Margot Anand and Ecstatic Living Institute Teachers
Last week I had the immense pleasure of spending a week with Margot Anand, the self proclaimed grandmother of Tantra. At age 73, Margot is beautiful, full of grace, humor, wonderful stories and lots of wisdom. I thought it would be appropriate to end 2016 by sharing some of the pearls I gleaned from her.
"One of the keys of Tantra is being desireless at the height of desire"
This principle is about not having expectations, of being completely present and in the flow. Even in the height of desire, just be with and enjoy what is.
"As a woman you are a free human being whether you are in a relationship or not"
Your primary relationship is always with yourself first. That is where freedom comes from. Even if you are in a relationship, your desires need to be freely expressed and heard.
"Awaken the guru between your legs"
I have a little dirty secret to share with you...I am a Netflix binger. Sometimes when I need to relax, I will just pull out my computer, I don't own a TV, and start binge watching a Netflix TV series. This is how I fell in love with the Gilmore Girls a few years ago.
Given how much I looked forward to watching an episode of this show, I made it my "dessert", a special treat for when I had a good day or just needed a pick me up. Going at this pace it took me a whole year to finish the series and I've yet to find anything else to equal it.
So you can imagine my sheer delight at hearing that Netflix was producing a whole new season, 10 years later, with all the same characters, except for Richard Gilmore, due to the untimely death of Edward Hermann. And it did not disappoint! It had the same snappy dialogue, quirky story lines, and interesting characters as the original.
For those of you new to Gilmore Girls, the two main characters, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, are a mother and daughter living in a small town in the Connecticut suburbs. Lorelai raised Rory as a single mom since she got pregnant in high school and could not pursue her dreams of attending Yale, her father's alma mater.
Lorelai's very well to do blue blood country club family practically disowned her over her decision to have the baby. Much of the series is about the antagonistic relationship between Lorelei and her parents, especially her mother, Emily Gilmore. The other main story line is around Lorelai and Rory's love lives, and the mess they both make of them.