Sex as a spiritual path

As we age, sex and sexuality take on different meanings.  Our bodies change, take longer to respond so, therefore, the meaning we make about sex has to change.

Have you considered where the divine enters into your sex life?  Do you and your partner talk of such things?

There are an equal number of religions that repress sexuality and call it sinful and those who see sexual pleasure as a gift from God.  Growing up sexually means embracing all of who you are.

Spiritual teacher, Phillip Goldberg writes a comprehensive article on this topic.  Check it out at:

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Cheating Hearts

Are you worried about your marriage?  Do you think your partner may be cheating, on-line or otherwise?

DID YOU KNOW…

An amazing 60% of men – and 40% of women will have at least one extramarital affair.
The Hite Report on Male Sexuality of 1980 found that 72% of men married two years or more had had an extramarital affair.
The Shere Hite’s 1987 survey of women found that 70% of women married five years or more had had an extramarital affair.
Approximately 15% of women and 25% of men have more than four affairs during their married lives.
Fewer than 10% of people having affairs divorce their spouse and marry their lover (of which 75% of these marriages end in divorce).
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Signs of a Cheating Lover / Spouse / Partner:

They start working a lot of overtime

They use the internet excessively

You keep receiving hang up phone calls

Your Lover / Spouse is no longer interested in sex

They use the phrase  ” I need my space!”
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Check out this site if you think you need more clarity or information on this topic.

http://www.chatcheaters.com/

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Relationship as a spiritual path

Have you ever thought of your love relationship as a spiritual path?  Here’s an opportunity to consider that you are the one who can make or break your relationship depending on how you take stock of yourself. 

Author and spiritual teacher Phillip Goldberg points the way to using your relationship as a vehicle for growth and development in this article. 

http://healthy.net/scr/column.asp?Id=626

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Sex after Sixty…

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard, 11 a.m. Eastern Standard

Is it possible that sex can get better as we get older?  According to guest and long time fitness guru, Joan Price, the answer is YES!  Join Eunice and Joan as they discuss tips to keep sexual pleasure on the menu.  From exercises to sex toys, this very open discussion is educational and entertaining.  Joan shares her real life experiences as well as stories from other seasoned women.

Tune into Plain Wrapper www.health.voiceamerica.com with host, Eunice Miller

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Recovery for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Weekends of Recovery For Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

The MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery provide a way to find words, understanding and a sense of community to men as they continue their experience of psychotherapy or begin the process of recovery. This experience is structured to provide experiences that are not often available in traditional talk therapy environments.

These dynamic retreats are structured to respond to the many issues facing men on their journey through recovery.  This is an opportunity to
share with other survivors some aspect of your healing journey, share inner pain with others who have been there, give a voice to your experience as a survivor, experience a safe environment and a safe place to let go and open up, and a safe place to build and experience a sense of community and joy.

“It was the safest retreat I’ve ever been to. I never felt, for even an
instant, that anyone was at risk. The process was empowering and supportive. I connected with other guys powerfully. I’m still corresponding with most of them in a supportive and nurturing way.” (Retreat Participant)

2006 Weekend of Recovery Schedule: Schedule

April 28 – April 30, 2006: Level 1
Simpsonwoods Retreat Center: Atlanta, GA

May 26 – 28, 2006: Clergy Persons Abused by Clergy
(Open to female & male clergy abused by clergy)
Co-sponsored by Male Survivor & Kirkridge
Kirkridge Retreat & Study Center: Bangor, PA

September 8 – 10, 2006: Advanced (requires prior attendance at Level 1) Alta Lodge: Salt Lake City, Utah

October 13 -15, 2006: Level 1 Hope Springs Institute: Peebles, Ohio

November 3 -5: Level 1
Mysthaven Country Retreat and Spa
Stouffville, Ontario, Canada

More information & registration for these Weekends of Recovery is available at the Male Survivor web site: www.malesurvivor.org
or contact Howard Fradkin, PhD. at 800-285-9397 or MaleSurvivor at 800-738-4181.

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Los Angeles Times article on cybersex addiction

This is an excellent and comprehensive article on cybersex addiction, what it is, who’s effected and where to get help. Sex Addiction Los Angeles

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-internetsex26dec,1,3950899.story?coll=la-headlines-health&ctrack=1&cset=true

When to go to a sex therapist vs. a medical doctor

Have you noticed that a lot of your friends and family go to counseling or therapy and have no problem talking about it?  Thankfully, counselling and therapy have become popular options today for those in need of support.  But if you have a sex problem, then you probably need to see someone who specialises in sex rather than someone who is a general therapist.

That said, the first order of business should always be to explore whether your sexual difficulties are medical problems, and to get help for these you need to see a doctor. You might feel embarrassed at first to talk to your doctor about your problems, but if you have a good relationship with your doctor and know that s/he is easy to talk to, then start there. However, if you’re too embarrassed to talk to this person, or you think that he or she might not be experienced enough, your best bet is to go to someone whose specialty is sexual medicine.

The kind of sexual problems that are medical are usually things that hurt – like a tight foreskin or a vagina that feels taut and uncomfortable if intercourse is attempted. Erectile Dysfunction, impotence and rapid ejaculation are often concerns for many.  A doctor can help you determine whether your problem is organic or rooted in performance anxiety.  There is always the possibility that your problem is being caused by a medical condition, such as diabetes, infections, allergies etc.  If you have a discharge (from either a penis or vagina) or if it hurts when you pee then that would most likely require medical attention.

Problems such the inability to reach orgasm, low sexual desire, and relationship problems can be better addressed by a sex therapist.  You can find a certified sex therapist in your area by going to www.aasect.org

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Sexual Recovery for LDS

If you are a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints and are struggling with sexual addiction, take some comfort in knowing you are not alone! Sex Addiction Los Angeles

Your church has a comprehensive website directing you on how to get the help you need.  Click here and start your recovery today!

http://www.ldsr.org/intro.phtml

Women and Sex Addiction

There is so little information still, about women, sex and addiction.  Women report feeling so much shame about how they have used their bodies and hurt themselves that it’s difficult to reach out and ask for help. Sex Addiction Los Angeles

If you are female and think you may be sexually addicted, take a look at this www.celebraterecovery.com/SmallGroups/sa_Women.asp

I also recommend “Women, Sex and Addiction” by Charlotte Kasel, Ph.D.

Erectile Dysfunction

At Risk: Men With Dysfunction Should Ask About Heart

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

Erectile dysfunction is almost as strong a predictor of heart disease as smoking or family history, according to a report published last week in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers studied 3,816 men with erectile dysfunction and 4,247 men with no dysfunction, and they tracked the incidence of angina, heart attack, arrhythmias, stroke and other heart problems over seven years. Men who reported erectile dysfunction before or during the study had a 45 percent increased risk of a cardiovascular event compared with men who never reported the problem.

“Erectile dysfunction is treatable,” said Dr. Ian M. Thompson, the lead author of the report and chairman of urology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. “It may be the event that gets a man in to see a doctor. That patient should ask his physician: ‘I used to smoke. My dad died of a heart attack. Now I have E.D. Do I need further evaluation?’ Then the doctor has additional responsibilities to think about cardiac illness as well.”

The link between erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease, the authors write, has previously been established, but the magnitude of the effect has not been known until now.

The authors acknowledge that the results depend on patient reports of erectile dysfunction that may be difficult to assess and that they did not collect data on blood pressure medications or medications for erectile dysfunction, which may have altered the results.

Still, the association held even after controlling for smoking, cholesterol level, family history and other factors.

December 27, 2005
The Consumer

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