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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Viva Editions (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936740184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936740185
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Even if we wanted to, most of us will never retreat to a Tibetan monastery or Indian ashram to cultivate a spiritual practice. The majority of us live ordinary lives, largely preoccupied with routine matters. The humorous and candid narrative in this book delivers lighthearted yet significant direction for integrating traditional spiritual techniques with the imperfections that characterize daily life. Campbell calls this “choosing a path of imperfection, [which] connects you more deeply with yourself and fills those chaotic, confusing, and stressful moments with possibility and meaning.” Compelling anecdotes from ordinary spiritual seekers and informative research help to illuminate this path of imperfect spirituality, which begins when we stop trying to hide our flaws and instead “pay attention to what’s going on: to what’s working and what’s not.” Practical tips for turning ordinary moments into opportunities for spiritual growth, many of which can be squeezed in while brushing your teeth or waiting for the bus, punctuate this clear and affable spiritual guide for the rest of us."
Publishers Weekly

"The practice of Imperfect Spirituality isn't about following the rules or doing what other say you should. It is about being yourself and open enough to rediscover your authentic self."
My Journey with Candida

"Polly Campbell graciously and humorously shows us how to rid ourselves of our perfectionistic tendencies in her adorable little book, Imperfect Spirituality. Here, Ms. Campbell teaches us how to work through our perfectionism by providing us with uplifting instructions on topics such as how to cut through negative thinking, being creative even though we are feeling uncertainty, and my personal favorite, learning how to be compassionate towards yourself."
Facing North

"Popular blogger and workshopper Polly Campbell, a favorite journalist for Daily Om and Psychology Today, emerges here as a fresh and important new voice in spirituality who offers a path to wisdom we can all take every day."
New Thought

"Are you tired of trying to be perfect? Are you tired of beating yourself up because you don’t reach some standard of behavior you think you should? Perhaps you’re ready for the path of imperfect spirituality. Written with humor as well as solid mind-body scientific data, this book teaches how to embrace who you are, as you are, right here and now."
New Spirit Journal

"Imperfect Spirituality is filled with practical tips and dozens of examples that will encourage readers to boost their optimism, live free of worry, and embrace their authentic selves."
Portland Book Review

"Her message is that we can develop our spirituality while waiting in line at the grocery store or taking a shower. Realistic, inspired, the answers lie within these pages."
Retailing Insight

Imperfect Spirituality shows readers how to integrate those every-day moments with traditional spiritual techniques to experience personal growth and greater well-being all in the course of your regular routine. Any activity can be transformed into a spiritual practice. Don’t have a half-hour to meditate? Can't drop everything à la Elizabeth Gilbert and trek to Italy or India? Do a mini-meditation while stopped at a red light. Working to be mindful and present? Start by brushing your teeth.
— Reading Room Book Reviews

"Campbell describes learning more about spirituality, applying it, and accommodating it for her lifestyle, all the while dodging raisins flying out of her kid’s nose, doing sing-song rhymes, and dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The traditional spirituality discussed may not be groundbreaking for the more experienced, but Campbell’s unique perspective makes “Imperfect Spirituality” perfect for beginning seekers and seasoned travelers."
The Magical Buffet

"We can learn a lesson or two from those who are able to take failure or imperfection as creating an opportunity to do a new thing or head off in a new direction. A bad situation can be a spiritual teacher for us. Throughout Imperfect Spirituality, [Polly] Campbell shares spiritual practices which enable us to express our emotions, put our courage to the test, connect with self-compassion, build optimism, relate to the imperfection of others, and live a values-driven life."
--Spirituality & Practice

"You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to find spiritual peace. Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People is a spiritual guide for the not so spiritual. Polly Campbell presents how to approach the ideas of enlightenment in an everyday context, and find one's purpose and live up to one's goals in the process. "Imperfect Spirituality" is a must for those who want to have that peace they seek but can't even get the brief moment of meditation right, highly recommended."
–Midwest Book Review
"Imperfect Spirituality presumes you know your relationship to the Divine and shines light on your relationship with Yourself. Polly hooked me at “don’t put any more raisins up your nose.” While Campbell references a buffet of respected sources, the path is her own. It’s funny, functional guidance in the accessible voice of a good friend. Read from start to finish, or opened any where for a dip, her words reach out...and touch your heart."
–Mary Anne Radmacher, author of Live Boldly

"Grounded in Campbell's life as a wife and mother, Imperfect Spirituality left me smiling and nodding my head. This book will help any reader embrace imperfection, love more completely, and live with compassion, creativity and courage."
--Kate Hopper, Author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers

"Polly Campbell's Imperfect Spirituality is a welcome addition to the field of self-help and spiritual living--because her book is, above all, practical. No lofty, from-the-mountaintop sermonizing here; this is a woman who found an opportunity for spiritual practice while dealing with a raisin up her child's nose! As Polly reminds us, our ability to connect with the Divine is always possible, and in everyday occurrences--and her book is full of helpful stories, reflections and exercises for doing exactly that. There may be no such thing as perfection, in spirituality or anything else, but Polly Campbell has given us a truly wonderful resource for living our lives with more connection, compassion and calm."
–Maggie Oman Shannon, author of Crafting Calm and Prayers for Healing

"Imperfect Spirituality doesn’t shy away from the messiness of life, but embraces it by giving mothers (and others) a much-needed dose of reassuring comfort, courage, self-kindness, and self-compassion. Campbell’s touching and humorous stories from the edge of real life are filled with the kind of wisdom that can only come from a mother’s heart. No matter how hard you may have been on yourself yesterday, this book will help you find an easier, gentler, more forgiving, and better way to live today.”
—Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, author, The Joy Compass and One-Minute Mindfulness

