Many of us grew up with religions that taught us sex and spirituality don't go together. But there are actually many practices that combine both. For millennia, people have used sex to become more mindful, feel more connected to others, and raise their consciousness. And you don't have to be part of any religion to do that.
"When we have intimate and sexual contact, several things are happening physiologically and hormonally inside us, which makes us feel a sense of an elevated state of consciousness," Sexuality Researcher, Educator, and Therapist Markie L. C. Twist, Ph.D. tells Bustle. "When we have a flooding of endorphins and oxytocin through sexual intimacy, we feel a flood of emotions that make us feel good and a sense of euphoria because of the endorphins, and we also feel bonded and close to our partner(s) because of the oxytocin." It also works the other way around, she adds: meditating and doing other things to improve your awareness can enhance your emotions and physical sensations during sex.
Many traditions from all over the world have taken advantage of sex's hormonal benefits for our spiritual well-being. Here are a few practices you can try if you want to make sex more spiritual.