Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga

Sounds True

How do you live a life of spiritual awakening as well as outer abundance, inner freedom as well as deep intimacy? How do you serve the world selflessly, yet passionately celebrate your life?

The sages of Tantra have known for centuries that when you follow the path of Shakti—the sacred feminine principle personified by the goddesses of yoga—these gifts can manifest spontaneously. Yet most of us, women as well as men, have yet to experience the full potential of our inner feminine energies. When you know these powers for what they are, they heighten your capacity to open spiritually, love more deeply and fearlessly, create with greater mastery, and move through the world with skill and delight. In Awakening Shakti, you will learn how to recognize and invite:

  • Kali, bringer of strength, fierce love, and untamed freedom
  • Lakshmi, who confers prosperity and beauty
  • Saraswati, for clarity of communication and intuition
  • Radha, who carries the divine energy of spiritual longing
  • Bhuvaneshvari, who creates the space for sacred transformation
  • Parvati, to awaken creativity and the capacity to love

With a wealth of meditations, visualizations, mantras, teachings, and beautifully told stories, Awakening Shakti provides a practical guide for activating the currents of the divine feminine in every aspect of your life.

“Sally Kempton's new book is a treasure that brings myth, meditation, and everyday revelation together in a way that will allow every woman to embody the divine feminine in her life. Sally enlivens the full spectrum of the goddess—from independent protector, to lover, to dynamic and powerful creatrix. I highly recommend this soon-to-be classic!”
—Shiva Rea, yogini

“Sally Kempton has given us a mythic manual for a new kind of feminism—a feminism of the soul. And this is a good thing, because humanity needs feminine power now as both a healing tonic and a source of reinvention.”
—Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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Sally Kempton
Sally Kempton has been studying and teaching the wisdom of yoga for 40 years. A highly regarded teacher of meditation and spiritual philosophy, she writes the popular Yoga Journal column “Wisdom.” Known for her gift of making yogic wisdom relevant to daily life and for transmitting deep states of meditation, she teaches retreats and teleclasses internationally. Sally is the author of Meditation for the Love of It (Sounds True, 2011). She resides in Carmel Valley, California.
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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
Freude statt Askese – ein neuer, lustvoller Weg der Meditation

»Sally Kempton ist nicht nur eine der besten Meditationslehrerinnen der Welt, sondern sie ist auch und vor allem eine von uns. Wir brauchen niemanden, der dafür sorgt, dass wir uns angesichts unserer Schwächen noch schlechter fühlen. Stattdessen benötigen wir Herzenswärme und Mitgefühl, Geduld und Empathie. Sally vertritt all diese Werte in ihrer Person. Dieses Buch ist wie eine kostbare Landkarte, großzügig zur Verfügung gestellt von einer erfahrenen Pilgerin. Sie können es als den wichtigsten Reiseführer betrachten, den Sie je in der Hand gehalten haben. Was sollten wir denn auch Wichtigeres mit unserem kurzen, wundersamen Leben anfangen, als uns selbst zu verwandeln, Molekül für Molekül, damit wir reine Liebe erfahren können?«

Elizabeth Gilbert, langjährige Schülerin von Sally Kempton

Die Erfahrungen, die ein Mensch im Laufe seines Lebens mit Meditation macht, sind in letzter Konsequenz eine Liebesgeschichte. Und wie alle Liebesgeschichten kennt auch diese ihre Höhen und Tiefen, Enttäuschungen wie ekstatische Durchbrüche. Wer dabei bleibt, wird Kostbares – mehr Freude im Alltag und Leben – erfahren.

Sally Kempton lehrt, dass Meditation nicht Askese bedeutet, sondern inneren Genuss – und Liebe. Denn Liebe bestimmt die Motivation und den Prozess der Meditation, ebenso wie sie ihr höchstes Ziel und ihre schönste Belohnung darstellt. Mithilfe vieler Übungsanleitungen aus Yoga und Tantra zeigt die Autorin, wie wir Schritt für Schritt die Panzer zum Schmelzen bringen, die wir zum Schutz unserer Gefühle angelegt haben, und uns mit den pulsierenden Energien verbinden, die sich in unserem Herzen verbergen. Sobald es uns gelingt, uns auf unsere innere Präsenz einzustimmen, gewinnen wir in ungeahnter Weise an Intuition, Spontaneität und Lebensfreude. Einfühlsam und mit der Autorität vierzigjähriger Meditationspraxis bietet uns Sally Kempton den Schlüssel zu dieser neuen, das Herz öffnenden Meditation. Mit einem 30-Tage-Übungsprogramm für den inneren »Durchbruch«.

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