My encounter with Tantra
Two years ago it looked like I had it all. However, deep down I knew something was missing. I decided to make a bold step and took some time out from my everyday life, travelling and discovering new cultures and practices. This gave me time to reflect on what I wanted to do and, on returning to the UK, I was lucky enough to come across Tantra which aligned to my values and beliefs.
Since then I have continued a wonderful journey. Tantra has not only given me the freedom to be who I am, the opportunity to meet amazing people who I am sharing precious moments with, it has also brought me the fulfillment I was looking for. I feel I have found a missing piece of my puzzle and I continue to learn something new with every client that I have the honour to massage; each session is different and beautiful. I feel so lucky to be able to share so much pleasure and hold a space where people can connect with themselves and forget about any troubles they might have.
This is my story, so far!
In order to expand my knowledge and understanding of Tantra and my personal development I have come across some fascinating books and inspiring YouTubers. Detailed below are some of my favourite and would recommend you check them out if you have a chance:
Books about Tantra
- The Tao of Sexual Massage by Stephen Russel and Jurgen Kolb
- Tantra - the supreme understanding by Osho
I am a big fan of Osho and his teachings that apply to modern life. I find that he knows how to bring a refreshing perspective when presenting mystical topics. In this book, Osho talks about the art of Tantra that can be found in ancient writings and presents meditation techniques that are relevant to modern day seekers. If you would like to study more about the spiritual aspect of Tantra, this is a good book to read.
- Tantra - Discover the path from sex to spirit by Sashi Solluna
This book has been recommended to me by a tantric therapist from London. It’s an introductory guide to the sacred sexuality practice of modern schools of Tantra and how you can use them to find meaning and healing in physical relationships. I have ordered this book, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, however just browsing it I found this quote I liked: ‘By meeting desire with full loving awareness, we can return to the state of our original innocence’ :) I will write more about it after I read it.
- Jewel in the lotus- the tantric path to higher consciousness by Sunyata Saraswati and Bodhi Avinasha
This book had been recommended to me by a wonderful client of mine, thank you Jamie xxx:) The book is a practical tantra course, with breathing exercises and practices to help you generate, conserve and circulate sexual energy in your body for a longer, more intense experience. You can do the exercises on your own or with a partner.
Books about Personal development
- The power of now by Eckart Tolle
This is probably my favourite book (yes, it comes before 50 Shades haha). It is really a must read for anyone looking for a modern take on spirituality. It’s about being present in the now and I find this practice very helpful, enhancing the senses, when experiencing a tantric massage. If I ever had to choose 3 things to take with me on a desert island, this book would be one of them. I haven’t decided on the other 2! Any suggestions? :P * You can also find Eckart Tolle on youtube, he has a beautiful video with Oprah where he talks about The power of Now.
- Peace is every step by Thich Nhat Hanh
Thank you, thank you, thank you Simon for sending me this book xxx It is a book about applying mindfulness to everyday life and finding peace and contentment right now, regardless to what we do. It’s so simply written and TNH (a Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee) explains how to make positive use of situations that pressure us or cause us stress.
- Mindfulness- a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
Another beautiful book from lovely Simon xxx The book reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. I find meditation one of the best tools to find inner peace and relax. I find that the answers I am looking for are found inside myself when my mind is still and relaxed.
- The mastery of love by Don Miguel Ruiz
We all know that love is the most powerful force in the universe. This little book talks about unconditional love and about starting directing the energy of love towards ourselves.
- Layla Martin
- Psalm Isadora
- Yoga with Adriene