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Publisher's Summary

"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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Keep an open mind

Admittedly, not the book for everyone but if you keep an open mind and give this a chance, you’ll be happier and at peace with yourself.

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Take your time with this read

Insanely mindful read, take your time with this one and just take it in.

Overall life changing.

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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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Outstanding!

This book is a Great one to listen too! An I would recommend to all!! Everyone can learn things and it does really help! Definitely worth it!

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This book felt like the company of a really good friend showering with kindness and wisdom

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Fantastic Book

The book is filled with wisdom and practical advice. I highly recommend it. Haemin speaks with kindness and offers practical advice.

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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