Transcendent Sex conjures up visions of swooning new age hippies, a notion that can be an instant turn off.
But the path to spiritual enlightenment that connects body, mind, and spirit was recently given a surprising scientific nod of authenticity.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky just published results of a study showing that spirituality has a profound effect on the sex lives of women.
Until this study, the unique qualities of spirituality-apart from religiousness-were not considered a factor in sexuality.
Using a tool known as the Spiritual Transcendence Scale, researchers were able to track connectedness, the spiritual connection between individuals, and found that it played the largest role in sexuality for women.
The power of their belief in being connected to others may be what gives sexual intimacy a divine transcendent quality for women. The study found that spirituality did not have the same effect on men. In fact, the frequency of sex for men actually decreased as their spirituality increased.
Researchers hypothesized that men might not view spirituality as sexual because biologically, they don’t think of sex as a gateway to emotional intimacy.
Of course, the sample group used for the study were college students at one university, which leaves the theory vulnerable to questions of its relevance to the general adult population. But there seems to be an acknowledgment that mindfulness and spirituality are positively associated with sex.
An article published in the December 2008 Journal of Sexual Medicine, reported that sexually unsatisfied women who practiced yoga and meditation reported improvements in levels of arousal and desire, as well as better orgasms. In addition, yoga has been found to effectively treat premature ejaculation in men. Enlightened sex might just be worth coming OM to.
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