Spiritual practice — it can be such a chore, can’t it? Even the word “practice” sounds like homework, like you need to eat all your vegetables before you can taste the sweet dessert of liberated consciousness. However, you might be surprised to find out that this isn’t how spiritual practice is supposed to feel!
In this extraordinary dialogue Sally Kempton and Ken Wilber help us to approach meditation as an expression of abundance rather than from a position of lack, need, or obligation. If you are a long-time meditator, this dialogue will offer some key perspectives to help deepen and strengthen your practice. If you happen to be new to meditation, or have perhaps experienced a lapse in your daily practice, this dialogue will give you the jump-start you need to take the next crucial steps toward recognizing the radical freedom and eternal spaciousness that rests at the heart of everything you have ever known.
“The best reason to do any meditation practice is that you like it. You should enjoy it. You should be able to relax within it. It should give you a feeling of peace. Once you’ve become familiar with it, the practice should feel natural. If you have to work too hard at the practice, it may be a sign that it’s the wrong technique for you.”
Sally Kempton, Meditation for the Love of It
About Meditation for the Love of ItDrawing 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 tranquility, 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.
About Sally Kempton
Sally Kempton, formerly known as Swami Durgananda, is recognized as a powerful meditation guide and as a spiritual teacher who integrates yogic philosophy with daily life. She is the author of the best-selling book Meditation for the Love of It, and writes the popular Wisdom column for Yoga Journal. She is a teacher in the tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, conducts workshops and retreats on its applied philosophy, and is also a core founder and faculty of iEvolve: Global Practice Community.
About Ken Wilber
Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life. Ken is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative world philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”.