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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438258631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438258638
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The spiritual Heart within each of us is the true source of love, peace, joy, wisdom, strength, and fulfillment. Everything that really matters is found within our own Being. The book, Living from the Heart, is designed to lead readers very gradually and yet deeply into experiences of this inner wisdom and capacity for love. Readers can follow the pointers and exercises in the book and directly experience for themselves the limitless joy and love in their own Being. It is profoundly freeing to find that everything that really matters in life is already here inside of us. What a relief to know that peace, wisdom, and fulfillment are always available if we just know where to look. What a gift it can be to the world when we discover that we can freely give our love and attention to everyone and everything we encounter without ever running out of love or attention.

The first part of the book, From the Heart: Dropping out of Your Mind and Into Your Being introduces the reader to the spiritual Heart and the capacity it gives us to look out at the world with an open, loving, and complete perspective. It offers simple ways to shift into a more open and accepting perspective and to experience your true nature as aware space.

The second part, The Heart's Wisdom, shows how the Heart is truly wise and how it can guide us in everyday decisions. This section points the reader back to their own Heart, the truest source of wisdom.

Finally, the third part of the book, Love Is for Giving, Not for Getting, shows a simple way to love in a truly unconditional way. It guides the reader to discover that the true source of love is in your own heart. It is by giving love that we are filled with love.

About the Author

Nirmala offers a unique vision and a gentle, compassionate approach, which adds to the rich tradition of spiritual exploration and awakening. He offers satsang or "gatherings for the truth" across the United States and around the world as a celebration of the possibility, in every moment, of recognizing the limitless awareness and love that is our true nature. He also offers Nondual Spiritual Mentoring, or spiritual guidance, in one-on-one sessions either in person or over the phone. He is the author of several spiritual books, including Nothing Personal, That Is That, Meeting the Mystery, and Living from the Heart. His website offers free ebooks, book excerpts, audios, videos, a blog, and a monthly newsletter.

More About the Author

Who are you really? Are you your body. mind and personality? Or are you the spacious awareness in which they appear? Questions like these point us to the infinite Presence that is the true source of peace, happiness and fulfillment. Nirmala is a spiritual teacher in the Advaita tradition of nondual wisdom, and is the author of several engaging and practical books about our spiritual nature.

**Nirmala's website: http://endless-satsang.com

**Nirmala's blog: http://endless-satsang.com/nonduality-advaita-satsang-blog.htm

**Nirmala's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nirmala/131968710233328

Nirmala offers a unique vision and a gentle, compassionate approach, which adds to this rich tradition of inquiry into the truth of Being. He also offers Nondual Spiritual Mentoring, or spiritual guidance, in one-on-one sessions either in person or over the phone. More information about mentoring sessions is here: http://endless-satsang.com/spiritual-guidance-mentoring.htm

"The beauty of this collection of Nirmala's talks and dialogues is that it covers much of the spectrum of spiritual awakening, from the initial experience of one's true nature to the practical challenges, which always call for a deeper seeing and deeper understanding of how spirit manifests as all of life and beyond. Within these talks and dialogues you, the reader, will find Nirmala to be a living invitation to look within. Nirmala welcomes whatever arises within the field of experience. In the midst of this welcoming is always an invitation to inquire deeply within, to the core of who and what you are. Again and again, Nirmala points the questions back to the questioner and beyond to the very source of existence itself--to the faceless awareness that holds both the question and the questioner in a timeless embrace." -from the Foreword by Adyashanti to Nirmala's book, Nothing Personal.


