|Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 26, 2016 at 4:15 PM|
Many people have heard of Tantra.
Here is a modern definition according to Urbandictionary.com:
Tantra is not well understood in the western world, but is a key to healthy living and awareness that can transform you into the person you were meant to be.
The Sanskrit word Tantra is related to the concept of weaving and expansion- it derives from 'tan', meaning to expand, spin out, and weave. We weave the strands of our nature into a unified whole. Tantra takes the approach that one should not only not reject the body and its desires, but actually embrace them on the road to enlightenment. Tantra shares the view that sexual intercourse can be a sacrament and a means of spiritual transformation. Tantra is the transformation of vital energy in all its permutations ultimately toward the goal of spiritual attundement and enlightenment. In this context sexual relations become sacred.
This is a fairly good description of Tantra! But, as most of the time is true, it focuses on sex as being the route to a tantric experience.
Truthfully, tantric sex is not the only avenue of expression. Tantra is in fact, more of a lifestyle than an activity. In practices such as Buddhism or Hinduism, tantra is the practice of incorporating docterines in everyday life. Outside of these spiritual identities tantra is a practice of being present in the moment, and enjoying all that it has to offer. It is a practice of connecting and unifying with the world around you.
A tantric lifestyle is one of passion, vulnerability, strength, attention; it is a practice of living in the present and taking the time to intentionally enjoy common practices such as eating, drinking, bathing, walking, being, etc. A lot of these activites (pretty much all of them) can be done rather mindlessly if an intention to be present isn't set. In this way, living tantrically is like a living meditation. Allowing all of the bodily feelings, sensations, energy that is around to be recognized and taken in.
One does not need to practice tantra all day, every day to enjoy the peace-bringing benefits it can bring. Taking some time each day to be in silence with yourself, or do an activity in silence with the intention to take it in fully is one way of experiencing what tantra can bring to your life. Simple things such as eating a meal, cooking a meal, a daily stroll, listening to the sounds all around you, can become a pathway to greater acceptance, peace, and humility in the present moment. And while practicing this lifestyle, one may find themselves with an overall greater aura of peace.
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