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Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience Paperback – January 1, 2011
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—Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Healing and Meditation for Optimum Health
"A thoughtful, intuitive, and uncommonly well-written book, which can only be welcomed be all who follow the way of meditation."
—Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard
"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
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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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.
I find that she writes very beautifully, and although I wasn't entirely captivated during the reading, I find she does have a good way of informing the reader about the subject of meditation.I am sure she is bound to capture more readers who are in need of help in meditating, and this book is definitely a good starting point for beginning meditators the know very little about the subject.
Just as a side note, although I didn't do many of the exercises, I found that the meditation on "sitting with" your thoughts and remembering them as shakti(energy) really helped me cope with a fear of mine and after maybe 20-30 minutes of doing this I found myself feeling much better and was able to completely make my fear dissapear and go on with my day as if nothing emotionally stressful had happened
to me! I will be sure to keep using this technique when the need arises and maybe do even more of the exercises she outlines in this book.
I had thought of meditation as a struggle, something I should do, a way to tame my "monkey mind" that would have all these benefits for me if I just did it. SK's ideas have introduced me to a new and precious way of thinking about practice, as a way of developing my relationship with myself. This sounds nice, something I would guess many fellow "seekers" aspire to, but not only does Sally elaborate on this in the book far better than I could here, but she also inspires and enables you to have deep and fulfilling experiences as a regular part of life, which begin to seep from your meditation practice into your more "ordinary" experiences, especially if you practice both formal meditation and mindfulness throughout your day. (I have found the combination to be far more powerful than informal mindfulness alone.) To me, this has been both indescribably sweet, eliciting spontaneous connection and poignancy in moments that might otherwise have missed it.. and downright cool.
I also credit Sally Kempton for inspiring me to practice regularly, once or twice a day, daily. I'm not perfectionistic about this at all.. I no longer "have to" do it.. I *want* to; I now often feel a subtle, gentle tug drawing me inward and know a nourishing feast for my mind and spirit, if you will, awaits.
As a second little disclaimer, I also took a Vedic meditation course which provided some in-person insight on technique, and I think that can be helpful. I wouldn't suggest that this book is "all you'll ever need" to meditate, despite it's comprehensive nature. It is, however, a cornerstone amongst resources that I consult on the topic, and has given me the true and much appreciated gift of inspiration to cultivate a regular, deeply nourishing meditation practice.
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