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Our Hearts Burned Within Us

Having left their faith community behind in Jerusalem, two men shared their journey together, walking side by side along the road. They walked with heavy hearts touched by much sadness and disappointment.

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Candy's Corner - Take a Breath

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Candy's Corner - Take a Breath

OK, this started off as a plug for my upcoming retreat “Take A Breath,” and ended up being the day I realize I am about to step in to something new in my life – It’s scary as hell and I’m going to do it anyway because I long to live a life that is aligned with who I truly am –

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The Breath of Union - Part Two

[This meditation and the accompanying illustration come from Kali Rising: Foundational Principles of Tantra for a Transforming Planet, by Rudy Ballentine. Our thanks to Rudy for permission to use this material.]

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Foundational Meditation IIIB

The Breath of Union - Part Two

Establish a comfortable upright position. If sitting on the floor doesn't work for you, then sit in a chair, preferably forward, toward the edge, so that you can maintain a normally erect spine (with gentle curves forward at the lower back and neck.)

[When comfortably seated, play the recorded meditation.]

[There is a pause at the end of the spoken part of the meditation. Continue meditating as long as you wish, then bring you awareness back into your room.]

Steadying your focus is a valuable skill to develop. After some days of this, the breath will begin to settle more readily into a flow that is equal on the two sides

This equal flow, the sushumna of the yogis, reflects a bilateral activation of the two hemispheres of the brain. It is the sort of state that one enters during hypnotic trance. This is a perfect mode of function for meditation: it is not a good foundation for action in the world. Engagement with your surroundings is best undertaken when you are in the right nostril - for ative engagement (shat we have termed the Masculine). Or the left - for more receptive engagement (the Feminine).

Ideally, this exercise will provide you some opportunity to become more consciously acquainted with your capacity to function in these two modes, as well as the difference that marks the Union of trhe Two (the foundation of the Inner Marriage).

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If you like this meditation, check out Rudy's March 23-26 retreat, Tantric Awakening.

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Flashback Friday - Episode 77, A Drag Race

No, not with automobiles!  Just some fun with dresses, wigs, padded bras and high heels.

Men putting on drag.

Many men who come to Easton Mountain have no interest in drag; for a few the drag salon - known as "the Candy Store" - is the most important room in he Lodge; and for the rest of us, drag may be a way to have a relaxing break in an Easton Mountain day filled with yoga, meditation, discussion, massage and other tools of personal development and transformation.

Here's how that break played out one afternoon in 2015.

For two days, four days or six days of fun and renewal, where you get to choose the programs you want and whether you want to go in drag, check out Summer Splash (June 23 to 25), Gay Freedom Camp (June 30 to July 4), and Summer Gay Spirit Camp (July 31 to August 6).

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A Meditation on Love

Here's a meditation on love from Jason Tantra.

Men meditating

Early in the meditation, Jason says to close your eyes, but we recommend watching the whole video and then doing the meditation,

Jason and his husband Ingo will be hosting the Tantra 4 Gay Men Festival, August 8-13, 2017, at Easton Mountain.

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The Breath of Union - Part One

[This meditation and the accompanying illustration come from Kali Rising: Foundational Principles of Tantra for a Transforming Planet, by Rudy Ballentine. Our thanks to Rudy for permission to use this material.]

Tantric design with chakras

Foundational Meditation IIIA

The Breath of Union - Part One

Establish a comfortable upright position. If sitting on the floor doesn't work for you, then sit in a chair, preferably forward, toward the edge, so that you can maintain a normally erect spine (with gentle curves forward at the lower back and neck.)

[When comfortably seated, play the recorded meditation.]

[There is a pause at the end of the spoken part of the meditation. Continue meditating as long as you wish, then bring you awareness back into your room.]

Steadying your focus is a valuable skill to develop. After some days of this, the breath will begin to settle more readily into a flow that is equal on the two sides

This equal flow, the sushumna of the yogis, reflects a bilateral activation of the two hemispheres of the brain. It is the sort of state that one enters during hypnotic trance. This is a perfect mode of function for meditation.

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If you like this meditation, check out Rudy's March 23-26 retreat, Tantric Awakening.

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Letting Go of Fear

I can remember the days where I walked around in constant fear but would never tell anyone. As I walked down the street, I was afraid that every man I passed knew I was gay and hated me for it. So how did I change my fear of straight men and create a more constructive pattern? I discovered Core Energetics at Easton Mountain and began working with ...

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Flashback Friday - Episode 75, The Art Tent

In the spring of 2010, the artist Hunter Reynolds came to Easton Mountain and set up a steel-framed tent on the High Meadow as an art studio both for himself and for those who would be part of the summer camps that year.

View from inside the art tent

Drawings and sketches covered the east wall of the tent,

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At first the tent just had canvas sides, but later hunter added framed plate glass, probably originally intended as sliding doors.  He also put a hinged door on the south end of the tent, and a small wood-stove inside.  With this arrangement he could use the tent in all but the coldest months of winter.

The tent was used for five summers. During the severe winter of 2014-15, it collapsed under the weight of snow and ice.  In the spring of 2014 a barn that had been used for goats was converted into The Pavilion of Imagination - a place for everyone to explore their creative vision.

If you come tp one of our camps this summer, like Gay Freedom Camp or Gay Spirit Camp, please check out the Pavilion of Imagination, and the opportunities to create visual art that you will find there.

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