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Sex, Drugs and Meditation [Kindle Edition]

Mary-Lou Stephens
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"I feel like throwing up. Sweat and tears mingle on my cheek. 'This will pass,' I try to convince myself. 'This will pass.' I have been at the meditation centre for six days. I have four days left to go. I could get up and walk out the door right now. No one would stop me. But then nothing would change. And everything has to change."

Mary-Lou Stephens was lucky to make it into her forties. Therapy and AA helped her recover from her upbringing in an evangelical household; her habit of shoplifting through drama school; her addictions to food, drugs and alcohol; a string of failed love affairs and the break up of several bands. She has landed a dream job as a radio personality. Life is looking good. Except that Mary-Lou has a new boss, a psychopath in a suit.

Determined to avoid MORE therapy and desperate to cope with an increasingly toxic work environment, Mary-Lou signs up for a ten-day meditation retreat that requires total silence, endless hours of sitting cross-legged, and a food-as-fuel kind of diet. For a woman who talks for a living, is rarely still and cooks for comfort, this was never going to be an easy task.

Darkly funny and beautifully told, Sex, Drugs and Meditation is a tale for those of us who confuse being busy with being happy; the story of a woman who dared herself to stop talking and start living – and loving.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 590 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (31 March 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AW57L8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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People often say they couldn't put a certain book down but this was literally the case when I read Sex, Drugs and Meditation. It is totally irresistible. If you are looking to read a fascinating life story, look no further. If you are like me curious about what goes through a mind when it has chosen to undertake a 10 day silent meditation retreat, this has just what you want to know. If you like candid humour and frank observations of the human condition you'll love it too. Oh and a tried and tested recipe for self saucing chocolate pudding will be your added bonus!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book and ended up feeling as though the ... 24 September 2014
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I loved this book and ended up feeling as though the author was a close friend. The descriptions of her time at the meditation centre were beautiful and painful and honest. Her story was wildly colourful (compared with my own life!) and I was hoping all the way through that this clever, bright, funny lady would eventually find peace. A fab read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best memoirs I’ve read in a long time 25 September 2014
By Vee
Format:Kindle Edition
A definite Book Club recommendation!!! One of the best memoirs I’ve read in a long time. It’s raw, honest and very witty. I loved reading about the inner-workings of her mind during meditation. Well written & looking forward to her next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and funny memoir 21 May 2014
By karen law - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has been on my 'must read' list for some time, and I'm so glad I finally got round to starting it. Once started, I couldn't put it down. Mary-Lou tells her story with such honesty, clarity and humour that it is a joy to read. It was confronting at times (when I recognised my own demons lurking in those pages) but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring because if Mary-Lou can overcome such hurdles with all her beautiful imperfection, then so can we all. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever hit a rough patch in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex Drugs and Meditation 2 May 2013
By P Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It's a story of redemption but there is nothing sentimental about Mary-Lou Stephen's memoir Sex Drugs and Meditation. Using the ten days of a Vipassana meditation retreat, one of the more serious forms of Buddhist practice, as a framework, her story traces her tough journey from a shadowed childhood through a wild young adulthood to the decade of her forties where she finally manages to wrestle her professional and personal demons to the ground.
But it's not the handsome prince who saves her; Mary-Lou does that work herself although in the end I am quite satisfied, the prince arrives and we are left assured that inner peace, love and happiness are possible. Mind you one of my many sisters who's read the book was worried the prince wore sandals!
I loved the story, so much so that I bought multiple copies to send to my sisters two of them who are also Vipassana disciples. They both loved it - and recognising pieces of themselves in it laughed a lot. One of my sisters was sorry that the Vipassana wasn't 30 days long so she could keep reading!
Now that's one of Mary-Lou's great gifts, she can touch on the big imponderables of life - about how we become the people we become- through disappointments and failures but make it so light that we laugh not at her but with her through it all.
There's an assortment of characters in the book, a fair cross selection from the horrid to the merciful but Mary-Lou shines through as the one we want to know more about. I'm waiting for the sequel Mary-Lou so on with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed me 1 May 2013
By L Cusack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I'd love to leave my review at the subject line, but I want to say more. The author's honesty about her life humbled me,and her struggle to find peace in an unbearable situation helped me feel better about myself. I'm not quite sure why. But it did. I felt uplifted, appalled, and teary at times.

Sex, Drugs and Meditation is great raw read that speaks to the inner child in all of us who got dealt a crappy hand. It's a map to lead you away from pain and into peace. And it's funny! So funny it made me laugh out loud at times. Reading it made me want to be a better person, to find even more peace, and to forgive the past.

Highly recommended. I'll be reading this again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written 9 October 2014
By toni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. It's beautifully written, funny, revealing, vulnerable and I couldn't put it down (rare for me). When I heard it was about 10 days spent at a meditation retreat I have to say I didn't have high hopes for it and expected to be bored. I was anything but! While it didn't make me want to attend a silent retreat it amused and delighted me. I have re read it twice - which is, again, rare for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 24 September 2014
By Jodie Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I laughed and cried throughout Mary-Lou's rollercoaster story of seeking fulfilment in all the wrong places. Makes me wonder what a 10 day silent meditation might reveal to me - and whether I'm brave enough to confront my darker self as she did. Helpful life lessons, sublime revelations, hilarious confessions, all wrapped up with a non-judgemental bow. Looking forward to a sequel.
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