read this quote the other day from Ken McRae. it resonated deeply with me, so i thought i would share -
Tantra dissolves the dichotomy of spiritual versus mundane; practitioners can entail every aspect of their daily lives into their spiritual growth process, seeking to realize the transcendent in the immanent. Tantric spiritual practices and rituals thus aim to bring about an inner realization of the truth that "Nothing exists that is not Divine," bringing freedom from ignorance and from the cycle of suffering (saṃsāra) in the process.
a late summer poem by Dana Faulds.
The blown conch sounds
its low note. In the warm
air, the fragrance of musk
and lilac mingle. A wooden
flute wraps its melody around
me like silk. The time for dry
austerities is past. I cast my
robe aside, throw bare arms
wide and let the sunlight
have its way with me.
Curves, softness, breath, beauty,
movement, breasts seek the sun's
embrace. A lifetime of shame
lifts, burning away like morning
mist. Adrift, the rising tide
of passion takes me, and I
do not wish to find the shore.
“Become loving. When you are in the embrace, become the embrace. Become the kiss. Forget yourself so totally that you can say, “I am no more. Only love exists.” Then the heart is not beating, but love is beating. Then the blood is not circulating, but love is circulating. Then eyes are not seeing, love is seeing. Then hands are not moving to touch, love is moving to touch. Become love and enter everlasting life. Love suddenly changes your dimension. You are thrown out of time and you are facing eternity. Love can become a deep meditation, the deepest possible. Lovers have known sometimes what saints have not known."