Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience

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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 joyWhy you don’t need a quiet mind to meditateHow the force known as Kundalini can fuel your practiceConnecting to your ever-present Inner Beloved to let go of conditioned ideas about yourself and make space for the True Self to come forthRipening 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


“This is the 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

“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

Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604070811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604070811
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Customer Reviews

… to describe and teach yet Sally Kempton has a wonderful way of drawing you into this world

 on March 31, 2017
By diane mulligan
Meditation is probably one of the most difficult topics to describe and teach yet Sally Kempton has a wonderful way of drawing you into this world. I have read another of her books which prompted me to buy this. Part of me wants to race through it because its so enjoyable to read yet another part of me wants to slowly savour it. I know that she will be a go to read whenever I feel a need to instill fresh enthusiam back into my practice. I would recommend to anyone interested in Meditating whether a beginner or advanced practioner, I have found her to be the most profound author on the topic I have read so far, she makes it so accessible.

Good starting point!

19 people found this helpful
 on August 13, 2011
By Mikka
I have been meditating for less than a year, and this book has given some good (and thorough) basics to start on. Each chapter goes through different subjects, techniques, explanations, and experiences and she neatly ties all these aspects together in each chapter. Kempton explains the use of each of the meditations she provides -often called exercises- as well as useful meditation terms to help you find out what it means, how it applies to meditation and also helps with how you are doing during a session. She relates personal and secondhand experiences of different meditations to the exercises she sets out for you in each chapter.She starts with the basics first, such as breathing and relaxing then shows the reader different techniques you can use to deepen meditation and to gently bring your thoughts and focus back into your meditation, as well as techniques to help cope with or dissipate fear, anxiety or “unwanted” thoughts or emotions. Also, Kempton offers a more detailed explanation of Kundalini in the appendix and also offers some troubleshooting tips in the same section in case you have questions or are in need of help.

best book on meditation that I have read!

5 people found this helpful
 on April 21, 2016
By EddieMIDI
This is the best book on Yogic-style meditation that I have read. Kempton shares her own journey and generalizes the concepts into practical advice for the meditator. There are over 30 examples of how you can apply her practices to your routine. I was “stuck” on one method and Kempton opened my eyes to a variety of different techniques and encouraged experimentation. You will get a lot out of this book. I think it is better for people who already have some experience in meditation.

Enjoying the Experience of Meditation

 on November 28, 2015
By llyn
This is the 2nd time I’ve ordered this book because I thought I lost my first copy and I use it so much! I teacher and train students to be yoga teachers and this is fast becoming one of my “required” books for them. It not only has short guided meditations, it also is broken up into chapters that really address the different “levels” of meditation. For example, what meditation is, the lure of it, how to experience the Inner Self, choosing the Right Doorway, etc. I absolutely love the fact that she has chosen quotes for each chapter that go directly with what that chapter and the meditations are about. This book is a great resource for the Self, for students/people interested in learning meditation techniques, as well as giving us great insights in which to go deeper!

My new favorite book…

79 people found this helpful
 on January 23, 2011
By The source
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.


One person found this helpful
 on December 15, 2015
By Gina M Clingerman
I am using this book to teach a 100 Days of Meditation workshop. Sally Kempton is the amazing. Her insight and guidance is invaluable. All of my students are loving this book. She presents mediation in a peaceful and loving light accesible to all. I would totally recommend this to anyone interested in meditation, those dabbling in meditation, even ardent practioners of meditaiton. Wonderful book!


2 people found this helpful
 on January 24, 2011
By Amazon Customer
I am somewhat of an experienced meditator and I found the book to be very good. Although I use a somewhat different style, I especially liked the way she took some the more esoteric “yogic” meditations, and made them useful and practical to even a novice. She gave clear explanations and-even more important–simple and practical examples. You could read something and go from a topic that at first appears “kind of out there” and then through her breakdown actually put it to use immediately. I think that if you have an interest in meditation, this would be an excellent choice for anyone.

some wonderful tips for meditators

3 people found this helpful
 on November 24, 2013
By Jenn
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. Sally’s meditation exercises are simple and mimic some of the same techniques that meditators have used over the centuries. I also really enjoyed her explanation on Kundalini. She speaks from grace, knowledge, experience and in laypersons terms. Whether you are new at meditation or you have been doing it for years, I highly recommend this book.