So Fresh and So CleanCategory: General   Jan 7th 2013  02:37PM   0

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying 2013. 

At this time of year we hear a lot about new beginnings, letting go of things that are not good for us, and embracing the start of a new cycle. 

I have been thinking a lot about refreshment. Of course we know about the importance of cleansing our bodies on a regular basis. If you don't it has negative consequences (just spend an afternoon on a NYC subway and you will know exactly what I'm talking about).

But, we don't hear so much that it's equally important to cleanse the mind, the psyche, and the spirit. If we have no practices to clear our minds, to clear our emotions, or to process the things that give meaning to our lives the things we don't need anymore begin to build up. The mind starts to feel like it can't shut off or you can't find any of the thoughts that bring happiness and inspiration. You find emotionally like the smallest thing sets you off.  Spiritually, little can touch you  and you can't find that space of gratitude for the things you value in your life.

Or it can be as simple as just feeling unclear, tense, and stuck.

Often times the solution is a lot simpler than we think it is.

One of the main reasons I love Tantra is it's one of the best refreshers for the mind, body, and spirit I've ever found (and I've done everything). It's a pleasureable process that causes the stress to clear away like water on your skin. It is a practice designed to clear away what you don't need anymore in a way that feels blissful and completely refreshing. The thing that irks me is an old school idea that if has to do with the mind and emotions it must be complicated and probably arduous, no exceptions. Some things are of course complicated. The same is true for the body - there are things that are complicated but there are also many things that are very simple. The circulatory system is complicated. But, just as taking a shower with a bar of soap is all you need to clean your body, a high-quality sensual tantric experience does the trick for refreshing your body, mind, and spirit. 

And you will feel all shiny and new.

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