Thank you so much for finding your way here.
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To begin, my beloved friend Jaime started a magazine for the southFlorida yoga community called Enlightened Practice, for which I wrote a column called Yogic Parenting. Unfortunately, the magazine venture ended after two years.
Since then I am regularly asked for reprints of the old columns and if I am writing new ones. So the first thing we’ll be doing here is reprinting the original columns. Then as the spirit moves me I will write new ones. I invite your questions, interaction, suggestions, submissions, etc.
Let me explain briefly why I have changed my title from Yogic Parenting to Tantric Parenting. It is a common western misconception that Tantra always has to do with sex and clearly that is not what I mean when I combine it with Parenting.
After Enlightened Practice magazine folded and I was planning this website, I learned that Yoga Journal had just begun to use “Yogic Parenting” on its website. For only a moment, I was disappointed, and then I obtained the domains for Tantric Parenting, as well.
In Sanskrit the meanings are actually very similar. In the Hindu tradition, yoga is just one part of Tantra, so the new title is actually more whole.
Also, precisely because of the western misconceptions about Tantra, I thought it might be clever marketing to have a controversial name!
Sex, or more specifically, the movement of sexual energy IS a very significant area of Tantra. But, Tantra is by no means all about sex any more than Parenting is all about cuddling.
For your further information, click here for definitions from the Oxford American Dictionary and some summaries from the Wikpedia (a free online encyclopedia) entry on Tantra.
My understanding of Tantra is that it is the practices by which we channel our energy to connect with the shared energy of the universe or the “Godhead” or collective conscious or whatever you want to call it. Among these practices are yoga, meditation and many forms of ritual and energy work including the sexual.
It is my strong belief that all of us are born with a deep knowledge and sense of that connection. Unfortunately, our society and most of the way our culture parents and educates our children systematically separate us from our original, energetic connectedness.
Then, as a culture, we focus on external forces and the acquisition of material objects. As individuals we become more and more distant from our true nature, our true selves. This separateness often leads us to desperately seek some “soulmate” whose presence in our lives will miraculously make us whole again. This disconnectedness also leads to excess in all forms.
What if we could change the paradigm?
What if we (as a culture) didn’t separate our children and ourselves from our true nature, but instead helped each other to maintain a sense of integration?
What if we could provide children, adolescents and young adults with the support to stay in touch with their energetic core selves so that we would not have this cultural trend of lost souls who first suffer all the pitfalls of excess and then at a certain age become New Age seekers looking for a guru to help them “Find Themselves?”
All any of us ever have to do to “Find Ourselves” is get still and quiet often enough to recognize that self, separate from the noise of our very loud society. Do yoga, meditate, spend time in nature, listen to soulful music, etc. I will be adding articles on this subject as well as links to other resources.
I look forward to sharing these explorations with you…
Love and light, bliss and blessings!
My family of Goddesses!
Joelle (14) Suzy (46) Natalie (12) Claire (17)
Thanksgiving 2006 Hendersonville, North Carolina