Customer Reviews

I heartily recommend this book.
Gregles
Nirmala's book is an invitation to explore the world through a new lens of perception...deep love, peace, stillness and awareness.
Deborah Parker
Thank you again, My Most Perect Teacher.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Arzani Burman on August 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have had the pleasure of sitting in Satsangs with Nirmala, as well as reading his books, and find that there is a feeling of total acceptance which permeates his being, and is equally felt through his writings. I hope I am not exposing a secret when I say that although there are many approaches in spiritual literature which direct us to move from the head to the heart, I find in Nirmala's writing a quality which I can only describe as "disarming." The following quotations may give an idea of what I mean. In Part 2 - The Heart's Wisdom, he says: "The opening and closing of the heart is not a prescription - something you need to practice - but simply a description of what your heart has been doing your entire life." such a phrase leaves nothing for the ego to resist, and adds spaciousness to the process of inquiry. And just when the ego feels it might have material to come back into prominence as it strives to succeed in the process, Nirmala says, "There is never a need to have a bigger or smaller experience, as Being is still Being, even in the small experiences . . . just as a single drop of water is still wet." "One more try," the ego says, and then it reads "Being is never harmed by the limited perspectives we experience . . . Being is already resting within the endless opening and closing of the heart, so you might as well enjoy the ride." And it is then that the ego realizes that it is, and always has been, included in the "ride" and it finally rests. I am very grateful for Nirmala's teachings, and highly recommend his book to those who are ready to stop the struggle and rest in "Being." Arzani Burman, author of "The Legacy of Violetta Rose: An Inter-Dimensional Journey Through the Lincoln Tunnel and Beyond."

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Parker on September 11, 2008
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Nirmala's book is an invitation to explore the world through a new lens of perception...deep love, peace, stillness and awareness. His coaching is followed by extraordinarily simple exercises that helped me to stop avoiding and resisting the challenges in life. He taught me how to relax into every moment and find the richness that was already there. Before reading this book, I felt an almost constant obsessive desire for more...more love, gratification, experience, more of almost everything. When I view reality from my heart, as Nirmala instructs, the obsessiveness stops and is replaced with deep fulfillment and peace.

Nirmala's words are imbued with Spirit and seem to penetrate deeply, way beyond the mind. The ONLY other book that had a similar effect on me was Eckert Tolle's "The Power Of Now." It is rare indeed to pick up a book and read only a sentence or paragraph and know that you have crossed the threshold of mind and entered into the larger domain of Expanded Awareness. I love this book and can't wait to share it with others.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Aralan on July 18, 2009
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I just finished reading Living from the Heart. What a wonderful book. The chapters on "Love is For Giving" were mind blowing. "What if it doesn't matter what your awareness touches but only that awareness is flowing" is radically transformative. It means it is all worth loving. It means that peace is right here in every moment. It means that I can be in love all the time by just allowing my awareness to flow to what is before me. I tried the exercises and they were amazing. It is true, deeply moving, just plain old fun and even silly to experience that when I gave love to the cold metallic metro train pole that I could feel in my hands and that was supporting me, I could be filled with a sense of love and incredible gratitude.

Its like I woke up in a new world this morning. Its like a wonderful game where I get to play with giving love to all that is around "me" as it appears before me, even the hardships. I feel like it could change everything from how I will walk to talk to eat. I will do it all with awareness, space, mindfullness, presence and love. I will change not because someone is telling me to do something more "moral" or "correct" but because it is deeply satisfying to surrender into being an instrument of love. Its the ultimate perfect equation where the more you give of love the more you feel of love.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric Gross VINE VOICE on July 20, 2009
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Nirmala is a beautiful communicator of authentic spiritual insight and loving wisdom. I say this because I know from my own experience that his observations mirror that of not only my own experience, but also those of the most powerful and eloquent of spiritual teachers. This book is a particularly on point presentation of heartfelt wisdom.
Often our inability to make breakthroughs in the spiritual life is on account of our assertion that we "exist" in only in our heads. This book takes us out of that constricted dimension and into the broader and warmer dimensions of the heart, where real connection is made. I very strongly recommend this book to anyone seeking more balance, harmony, and most importantly connection in their life.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Sauve on October 9, 2008
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I first read one of Nirmala's books almost two years ago and it was my introduction to Avaita. It took what Pema Chodron's work had started for me to a more personal, practical level to apply in daily life. The most valuable "pointer" is how Nirmala, kindly, gently has us be with everything with a perspective of "allowing," not efforting to change anything. I've always had trouble being judgmental for not so wonderful feelings or experiences and his writings get right to the heart of being allowing and merciful of even the worst parts of my thinking and interpretations of life experiences. Nirmala, referring to your writings almost daily, I'm learning and practicing what "loving myself," my human nature, really means. His writing speaks deeply to me and compells me to practice living from the heart, even when I'm not. In person, at his retreat, his presence is also beautiful and a gift I am very grateful for experiencing.
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