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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Ponui Press (Dec 17 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980029708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980029703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 308 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #709,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have to say first that there were times reading this book where I was annoyed at the writer. He seemed to enjoy going off on long, frequent descriptions of living in Polynesia and being lazy. He is poetic in his writing, but I got frustrated sometimes that it felt like he was trying to fill pages wandering off in long descriptions.
This being said...this book, I feel, has changed my life. For the first half of it I was wondering what the heck all the amazing reviews were for- the author basically spends an entire book telling you how much better sex is when you're slow, lazy, present and relaxed. And this is true. But somewhere along the way, something clicked for me. I tried the method. I realized, that day, that in my relationship with my partner of five years, I have been the one limiting our sex life. I have treated sex as a task, something to hurry through so I could get back to studying or doing whatever I was doing before, without recognizing that in myself. I have tried to squeeze it into my day, not to enjoy it necessarily but simply to do it because it needed to be done. Not that I didn't enjoy it, of course, but I had come to the conclusion that sex was good, so why bother putting in any effort to make it better?
I have since bought several books on tantra and am currently looking at making it a lifestyle. Sex with my partner is so much more special than it was even a month ago before I read this book, and I feel forever indebted to the author for sharing these beautiful ideas of sex and love with the masses. The ideas are not new, nor are they entirely unique, but they are CERTAINLY not encouraged or taught in Western culture, so I am immensely grateful for the exposure. I highly recommend reading the book, exploring the method (simple as it may be, it can be a challenge to re-train yourself from what you've learned sex is!) and reading more if you feel so inclined!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d535120) out of 5 stars The Healing Power of Slow Love March 25 2009
By Korinthe Langur - Published on
Format: Paperback
I give Slow Love five stars for its ability to encourage healing in the areas of love and sexuality. Several years ago I put "thaw this frozen heart" on my to-do list next to items like "finish taxes" and "get a salad spinner." I was never able to remove the most important item from my list because I just didn't know how to go about defrosting my solid core, which usually felt sad whenever I even contemplated the idea of romance. But fortunately I was able to listen my heart, which ultimately led me to read this book, perhaps because it resonates with the intelligence of both the mind and the heart.

Powell writes largely from a meditative state of consciousness, in a friendly but professional manner. That's part of the reason that even someone like me (I've been living a monk-like existence for several years now, avoiding the insanity and hyperactivity of modern sexual relationships) can benefit from this book. One of the many nice experiences that I had from reflecting on this book was actually laughing about a memory that, until recently, felt like a wound. My perception of myself shifted from that of a victim to that of someone who simply lacked awareness.

Slow Love should be required reading for anyone who has suffered from the influence of Western ideas regarding sexuality. Most Westerners know, consciously or unconsciously, that there's something very wrong or missing from conventional sexual interactions. Until one finds this book, that awareness may happen only briefly during a poignant moment during a film, upon hearing the words of a song, or while recalling the memory of once being loved in the right way. I like the way that Powell takes this awareness and expands it until it creates a paradigm shift internally.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d26e150) out of 5 stars What a difference Dec 24 2008
By Blooper - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is cool because I learned the value of simplicity and of the heart. One of the author's basic points is that your sex life is simply an expression of your emotional and spiritual life. Therefore, if you want to improve your sex life, you must start with your own capacity to love.

Whereas Western culture it is basically left up to kids to discover what sex is all about, in some traditional Polynesian cultures that no longer exist, sex was considered sacred, and sexual wisdom was passed down from generation to generation--until the coming of the missionaries.

These societies practiced ways of loving that deepened the feelings of peace and union between lovers to such an extent that in comparison, much of the loving in the contemporary world seems rushed and shallow.

Reading this book is a way of examining your assumptions about sex and showing you how misleading those assumptions can be. Truly, an unexamined sex life is really not worth living, which is why this book is so worth reading and embodying.

Recommended for couples wishing to deepen their relationship.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d16684) out of 5 stars Slow Love a great read Feb. 10 2010
By Tina - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's about the sensuality/sexuality of Polynesian cultures and how we can bring this into our own lives. James's writing is poetic and evokes vivid images of the islands and its peoples. He gives exercises to try that make it easy.

My favorite line: "Simply by sensing your natural breathing you can become your own tropical island. For the waves of your breath gently kiss an inner shore--an inner paradise that is utterly silent and tranquil." I could totally see and feel this.

I highly recommend it!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d3661b0) out of 5 stars Between Stimulation and Stillness March 14 2009
By Vera Kong - Published on
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In the Preface to Slow Love: A Polynesian Pillow Book, the author invites us to begin to explore the movement of desire within ourselves and discover its relationship to our capacity for desirelessness. Such a way of loving is one of integrating our spiritual and animal natures. The South Sea islanders were able to do this because of their intimacy with the sense of touch from infancy, which comes naturally to children raised in societies where they are in constant contact with their mothers' skin. Many studies have shown that these infants develop differently. The South Sea approach to sex mirrors and builds upon this capacity to blend peace and passion. There are so many sex manuals about stimulation, but this one is unique in inviting us to integrate it with inner stillness.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d366210) out of 5 stars Learn To Really Connect with Your Partner Jan. 11 2009
By Renee Michaels - Published on
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James Powell takes you through the magical world of Polynesian lovemaking where you will learn how to truly reconnect with your partner spiritually and physically. "Slow Love" redefines lovemaking and takes the pressure off performance and outcome. You learn about historical Polynesian relationships, marriage and family life. Then James takes various aspects and shows you how to easily incorporate them into a Western lifestyle, from breathing exercises to sensual positions.

If your lovemaking has taken a backseat in your relationship, you'll find no better guide to helping you achieve the intimacy and enjoyment you want to have with your sweetheart or spouse. Your hearts will be reunited! Highly recommended for committed couples who want to transform their relationship for life.

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