On intimacy: a meditation inspired by the Women in Livingness Workshop of February 2018

As a young woman, I associated the word ‘intimacy’ with the Intimate Apparel Department at my local department store which one would visit to buy lingerie, another euphemism for underwear and pyjamas. I later came to associate it with very private conversations or relationships between adults, whether they be friends or lovers, in public or behind closed doors or, as a teenager, perhaps in the back seat of a car. It has only been in more recent times that intimacy has taken on a more expansive meaning for me, embracing a great variety of feelings that I experience myself and with others.

At the Women in Livingness Workshop with Annette Baker and Gabrielle Caplice, I joined many women who had gathered to discuss why we are afraid of being truly intimate in all our relationships.