I received this lovely account of a couple's erotic and spiritual ritual from Anne, 58, with permission to share it with you:
My husband and I have been friends since age 14 and were fortunate enough to marry our best friend. We're 58 now and have been married 35 years.
As part of our spiritual practice, we begin each day together, nude, in our hot tub, located on a screened porch where we're surrounded by woods, garden, and birdfeeders, watching the sun rise over the mountains. Usually we do this in silence, although we've been known to add music. Our favorite is Tina Turner's "You're The Best" CD. If you listen closely to the words, it can become a hymn to the Creator! Our neighbor's rooster also chimes in, crowing in the early hours -- a prelude to the day.
Each evening at day's end, we repeat this ritual. It's usually dark. The moon hangs above the trees or over the mountains. Every night is different. Sometimes it's a dazzling darkness with no moon, other times everything shivers in silver when the moon is full. The silence speaks volumes as we listen to the night creatures and other sounds.
We also purchased a massage table years ago, which is wonderful for relieving aches and pains as well as a delightful addition to foreplay. I'm trained in massage therapy by profession, however, my husband, whose wonderfully large hands were untrained, improved dramatically when I encouraged his visits to a massage therapist. Now we're both comfortable giving and receiving a massage and every one is different. Variety is truly the spice of life!
These are wonderful modalities for both of us who suffer from arthritis and who continue to be very much in love. It's a three for one deal, improving physical, emotional and spiritual health. I can't speak highly enough of this practice's rewards and encourage others to give it a go.
If you have an erotic and spiritual practice you'd like to share, I invite you to tell us about it.