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I felt bewildered, not aroused — but judging from the expressions of the people around me, this mass apology seemed to be a turn-on.
This was my introduction to flirting, tantra-style.
My first few matches were with men whose eyes I gazed into for prolonged periods of time, or whose hands I held while still staring into their eyes.
We were sometimes told to compliment each other — the recipient had to say “thank you” after each kind statement — or share what gives us joy.
“That’s created an atmosphere where people are more thirsty for real connection, and I think that’s all mindfulness really is.” I arrived at the Institute’s August tantric speed dating event in yoga pants and a tank top (fitting, I assumed, given the setting) — but many of the other participants wore dating-formal attire.
As I stared at the room full of women in dresses and men in slacks, I realized this wasn’t going to be the group-meditation session I was expecting.
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One man and I had to place our right hands on each others hearts, and he graciously did his best to avoid touching my boob.
I found the moments of forced intimacy too stressful to actually feel a romantic connection with anyone, so I didn’t end up giving away any of my beads by the end of the night.
But throughout the evening, I saw many women drop their beads into pouches.
When I got home after the event, the first thing I did was hop in the shower, as I had just spent an evening awkwardly embracing 17 random men. Despite feeling stressed while the event was happening and the occasional flashbacks to attempting to lie down in a stranger’s lap, it was as if I had just returned from an evening at a spa (for my mind).
While tantric dating may not be for me, perhaps mindfulness could have a place in my life.