Embodied Spirituality

Make Love, not Walls…

If I were to answer how has Tao Tantra changed my life, I would say this: That the practices and experiences have been helping me to melt down defensiveness and replace it with awakened energy. There was a time that what I called “me” was simply a collection of hard defenses: my shields, my armour, the walls around my heart, the security fence around my yoni, the barriers around my fixed concepts and limiting beliefs. All of those hard edges made me a somebody…they gave a clear definition to the word “me”. Anything that threatened those walls therefore felt like ...
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How Tantra Revolutionized my Life ~ Sonja Shradha Devi

Growing up in suburban Australia I was hungry, for what I did not know.. I looked for it in drugs, hmm... worked for a bit but that was ultimately unsatisfying..i travelled the world, that helped, I did yoga, that also opened something… In retrospect I realised that I was looking for meaning, for depth, for wildness , for intimacy, for freedom, for an actual full bodied experience of LOVE. I was bored with the mundane and the materialistic consumerist culture around me. I wasn’t sure why I was here on this earth, if it was only to experience that. I ...
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A Love Affair with the Divine Mother: a 24/7 kind of thing. ~ Gina Rodondi

"If you’re going to have a love affair with the mother, you can’t just have the beautiful aspects, you’ve got to take it all."  ~ Ram Dass In tantra there is a saying: No Mud, No Lotus. Suffering sucks, but it is inevitably part of the deal. Yet still, i’is difficult to embrace and trust life when you're in pain all the time, and making every attempt to escape through distraction. Where is the opportunity for growth? Tantra asks us to take it all in, and see what else there is. How is your pain, irritation and judgment pointing your ...
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The Gift of Adoration: the one gift you have been waiting for. ~ Sandra Pijl

My body was trembling. My voice almost got cut off. And, at the same time I felt fully alive and blissful. My eye caught her leg, I heard myself say: I’m attracted to your thigh, the color and density of your flesh draws me in. I want to touch it and taste it: drink it till I have come underneath your fresh, cool skin and lied down. Warming myself with the deep love inside of you. Just breathing, with the innocence of a baby. To hear myself say that, was quite an intense moment. I loved it as well. My ...
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3 Keys to Receiving the Gift of Tantric Lovemaking ~ Darshana Avila

The gift I would most love to give you, just in time for the holidays, is this little gem. If there is one thing I could share with you about tantric lovemaking it is that giving is only half the equation. Learning how to fully receive is sure to transform your lovemaking from mundane to magical. Nothing turns me on more than a lover's openness to the flow of my energy no matter how I express it. This quality in a man calls forth my profound devotion. The most intoxicating elixir I know of is to feel him create space for me to pour my ...
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The Pure Gift: celebrating winter solstice the tantric way. ~ Raffaello Manacorda

As Christmas approaches we are filled with messages regarding giving and receiving gifts. The commercial frenzy that develops around Christmas can be chaotic, but there is something about giving and receiving gifts that can inspire us around the holidays. I have to admit that I am not a great fan of the whole Christmas “gift giving” hype. I find it a bit disturbing when I see rivers of people invading the shopping districts, tantalized by shrilling jingles and dazzling light. The red and white colors of Coca-Cola reigning over the whole scene. Personally, I will instead celebrate the winter solstice. The winter solstice ...
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The Sexiest, Most Selfish Way to Give and Receive ~ Garrison Cohen

I want to offer you a completely selfish perspective on giving and receiving. In fact, if you take this on today it could completely change your life and make you happier and sexier (way sexier). Curious? Many of us have been taught to never put our own needs before the needs of others. In fact, a lot of people consider it selfish to put time, money and energy into doing things for ourselves. This lack of self care is an old and outdated model that we’ve inherited from older generations. So, while it’s an admirable perspective it’s also ironically shortsighted. When ...
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All I Want for Christmas is to Feel the LOVE ~ Sonja Shradha Devi

Four tantric tips on how you can bring love and meaning back into the Christmas experience. All I want for Christmas is to see beyond the bullshit, and to feel the love. The love that is within, beneath and beyond the whole Christmas hoo haaa. Whether your Christmas list is full of material goodies, you are merrily humming Christmas jingles, or you feel disillusioned by the bogus Christmas hype (and would rather hide from any sign of it) deep down you relate to my desire. The desire to have a profound experience of being deeply connected with your loved ones, and yourself. A ...
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Erotic Innocence and Sensual Prayers to Shiva: the tantric way to find freedom in sexual  expression. ~ Aida Lucie

You may think that the only way to have sacred sex is to sit in yab yum position, gaze into your partner’s eyes and have slow sex for hours and hours. I know that was my idea of Tantra before I started exploring it.  My preconceived notions of how tantric sex “should be” limited my sexual expression.  I felt frustrated. My fear of being judged as “too sexual” was holding me back from expressing myself freely. I received a big blessing. I began exploring tantra with an experienced lover.  He held a really safe space for me to go deep ...
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Yab Yum: the Tantric Posture

Google the word “tantra” under images, and it won’t take you too long to find an image of a God and Goddess sat in a special posture called “Yab-Yum”. Often a large Buddha-like man with a smaller Dakini woman sat in his lap, her legs wrapped around his waist. Not only is this a posture seen in ancient tantric artwork, but it is also something you will very likely experience before too long if you go to a Tantra workshop... But what is “Yab-Yum” and what’s it all about? Yab-Yum is the symbol of divine union. It is the posture ...
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