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Sally Kempton
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Sally Durgananda Kempton is a powerful teacher of applied spiritual wisdom, who leads online teleconference communities focused on taking spirtual principles into daily life. Her telecourses, writings, and retreats combine meditative practice with transformational change processes, and are described by participants as life-changing in the deepest sense. Sally is known for her capacity to kindle meditative states in others, and to help students work with meditative experience as a framework for practical life-change.
Sally's own journey began when, as a New York journalist and leader in the second wave feminist movement, she experienced a spiritual awakening that led her to become a disciple of enlightened master, Swami Muktananda, and eventually a teacher and swami (monk) in that lineage. In 2002, she felt called to leave her tradition to teach and practice in a post-traditional context. Her work spans tantric philosophy, contemporary psychology, inner body somatics, and non-dual meditation practice.  She writes the popular "Wisdom" column for Yoga Journal, and is the author of "Meditation for the Love of It," which will be released by Sounds True in early January, 2011. Her website is www.sallykempton.com.

Works by Sally Kempton
After we've been through a few transformative cycles, we begin to be able to navigate,......
Me and My Shadow
Sally Kempton | April 02, 2012
Shine a light on your unconscious mind, and you'll see the root cause of the negative......
A Beautiful Mind (And How to Tame It!)
Sally Kempton | February 08, 2011
Working with the mind is not so much about trying to make it quiet, as it is about......
Joy Story
Sally Kempton | April 25, 2011
Ananda is divine power in the form of happiness. When you touch it, you know it, and you......
Goddess Power
Sally Kempton | November 30, 2011
Deity yoga can be a surprising window into sources of empowerment, creativity, and......
Finding the Vulnerable Heart, Part One
Sally Kempton | August 02, 2011
To find your way to true openness of heart, you need to pass through the forest of......
What Do You Do with Difficult People?
Sally Kempton | March 28, 2011
This is how the difficult people in your life can become your teachers -- by inspiring......
Prayer for Postmoderns, Part Two
Sally Kempton | June 20, 2011
Prayer, if you remember to do it, will kindle your sense of the sacred, the sense of......
The Protective Power of the Sacred Feminine
Sally Kempton | June 16, 2013
The more you invite Durga's energy into your life, the more you'll feel her opening you......
Wide Receiver
Sally Kempton | January 10, 2012
By improving your ability to fully receive, you will come to notice how many gifts are......
That uncertainty -- the feeling that you're in between an old self and an unknown new......
Showing Up: The Radical Journey of Commitment
Sally Kempton | April 17, 2012
The commitments you make define you. They make you who you are. Which means that they're......
Living from the Center
Sally Kempton | February 15, 2011
Your sitting practice of becoming aware of Awareness, or being the witness of your......
What Is My Dharma?
Sally Kempton | May 23, 2011
That awareness that knows and contains both authenticity and falsehood, that awareness......
Just Let Go
Sally Kempton | May 16, 2011
Our detachment can become an awareness that what we are is so large that it can hold all......
Lonely?
Sally Kempton | May 09, 2011
When the universe forces you to be alone, take it as an opportunity to engage (sad,......
I could see that the real issue was the inner patterning I carried, and its need to be......
Finding the Vulnerable Heart, Part Two
Sally Kempton | August 15, 2011
This must be what bodhisattvas feel. Even in the deepest sorrow, there is the deepest......
Fierce Grace: Discovering the Boons of Kali
Sally Kempton | September 12, 2011
How yoga can help us take a walk on our wild side. ...
Is It True? Is It Really True?
Sally Kempton | March 08, 2011
Our truth, our real truth, is revealed in any moment that we are willing to stand......
Meditation for the Love of It: An Excerpt
Sally Kempton | March 16, 2011
Read Chapter One from Sally Kempton's "Meditation for the Love of It," along with the......
Yoga's description of the five sheaths of the soul can help you recognize how very......
Practicing Enlightenment
Sally Kempton | February 01, 2012
Practicing enlightenment, thinking "as if" you were an enlightened sage, is one of the......
How Can You Hear Inner Guidance?
Sally Kempton | May 08, 2012
A good way to measure your spiritual maturity is by the way you relate to the guidance......
How Yoga Can Help You Make a Change
Sally Kempton | November 09, 2011
Use these seven yogic steps to make radical, positive changes in your life....
Blessing Heart
Sally Kempton | March 01, 2011
One person's blessing can completely change the atmosphere....
Just Be and It Is
Sally Kempton | January 25, 2011
So what is the goal of meditation?...
Meditation is one of the most all-purpose life-skills in existence, a practice that can......
Awareness and Transformation
Sally Kempton | February 22, 2011
Meditation will show you where you need to work on yourself, but your very awareness of......
The Word Within the Word
Sally Kempton | February 01, 2011
If you stay with the mantra, the energy embedded in it will draw you deeper into......
Bust a Groove!
Sally Kempton | April 11, 2011
One day, you look at yourself and discover that you're living from an entirely different......
Too Busy?
Sally Kempton | April 04, 2011
Internal busyness may be a stress-addicted way of life, or it may become the opportunity......
Spiritual IQ: Is There Such a Thing?
Sally Kempton | August 31, 2011
Exactly what is spiritual intelligence?...
Grace comes, and then pushes us past the point of comfort....
Discernment is our natural instinct to recognize the path that leads to real freedom and......
Finding Your Courage
Sally Kempton | May 02, 2011
Superhuman strength can come from being in touch with the center and the source beyond......
Connecting to Yourself, or How Do You Jumpstart...
Sally Kempton | October 18, 2011
Emotional Brain Training can help uncover a true expression of your connected brain,......
Out with the Old
Sally Kempton | January 02, 2013
The miracle of recapitulation is that it creates a natural current of self-awareness......
Sweet Solitude
Sally Kempton | July 18, 2012
Time spent alone doesn't have to be lonely. Embrace it as a chance to connect with......
Living Awakening: Behind the Veil
Sally Kempton | July 30, 2014
Seeing through the veil is useless unless we live up to the largeness of our most......
Gift Rapt
Sally Kempton | May 30, 2011
Practicing generosity not only makes you feel good, but connects you with the essence of......
The Open-Eyed Meditation of Delight
Sally Kempton | July 18, 2011
Open to what tantra calls the divine self, the joyful creative Intelligence that not......
Imagine That!
Sally Kempton | July 05, 2011
Using your imagination can be a transformative act of power....
The Freedom of Forgiveness
Sally Kempton | March 22, 2011
Forgiveness powerfully releases the injured from the burden of revenge and anger....
Prayer for Postmoderns, Part One
Sally Kempton | June 13, 2011
So why would a postmodern yogi pray? For at least three reasons: One, because prayer......
Judgment Calls, Part 1: Using Discomfort
Sally Kempton | June 26, 2012
When we acknowledge feelings of discomfort without trying to escape them, we......
How to Survive a Family Holiday
Sally Kempton | December 21, 2011
Your relatives have the power to push your buttons like no one else. But they can also......
Defanging the Ego
Sally Kempton | March 15, 2011
Though the illusion of the ego is strong, its grasp can be loosened by focusing on the......
Who Do You Think You Are?
Sally Kempton | June 06, 2011
Avidya is a deep habit of consciousness, but it's a habit that we can shift -- with......