There are inherent dualities to tying a person.

With shibari, I've experienced the controlled precision of the tie versus the excitement of the power exchange, the constriction of the body versus the freeing of the mind, the warmth of the embrace versus its unyielding nature, the beauty of the lines and forms and body assembled versus the discomfort and pain of a stringent position, and of course, the power versus the responsibility.

For each, there is a yin and a yang. For each, there is tension, whether emotional, physical or sometimes even philosophical, and tension is what makes a story interesting. Tension is what makes life interesting.

Though it has been often characterized as an ancient curse, I say to you all without malice: may you live in interesting times...