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Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience [Kindle Edition]

Sally Kempton , Elizabeth Gilbert
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Book Description

Meditation is like a love affair with your innermost self. At times it can be ecstatic and entrancing, other times simple and still—and sometimes you might not even feel its profound effects until later.

Now with Meditation for the Love of It, Sally Kempton shares practical secrets to help us turn meditation into an unconditional embrace of the fullness of our experience—on and off the meditation cushion. With the gentle wisdom and compassion of one who understands the nuances of practice, she opens us to the joy of exploring the deep and mysterious inner landscape of the heart, mind, and body.

Drawing on her 40 years as a teacher and a fellow meditator, Sally teaches us how we can connect to our inner longings and creative “shakti” energy to allow the transformative gifts and blessings of meditation to unfold. With playfulness and devotion—two key attitudes in sustaining a daily practice—she shares indispensable guidance for this voyage of self-discovery, including:

· How to tune in to your own “meditation channel,” a bandwidth of tranquillity, energy, and joy

· Why you don’t need a quiet mind to meditate

· How the force known as Kundalini can fuel your practice

· Connecting to your ever-present Inner Beloved to let go of conditioned ideas about yourself and make space for the True Self to come forth

· Ripening your practice beyond technique into the “sweet mysterious expanse of spontaneous meditation”

· More than 20 practices for bringing the peace and insight of meditation into your daily life

“Remember: what you seek in meditation is your own Beloved, your own inner intelligence, your own Awareness, and your own Truth,” teaches Sally. Meditation for the Love of It points us back to our own intimate heart of hearts, our own deepest experience, and the bliss of existence itself.


Introduction: Awakening to Meditation

Chapter One: The Lure of Meditation

Chapter Two: How Do We Experience the Inner Self?

Chapter Three: Preparing for Practice

Chapter Four: Choosing the Right Doorway

Chapter Five: Moving Inward: The Practice of Oneness

Chapter Six: Working with the Mind, Part I: Navigating the Thought-Stream

Chapter Seven: Working with the Mind, Part II: Liberating Your Thoughts

Chapter Eight: Letting the Shakti Land

Chapter Nine: Where Do You Find Yourself? A Road Map to the Meditation Journey

Chapter Ten: Coming Out of Meditation: Contemplation, Recollection, and Journal Writing

Chapter Eleven: The Daily Life of a Meditator: Holding Inner Attention

Chapter Twelve: The Three-Week Breakthrough Program

Chapter Thirteen: The Process of Ripening

Epilogue: Let the Inner Dance Unfold

Editorial Reviews


“Sally Kempton is one of the great realized teachers on the meditation path, whose Integral understanding of life merges seamlessly with her mastery of meditation.  She is a guide for our time.”
- Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything

“Love this book!  I’m grateful to Sally for this how-to guide to the soul and am excited to deepen my own experience of meditation through her inspiration and guidance.”
- Seane Corne, international yoga teacher and activist, cofounder of Off the Mat, Into the World

"This is classic wisdom of the East, cast in a very personal and accessible form. It is authoritative and inspiring and will make you want to meditate for the highest reasons and in the most effective ways."
- Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Healing and Meditation for Optimum Health

"Sally Kempton is a true gift to the yoga world, for she is able to communicate the living wisdom of meditation through her engaging, natural, and practical writing style which vibrates with flowing consciousness. Sally awakens meditation from within, and her teachings in this book will resonate with people at all levels of experience on the spiritual path."
- Shiva Rea, Yogini

"A thoughtful, intuitive, and uncommonly well-written book, which can only be welcomed by all who follow the way of meditation."
- Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard

"One of the most practical, clear, and fascinating guides on meditation that has ever been written. This book can totally revolutionize your meditation practice and quite possibly your life!"
- John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga

"Deep thanks for Meditation for the Love of It.  It is a warm, gentle, immediately relevant book that will help many people and touch many hearts."
- Robert A. Johnson, author of We, Inner Work, and Balancing Heaven and Earth

"I often recommend Sally Kempton to my own meditation students as a realized guide on the path of awakening. We are all blessed to have her and her genuine tantric lineage and teaching transmission in this country in our lifetime."
- Lama Surya Das, author of Natural Radiance and Awakening the Buddha Within

 "Meditation for the Love of It is a gift to the world; a kiss to the inner life."
- Mariana Caplan, PhD, author of Halfway up the Mountain and Eyes Wide Open

"Sally Kempton can awaken your heart and still your mind in a way that will radically amaze and delight you. If you are going use just one guide to meditation, this book should be it."
- Marc Gafni, PhD, author of Soul Prints

About the Author

Sally Kempton is known both for her ability to lead students into deep states of meditation, and for her gift of making yogic wisdom applicable to daily life. She has spent over 40 years practicing, studying, and teaching meditation and spiritual philosophy. A former swami, or monk, she lived and studied for many years with enlightened Indian masters, and received training in the Kashmir Shaivism tradition. She writes "Wisdom," a regular column for Yoga Journal, and teaches workshops and retreats in the United States and Europe.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite book... January 23, 2011
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I have been impressed with Sally Kempton for a while now and was disappointed that I could not get a copy of her previous book on meditation. Apparently this is a newly updated and revised edition of that book and it is a gem. The book is enlightening, fascinating, informative and above all INSPIRING. For those of us who have attempted meditation without a teacher or guru but have withered quickly in the face of the daunting loneliness of the meditation cushion, Sally has arrived on the scene to guide us, support us, and provide the companionship so often necessary to weather the storm. After reading this book I was, for the first time, excited about meditation, rather than just viewing it as a drudgery I would at some time finally have to face if I was ever to find peace in this world. I have spent years reading about meditation and minutes actually doing it, but with Sally's guidance there is new hope. Now whenever the resistance arises, I just read a few paragraphs and I am back on track.

