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A beautiful guide for learning to love ourselves, from the author of the internationally bestselling The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
No one is perfect. But that doesn't stop us from imagining ourselves smarter, funnier, richer, or thinner, and how much happier we would then be.
Love for Imperfect Things, by the bestselling Korean monk, Haemin Sunim, shows how the path to happiness and peace of mind includes not only strong relationships with others, but also letting go of worries about ourselves. Packed with his typical spiritual wisdom, Sunim teaches us to embrace our flaws rather than trying to overcome them, and demonstrates that love has very little to do with perfection.
With chapters on self-compassion, relationships, empathy, courage, family, healing, our true nature, and acceptance, as well as beautiful full-colour illustrations, Love for Imperfect Things is a much-needed guide for learning to love ourselves - imperfections and all.
'Universal truths, beautifully expressed, lovingly illustrated . . . this is a book to keep close at hand' - Mark Williams, co-author of 'Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World', on 'The Things You Can See'
'A remarkable gift, a compendium of practical wisdom. It is accessible brilliance' - Allan Lokos, founder and guiding teacher, Community Meditation Center, NYC, on 'The Things You Can See'
Zen Buddhist teacher Sunim (The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down) looks tantalizingly at essential yet everyday aspects of the human experience in this lively book of reflections. Divided into broad chapters filled with anecdotes spanning the globe, the book is a multicultural offering for all readers, though the quality varies. Some chapters are relatable and valuable, such as "Family," in which Sunim urges adult children to care for their elderly parents, and "Empathy," in which he reminds readers of the power of hugs and listening as an act of love. Other sections are more questionable, such as the author's view that depression is a natural part of life's ups and downs and is easily fixable. In addition to stories from Sunim's own life, the book contains thought-provoking aphorisms, poems, and simple messages: "Do not think of yourself as a crescent moon/waiting for someone else to fill in the missing part of you...." Others are simplistic and of questionable value: "If you take home a cat and care for it,/ it won't be long before it becomes/ the cutest cat in the world." This is a breezy book with generally helpful reminders, wise advice, and pithy sayings to soothe the challenges of hectic life.