Love for Imperfect Things: How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection (Hardback)Haemin Sunim (author)
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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 inwards and ignoring problems, sometimes resulting in anxiety or depression. Others react by working harder at work, at school or at home, hoping that 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 bestseller The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim turns his trademark wisdom and kindness to self-care, arguing that only by accepting yourself - and the flaws which make you who you are - can you have compassionate and fulfilling relationships with your partner, family and friends.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 496 g
Dimensions: 186 x 136 x 29 mm
'A wonderful book.' - Mark Williams, co-author of Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World
'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, author of Quiet
'Beautifully wise insights into how we're all perfectly imperfect. A masterclass in letting go. As soothing to my whirring 'must do better!' mind as slipping into a hot bath when I'm cold.' - Catherine Gray, author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober
'Heartwarming, calming and simple... filled with wisdom and powerful truths that will teach us to love ourselves first in order to transform our relationships with our loved ones' - Hector Garcia, author of IKIGAI: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
'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 bestselling authors of Getting Back to Happy
'Haemin writes beautifully and simply so these vital life lessons resonate easily and deeply.' - Miranda Hart
'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