In the West, Tantra is often associated with sexuality. However, Tantra is actually a rich, holistic tradition from India which fosters self-development in all domains of life. For example, in the Sanskrit scripture Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra, 112 meditation techniques for daily life are described, only very few of which relate to sexuality. It includes, for example, specific meditation techniques that can be carried out during eating, dancing, enjoying art or even sneezing (watch this interview for more information).
More accurately, there is actually not one tradition of Tantra, but there are many strands. Contrary to many other spiritual or religious traditions, Tantra does not typically recommend suppressing one’s sexuality. Rather, sexuality is seen as a natural, beautiful aspect of life which can help us grow and find true happiness.
I am very fascinated by Tantra and its views on love an sexuality, and keep searching for more answers on what it truly is about. I am on a quest to understanding which elements of Tantra may be able to support people’s relationships, sexual life and well-being. Longer-term, I aim to conduct controlled scientific research about these elements.