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The tantric teachings on the subtle or energetic body were an aspect of the dharma to which I responded very strongly when I first discovered Buddhism. Why? Two reasons. First, I found that I basically lived my entire life in my head, like so many other modern human beings. To practice embodiment, to ground my awareness in my feet and stomach and heart, to tame my monkey mind and stay connected to the earth: these were my first major dharmic lessons and values. Second, as I listened to teachings on meditating with the body, as I discovered the first fruits of practice, I realized I had encountered this electric and energetic and erotic approach to body-awareness before: in poetry.