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Love for Imperfect Things

How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection
Narrated by: Raymond Lee
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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"The world could surely use a little more love, a little more compassion, and a little more wisdom. In Love for Imperfect Things, Haemin Sunim shows us how to cultivate all three, and to find beauty in the most imperfect of things - including your very own self." (Susan Cain, New York Times best-selling author of Quiet)

A number-one internationally best-selling work of spiritual wisdom about learning to love ourselves, with all our imperfections, by the Buddhist author of The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down.

Hearing the words "be good to yourself first, then to others" was like being struck by lightning.

Many of us respond to the pressures of life by turning inward and ignoring problems, sometimes resulting in anxiety or depression. Others react by working harder at the office, at school, or at home, hoping this will make ourselves and the people we love happier. But what if being yourself is enough? Just as we are advised on airplanes to take our own oxygen first before helping others, we must first be at peace with ourselves before we can be at peace with the world around us.

In this beautiful follow-up to his international best-seller The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, Zen Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim turns his trademark wisdom to the art of self-care, arguing that only by accepting yourself - and the flaws that make you who you are - can you have compassionate and fulfilling relationships with your partner, your family, and your friends. This audio edition of Love for Imperfect Things will appeal to both your mind and your heart and help you learn to love yourself, your life, and everyone in it.

When you care for yourself first, the world begins to find you worthy of care.

©2018 Haemin Sunim (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“The struggle for self-compassion can be difficult for even the most enlightened among us.... As Haemin Sunim explains throughout his book, self-compassion does not mean being selfish. It’s only when we take care of ourselves, he explains, that we can care for others.” (The New York Times)

“A real treasure. It teaches us that compassion is at the heart of healing... starting with ourselves. I highly recommend this book.” (Christiane Northrup, MD, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“A treasure! I don’t have to be perfect? What incredible news. This book hit me like a ton of bricks and made many anxieties melt away.” (Neil Pasricha, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation

“You can be the most amazing human being in the world and everyone sees rays of light, love, and genius when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that external admiration doesn’t matter one bit. Haemin Sunim teaches you ways to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you. It makes a world of difference.” (Marc and Angel Chernoff, New York Times best-selling authors of Getting Back to Happy

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Love Haemin Sunims Work

amazing book. worth the read. can't wait for more books by him! i was so excited to see this came out recently! his work is truly amazing and I can listen to his books over and over

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Excellent book

I would recommend this book to anybody interested in spiritual growth. I have read it several time practicing the advisements and it has produced amazing results

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thank you

good stuff inside this book. i reakly liked it. probably eead again in the future