Eros, Consciousness, and Kundalini: Deepening Sensuality through Tantric Celibacy and Spiritual Intimacy
Author: Stuart Sovatsky
Exercises based on yoga and chakra meditation teach you to transform sexual energy into spiritual and erotic fulfillment.
• Perfect for deepening a life partnership, gaining mastery over one's body, or healing the emotional scars of sexual abuse.
• Well-illustrated positions and techniques.
In this extraordinary celebration of the erotic, Dr. Stuart Sovatsky introduces us to the Tantric art of sexual sublimation, in which sexual energy is redirected toward achieving higher awareness and an erotic satisfaction far beyond that possible through sexual intercourse. The potential reasons for exploring Tantric celibacy are many--including the desire to deepen a life partnership, to gain a new level of mastery over one's body, to heal the emotional scars of sexual abuse, to practice safe sex, or to explore the intimate relationship between spirituality and sexuality.
Exercises based on yoga, kundalini, and chakra meditation make Eros, Consciousness, and Kundalini a practical guide to the world of Tantric celibacy. By transcending the boundaries of conventional sexuality, one can learn to harness the divine energy--glimpsed for only an instant by most people--that is at the heart of all erotic yearning.
This is the new edition of the book Passions of Innocence.
What People Are Saying
Tantra is widely and grossly misunderstood in the West. In Eros, Consciousness, and Kundalini Dr. Sovatsky provides a much-needed corrective, revealing Tantra's most powerful aspect: the conversion of sexual energy into a higher consciousness-altering vitality. (Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., author of Sacred Sexuality)
Table of Contents:Preface
Introduction: There Are Untold Possibilities
A Most Unusual Invitation
The Possibilities Begin to Unfold
Celibacy Becomes Provocative: The Tantric Spin
The Tantric Paradox of an Erotic Celibacy
Reclaiming Your Vulnerabilities Through Tantra
1. From Harry's Bar to the Mysteries Tantric sublimation
The Sublimative Sex Drive
Going All the Way with Tantric Celibacy
2. Eros as Mystery: The Key to Furthering Our Erotic Liberation
The Sexo-Political Burlesque
More Mystery, Less Liberation and Rules
Sharing the Wonder
Beyond the Limitations: Can the Sense of Mystery Free Us?
Entering the Mystery: From Cynical to Meditative-Knowing
3. Mysteries Meet: The Celibate Encounter
Tantric Celibacy in the Great Anonymous of Modern Culture
The Shared-Gender Mystery
The Prosthesis of an Owned Sexuality
4. Choosing Tantric Sublimation
Why You Might Choose Brahmacharya
5. The Ars Erotica of Yoga
Meditation: The Silent Partner to Conventional Sex
Meditation Follows the Mystery: The Yogic "All" in Going All the Way
A Moment of Silence
The Yogic Anatomy of Human Potentialities
6. Yoga Practice as Ars Erotica
7. Relational Worship
The Great Gesture
Mystery of Balance
The Singular Celibate Kiss
Ritual Worship of Mystery
Problems, Difficulties, and Other Knots
8. Grounding in the Ordinary: Tantric Relating in Everyday Life
Commitment and Marriage When Eros Is Mystery
Creating New Life: The Passions of Fertility
The Way of Solitary Celibacy
An Open Ending
Appendix 1 What Every Teenager Should Know About Tantric Sublimmation
The Core of Your Body: The Yogic Spinal Pathway
Brahmacharya and Emotional and Spiritual Growth
Appendix 2 The Future of a Mystery: Toward an Ecology of the Erotic
The Contemporary Sexual Scene
Toward an Ecology of the Erotic
The Fourfold Mapping of the Erotic Mystery
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The Psychology and Physiology of Breathing: In Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatry
Author: Robert Fried
Many somatic, affective, and psychopathological conditions have been linked to hypoxia caused by cerain breathing characteristics. In this practical guidebook, Robert Fried draws on his years of pioneering research to provide a systematic assessment of the roles breathing and hyperventilation play in medical and emotional health. Fried utilizes an innovative multivariate experimental strategy that incorporates multiple physiological measurements to associate hyperventilation syndrome with a variey of medical conditions. With the application of both traditional and the latest sophisticated physiological evaluation and methods, the author details step-by-step treatments for psychosomatic disorders--such as hypertension, migraines, and colitis, for organic disorders; and for psychological disorders--including anxiety, panic, and depression. He explains how nonmedication techniques such as yoga, meditation, exercise, relaxation and biofeedback can be used in combination with pharmacological and psychiatric therapies to normalize health. Recent advances in diagnosic instrumentation, including infrared capnometry, oximetry, and computerized assessment of psychophysiological modalities are described in simplified terms accessible to all practitioners in the health sciences.
The Psychology and Physiology of Breathing is a highly readable and useful resource for clinicians and researchers in the behavioral sciences.
Aside from "take a deep breath and try to relax," or instructions given to women in labor, conventional medicine does not take much heed of the role of breathing in health and illness; yet its centrality to both physical and emotional functioning is emphasized by many philosophic and healing traditions. Fried has written on the subject before for both professional and lay audiences; this work is for practitioners, and it extends his previous writings to specific protocols for clinical psychophysiology and psychiatry. Coverage includes details of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system; capnometry and the computerized psychophysiological profile; functional relationships between hyperventilation and the endocrine, cardiovascular, and nervous systems; respiration, hyperventilation, and mental disorders; and various kinds of physiological feedback and breathing training. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)