Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Meditation 101: What to Do If You're Starting from Scratch

Beliefnet provides beginning meditators with tips for getting started.
You can light candles, sit on a cushion, and follow specific instructions on how to meditate, but the truth is that you already know how. Meditative consciousness is no more than a shifted relationship to yourself and reality; your everyday life is already filled with many moments in which you connect with yourself in this way. You simply need to recognize that you're naturally meditative, and amplify that place inside you. Here are some basics to help you do that.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

5 Steps to the Ultimate Sex Connection

Tantric sex can be an intensely magical - and pleasurable - experience. Allison Winn Scott at Redbook magazine explains how to make the ultimate sex connection.
If you're looking to add a little heat and a lot of intimacy to your sex life — and who isn't? — the ancient practice of Tantric sex might be the answer. "Some people think that Tantric sex is a cult or that it's about making love for hours on end," says Al Link, coauthor of Soul Sex: Tantra for Two. "But it's actually a simple and accessible way for people to raise their lovemaking energy, make a spiritual connection with their partner and break down boundaries." Plus, it can give you truly incredible orgasms. What's not to like? Here, our step-by-step guide. Read more

Friday, August 15, 2008

Enhance Your Sexuality: The Benefits of Tantra

A reader asks Suzie Heumann, founder of Tantra.com, this question: "For someone who may be interested in learning more about Tantra and may take a couple of workshops, what kinds of benefits might they hope to achieve? I ask this, because many people are hesitant to dive in, head-first, to something they might consider so exotic, Eastern, fringe, etc. "
There are many benefits to achieve through a practice that includes Tantric techniques, and the effectiveness will, of course, depend on the individual person and what they already bring to the table, so to speak. A person or couple who has done some kind of activity in the personal growth arena may have a head start on the person who is just beginning to delve into the more interior aspects of life. Read more

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Yoni : Symbol of Cosmic Mysteries

Yoni veneration is as old as humanity, says Peter Baltensperger in Lucrezia Magazine. The yoni symbolizes the cosmic receptacle as well as the ultimate source - the inexhaustible fountain of life itself.
Cultures throughout the ages have venerated the yoni as the symbolic representation of the mystery of the cosmos. As the primal source of all being, it constitutes the entrance into the universal womb from which we all come and to which we all return. In Hinduism, it is the attribute of the goddess Shakti, consort of Shiva. In Earth-centered, Nature-based religions, it is the sacred symbol of the Great Goddess, the Great Earth Mother herself. Above all, it is the matrix of generation, the universal focus, the be all and end all of existence. It is the shrine of worship for the great mysteries of the universe, the ultimate representation of life. Read more

Monday, August 11, 2008

Test: Are You a Sensual Person?

Are you a sensual person? Answer the questions in this Tantra Magazine quiz and find out.
Ask to the following questions in order to find out more about your sensuality and passion:

1. You have a weakness for:
a. chocolate
b. yoghurt
c. salad

2. When it is full moon:
a. you are very disturbed
b. you feel a little different
c. you feel as well as always

3. Your lips:
a. have both the same thickness
b. your inferior lip is thicker than the superior one
c. are quite thin Read more

Friday, August 8, 2008

Practice, Practice: How to Hone Your Meditation Skills

Susan Smalley, founder of the Mindful Awareness Research Center in the UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, explains how to hone your meditation skills, especially by extending them into your everyday life.
To meditate means to examine. It doesn't mean you have to sit in a lotus position in silence (although you can). It means you are attending to what's going on within you - perhaps with your breath and senses, your internal thoughts and feelings, or the space in between these objects of attention. This investigation of mind becomes somewhat habitual the more you practice. Read more

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Frankincense Can Ease Arthritis

Frankincense is often used in Tantric meditation and rituals. Researchers have now found that it can also ease arthritis symptoms.
A herb known as "Indian Frankincense" can reduce the symptoms of arthritis, US researchers have suggested. Read more

Friday, August 1, 2008

Mandala or Yantra Meditation

Mandalas and yantras are visual tools that serve in meditation either as centering devices or as symbolic compositions of the energy pattern of a deity as seen by Tantric seers in their vision. BellaOnline's meditation editor Susan Kramer explains how to use a mandala or yantra for meditation.
A mandala is a universal symbol, and a yantra is a cosmically inspired geometric design. By spending time gazing upon them we are drawn within to greater realizations of esoteric qualities - beauty, truth, peace, joy.

I find pictures of blooming flowers inspiring, but use the mandala or yantra that attracts you.

To begin your meditation select a quiet time and sit with a straight back on a cushion on the floor in front of a low table, with a lighted candle and incense if you desire. Read more