“So long as lips shall kiss, and eyes shall see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” -Mallanaga Vātsyāyana, Kama Sutra
Ayurvedic practitioners were great believers in the management of sexual energy, valuing what they called bramacharya, or the wise use of this vital sexual energy. When we are using our sexual energy in a harmonious way, our whole life is infused with more enthusiasm around creative projects—whether that be a business, an artistic expression, or a baby. We also have better health in general because Ayurveda sees sexual energy as the most refined aspect of our life energy. The more energy we have, the better we feel.
Ayurveda makes no judgment about sexual expression; there is no right and wrong. It merely encourages us to act wisely in regard to whom and how we share our sexual energy. Ayurveda understands that men are born with a certain amount of sexual juiciness, and when they run out, it’s gone. The good news is that for women, things are a little different. When the body is feeling healthy, it is a good time to enjoy and engage in sexual activity. Orgasms and sexual release do not deplete us as much as they do men. Still, if you are feeling ill or exhausted, taking a temporary sexual sabbatical can be highly beneficial for your body and your energy.
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding may naturally take a pause in sexual activity. This is totally normal and healthy. In the Sexy section of this book, you will learn a lot more about honoring this sacred aspect of your health and womanhood.
More than just sex, this pillar is about vital energy maintenance. How do we use our attention and our body? If we look at one of the meanings of the word bramacharya, we gain insight into what the ancients understood. One interpretation of the word is “to walk with God”; this is when we try to use our energy in alignment with the Higher Self. An example of this is checking in with our heart (you can think of this as your conscience, intuition, or God) before engaging in decision making. In this way, our choices are more aligned with our highest intentions and the higher good.
Having a healthy womb, and even more importantly, a connection to your physical and energetic sexual centers, is key in boosting this third pillar of health. This book will teach you how to restore the vitality of your sexual energy center and engage in conscious forms of sacred sexuality. When a woman feels tuned in to her sacred sexual essence, a new aliveness begins to pulse within in her. Her health improves. Her eyes glimmer. And all of Creation is at her disposal.
Read more in Healthy, Happy,Sexy!