Meditation and Sex

Anna Breslaw, Glamour magazine

First yogasms, now this? Maybe it's time to finally go on that retreat with your crunchy friend from college.

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Psychology Today reports: After studying with Dr. Deepak Chopra, a writer, sex educator and meditation student named Pamela Madsen made a connection between the trance state she experienced during meditation and the mental shutdown during particularly good sex. Sure enough, when Madsen consulted studies, it was confirmed that both meditation and orgasm induce the diminution of self-awareness and alter bodily perception.

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In layman's terms: while meditation utilizes the left side of the brain and sex the right, the basis for both of them is the same (go slow, get comfy, connect to the breath). And, when successful, they both culminate with something Chopra calls "going into the gap," a place without words. In other words, the place where you forget about your cellulite or that mouth breather Amy from your office who keeps stealing your yogurt.

The only reason we didn't know this until recently is that orgasms were a taboo topic of study; as the researcher put it, they weren't considered "impersonal and third-person enough for the sciences." (Clearly, scientists aren't hooking up with the same guys I am.)

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Is this reason enough for you to start meditating? Does anyone out there have advice for meditation beginners?

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