 2013

Twas The Day Before Christmas (A Kink Poem)...

Twas the day before Christmas, and all through kink-land
Asses were stinging, from receiving firm hands
The subs were all hung, from the rafters with care
They were told to watch the attitude, but sassy still they dared
Floggers and paddles, whips and canes
Lashed at their skin, delivering sweet pain
They tried to deny, the joy that it brings
By crying tears, and letting out screams
But the Doms knew better, the sub's bodies betray
No way they can hide, their heated display
The wetness glistens, as it builds more and more
For the most turned on, the evidence drips to the floor
Released from their hanging, and held very tight
The subs felt lovely safety, in the arms of their Knights
This didn't last, as the Doms were not done
He now was to show her, she was the one
The one that he owns, and belongs to him
He can take her whenever, at his own whim
He flipped her over, grabbed a fistful of hair
She his possession, her body he wouldn't spare
He plunged into her, so forceful and deep
She let out a moan, knowing she was his to keep
He took what was his, and still she wanted more
She needed to feel, her body used and sore
This is who she is, it's who she needs to be
It's what's she's dreamed of, bowing from her knees
Together they fit, like a glove made for each
Reaching new heights, as one they will reach
Each with the need, for what the other gives
Every single day, this is how they want to live
With collars cinched on, and ropes secured tight
I wish you all, a Merry Christmas day and night

Merry Christmas Everyone!

~DV~