Cuddle Breath Meditation: Step 4

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Cuddle Breath Meditation: Step 4

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In this meditation, you will be holding one another, and the distinction between giving and receiving is blurred and redefined. The giving partner is spooning the receiving partner. With your bodies conformed to each other in full contact from head to toe, the synchronization of your breath will also synchronize your heart rates. This phenomenon of two interacting oscillating systems is called entrainment. The subtly of movement and sensation invites deeper and deeper levels of relaxation and arousal. As you elongate your breath, increase the volume or vibrate by humming, you will find that the possibilities are endless. Your collaborative breathing enables you to co-regulate each other's nervous system and help navigate toward sleep or sexual play. This meditation is clothing optional.

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These seven meditations are designed to guide you through the progressive stages of physical connection, beginning with safety and relaxation to heightened phases of erotic arousal. After taking time and taking turns to complete each step, we are confident you and your partner will no longer view sex merely as something you occasionally do, but rather as a source of generating creative energy. What we offer is a concrete and time-tested tool to increase desire and establish an ecstatic foundation for healing trauma and restoring connection.

General Instructions

This is a special time to be with your partner and permit yourself to be expressive and sensual. Although these caress meditations can be done in any order, we recommended that you initially practice them in sequence. Decide who is going to be the active partner and the receiving partner. Afterward, you will switch roles. Create a soothing environment that establishes safety and deep relaxation. Dim the lights, draw the curtains. Silence your phones, lock the door. Set aside at least 30 minutes with the option to take longer if the meditation launches you into deeper exploration. At the end of each turn, take a moment to share your impressions and feelings. Refrain from criticism, sarcasm, or judgment, even if your partner did not follow the guided instructions exactly. Meditation is not about doing it perfectly. Erotic arousal is a type of hypnotic trance of heightened vulnerability. Speak kindly while occupying this tender space. Tactfully explain what you did and did not like. Be specific. Use descriptions such as ticklish, comforting, hot, cold, silky, coarse. Take turns speaking and listening just as you took turns receiving and giving touch.

This meditation was adapted from “Touching for Pleasure: A 12 Step Program for Sexual Enhancement,” by Adele P. Kennedy and Susan Dean, Ph.D. The music is by Chris Collin, [http://indiemusicbox.com][0] We hope you enjoy it.