Sally is very versed and experienced in the "hows" of meditation and conveys that information in a clear and riveting way, but it is her offering of the "whys" that I find so valuable. No, there are no law of attraction ramblings here or promises of unlimited financial or material abundance, just an offering of the real possibility of finally being comfortable in our own skin and situation in life, which is what we are all after anyway, isn't it.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful meditation book December 30, 2010
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This is a superb meditation primer. It is extremely practical, and insightful - a rare book in being an excellent match for a novice or a long term mediator looking to deepen their practice. It is also fabulous in that it offers ways to experiment with and deepen your practice based on your nature and needs. I highly recommend it. Cindy Franklin
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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If you're new to meditation, Sally Kempton's "Meditation for the Love of It" is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you've been meditating for years and have hit a plateau or are not getting as much out of meditation as you feel you should, you may find this book helpful, provocative, and enjoyable.

Kempton observes that the rewards of practicing meditation can decline as it loses novelty and becomes an everyday routine. She recalls a day many years ago when she suddenly recognized that her meditation practice had become rigid, mechanical, and unrewarding. To break out of her rut, she gave herself permission to experiment and play with her meditation practice, incorporating a variety of approaches and deliberately setting aside the advice of teachers who say there is only one correct way to meditate. She also refocused herself on the "ultimate goal" of meditation: "to experience the full emergence of your own pure Consciousness, the inner state of luminosity, love, and wisdom that the Indian tradition calls the 'inner Self' or the 'true Self' or the 'Heart.'" (p. 26) Most of the remainder of the book illustrates how to incorporate these two insights--allowing play, and focusing on the goal--into meditation practice.

A few caveats are in order: As I said at the outset, this isn't a book for beginners. Much of the discussion refers to experiences they will not have had, and the book isn't organized with their needs and concerns in mind. It's also not a step-by-step manual, even though Kempton does include more than 25 exercises and many more tips and guidelines. In addition, Kempton approaches meditation as a spiritual and mystical practice on the order of and sometimes directly involving prayer.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a good book but a little too much for me April 22, 2011
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This book has a lot of great information about meditation. When I ordered the book I was under the impression that the book was going to help make meditation more practical in a person's life and more accessible. Instead the book was obviously geared more toward the advanced meditator. There was just a little too much information on shakti, and everything was explained in sanskrit. For those who want an in depth discussion of these things and how they relate to meditation, this would be a good book for you. Personally, I am not an advanced meditator and I just want to use meditation to be more stress free, happier, etc. I am not on that level spiritually where I want to become as advanced as this book. The author of the book has spent time in an ashram and has been meditating for 40 years and meditates for more than an hour a day. This book seems to be more geared toward those who are making a meditation practice a big part of their life, not just a sidenote.

Also, I found the extensive amount of quotes to be more bothersome than anything else.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended January 9, 2011
Not everybody has the chance, commitment, or destiny to learn directly from a great spiritual master. But the next best thing - and for some the best thing for now - is to learn from someone who has learned directly from a great master. Sally Kempton has studied deeply and extensively with meditation masters Baba Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, and brings illustrative stories from that experience and ancient wisdom together with her own intelligence and humanity to offer a valuable exploration and presentation of many facets, with helpful tips for delving into the amazing practice of meditation, for the love of it.

Sharon Janis, author of Spirituality For Dummies
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Book on General Non-Dual Meditation
- beautiful integration of Tantra/Kashmir Shaivism which IMO is the highest form of knowledge to ever exist
- simple yet profound, easy to read
- some of the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mike Yap
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner
I just finished a 16-week meditation course. This book is great at describing the trials and tribulations as well as the joy of finally being able to meditate (it is a process). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful inspiration
This book is a book you can use throughout your life. There are so many suggestions for meditations, it's inspiring and motivating. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrea Ehringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely grateful for this book
Disclaimer: I haven't even read 100% of this book yet (may update this review when I have)... But it's already proven well worth the purchase price by helping me to make natural... Read more
Published 8 months ago by McMoonwalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Meditation Book
Sally Kempton is an amazing meditation teacher and this book is great for anyone wanting to start a practice or explore their existing practice.
Published 9 months ago by Teresa Phelps Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars some wonderful tips for meditators
I love using Sally's book in my meditation classes. The students are always amazed at how deep they can go into meditation after we do one of her exercises from the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the fluffy title fool you.
Someone suggested this book and I shied away because of the title and the author who wrote the foreword . I thought it would be trivial and maybe even a little silly. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Leslie Shipley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instructional book
Liked the fact that Sally provides examples throughout the book to illustrate the topics that she is discussing. Would recommend for a beginner.
Published 12 months ago by Jo Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take
If you are into meditation, this is for you. I have many CDs and reads that just didn't do it for me. This is by far the best.
Published 14 months ago by fitzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, simple and truthful
Classic - a very honest narration on how to approach meditation. Sally is real and honest in her approach. Best buy on this subject
Published 14 months ago by Amit
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More About the Author

Sally Kempton is a master of meditation, yoga philosophy, and practical tantric philosophy. Her retreats and workshops are known for creating breakthroughs, born of her ability to help people turn sublime truths into lived, and life-shifting, experience. Sally spent 20 years as a swami in a Vedic order, and has been studying and teaching spiritual wisdom for 40 years. She is the author of Meditation for the Love of It, a seminal book on basic meditation practice, and writes the popular Yoga Journal column, Wisdom. Learn more at

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