"We are all craving the same thing."
Honestly, practicing Tantra had never even crossed my mind...until I landed a part-time job as an event planner with Charu and Embody Tantra. On my own, I wouldn't have sought out this practice - especially being single!
Yet sometimes, the universe knows what we need before we can see it ourselves. The first day of the retreat, I was put-off by all the hugging and deep connections I observed between the seasoned members of the tight-knit tantra community. I have never thought of myself as a particularly touchy-feely person, and witnessing this deep level of love and intimacy actually made me feel...uneasy.
Then I realized: I felt triggered because I was deeply craving that kind of deep, soulful, human connection that I was witnessing all around me - and not necessarily sexual!
I was scared to let people in that deeply - I didn't want to be seen as "weak" or "needy". I had built a wall to keep myself "safe"...and I knew this weekend was my opportunity to let that wall crumble down.
As the weekend went on, I felt myself opening more and more. I shared parts of my story that I've never shared with ANYONE - and there I was, sharing it with perfect strangers. Uncomfortable? Oh yes. Worth it? Definitely. (We have so much taboo around sexuality in our culture, and it felt so good to freely talk about it with others!)
We did many exercises that had us deeply connecting with one another - my favorite was the one where we got to spoon with a partner - so yummy!!!
We also did a lot of group sharing, and as I witnessed people sharing so courageously and vulnerably with one another, it hit me: We are all craving the same thing.
We ALL want to be deeply connected to others and to be seen and accepted for who we really are - without judgment.
Sounds simple, right? Yet in our modern culture, we have lost this ancient, tribal connection to one another...yet our souls remember it, and want it.
You better believe by the end of the weekend, I was one of those people running around hugging everyone - I'm talking about the kind of hugs that last for minutes! I didn't want to leave a community where deep connection and human touch is the norm.
We ALL need to find our tribes, these sacred spaces where we can be authentic and vulnerable with others, and truly let ourselves be seen.
If you are longing to connect more deeply with others and awaken to the pleasure available in your body, the Awaken Weekend is the perfect event for you! I’ll definitely be attending again - one taste just wasn’t enough. I hope to see you there!
You can learn more about the awaken weekend and register here: www.TheAwakenWeekend.com