"Imagine sitting over coffee with your best friend finally getting the whole perfectionist/inner critic demon tamed while laughing so hard you snort. Polly with Imperfect Spirituality will gently disarm those old voices and welcome you into a new world of ease and time-friendly practices you can use right now. Polly writes the kind of book you'll be carrying around to read out loud to those you care about. I highly recommend you dive into it right now."
— Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., Co-author of the bestselling Conscious Loving

"Congrats to Polly Campbell for keeping it real! Her honest, frank, and often hilarious view of the challenges we create when we try to run from who we are is very empowering. You're sure to laugh along the way as author Polly Campbell shares her own insights, stresses, and stories en route to a more authentic life."
—Dr. Judith Wright, lifestyles expert and best-selling author of The Soft Addiction Solution and The One Decision

"Imperfect Spirituality is a beautiful, inspiring journey to self-acceptance through the lens of spirituality. Campbell quiets the mind and feeds the soul so you can powerfully embrace who and how you are and liberate yourself from standards that actually limit rather than inspire you. When Campbell guides us in embracing our imperfection what she is most telling us is to relish our extraordinary uniqueness. This luminous work will leave you resolved and new."
—Rosie Molinary, author of Beautiful You : A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance

"Is there a more perfect word for spirituality than imperfect? I think not. Perfection is hoisted as the great and mighty goal, but none of us (aside from a few mystics and saints) are there yet. But thanks to Polly Campbell and this delicious treatise on the totally perfect state of imperfection, we can be at peace with where we are—in our lives, in our messes, in our moments. And guess what? That’s where perfection lies. Bless you, Polly, for showing us the crooked road."
— Janet Conner, author of Writing Down Your Soul, My Soul Pages, The Lotus and The Lily

"In Imperfect Spirituality Polly Campbell reminds us that the path to enlightenment begins exactly where you are right now. Every moment of our lives is a sacred opportunity to be present and deepen an expand our capacity to give and receive love. Open this book to any page and allow the stories and practical tips to illuminate your path to enlightenment."
Susyn Reeve, author The Inspired Life

"Powerful and well-written."
–The Daily OM

"The world needs good work from good people on topics that really matter."
—Judith Wright, author of The Soft Addiction Solution

"Polly Campbell is doing great work."
—Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain

"Polly Campbell is the private chef of journalism. Everything she creates is good for you — filled with healthy, practical information that Polly serves in her own masterful, entertaining style — so you not only enjoy every moment reading Polly's work, you feel better for having done so."
—Kirsten Longnecker, Gaiam

About the Author

Polly Campbell is a writer and speaker specializing in personal development and spirituality topics. Her work appears regularly in national publications, and she is a blogger with Psychology Today, teacher for Daily Om, and at Imperfect Spirituality. For more than two decades, Polly has studied and applied the techniques she writes and speaks about to her own life. Polly and her family live in Beaverton, OR.

More About the Author

Buddha probably never pulled a raisin out of a toddler's nose on his path toward enlightenment, but stuck raisins and other real-life moments have provided writer Polly Campbell plenty of opportunities for spiritual growth and self-improvement.

Campbell is the author of Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People (Viva Editions) and How to Reach Enlightenment (Hodder). Her articles on personal development and spirituality topics appear regularly in national publications. She is a blogger with the Huffington Post, Psychology Today and the Creativity Post. Campbell is also a sought after speaker.

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It is very easy to understand as well as being entertaining.
TRACY M VEGA
Polly gives simple steps that I have been able to incorporate in my day that have helped me become more present and relaxed in my life.
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It was a pleasure to pick up this book at the end of my day and read a few chapters each night.
Lori W

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bakersac on October 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Oh my Gosh I loved this book. As a loving wife, goofy mom, dedicated business owner and obsessed runner, I needed help easing up on myself, appreciating my life a little bit more. I had no idea how to do that. Until I picked up this book. Imperfect Spirituality has given me the "aha" moment I have been searching for. Polly gives simple steps that I have been able to incorporate in my day that have helped me become more present and relaxed in my life. Polly is so relatable. I feel like we could go out to coffee and talk for hours. Her examples and stories in the book are teachable yet so entertaining. I never thought I would describe a "self Help" book as a page turner, but it is! I could read it over and over. I no longer feel spiritually impaired. I get it. It's not about being perfect, it is about being present. Phew. Thank you for Polly for that.
Sherri Sacconaghi,AADP, NASM-CPT Certified Holistic Health Coach
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie on November 15, 2012
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A page turner, it is! Life can be hectic and we know we can easily fall into the daily grind. Polly reminds us that we are missing so much when we are in this state. She uses humor and examples, to help you immediately apply what you have read to your life. Opened my eyes to be more tolerrant of myself and others, see value in imperfection and grow. I am so thankful that I opened to page be, once I did I knew I couldn't put it down!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J Helmer on November 19, 2012
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In the pages of Imperfect Spirituality, Polly Campbell taught me that all of the little things I berated myself for -- feeling impatient when the senior citizen in line at the supermarket pulls out her coin purse to count out exact change, showing up late to dinner with a friend because of a traffic jam, getting angry with my partner when he forgets to do the dishes -- are all opportunities to practice kindness and acceptance. The "In the Moment Practice" exercises scattered throughout the book are practical and impactful. But it's the humorous personal anecdotes and real life "been there, done that" stories that make the book so relatable. The best part: Polly practices what she preaches, showing readers how her experiences have helped her become more mindful, compassionate and grounded. It's a must read!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keys and Candles on March 8, 2013
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If you ever find life overwhelming, you need this book!

When I first picked up this book, I will admit I doubted about whether or not I would be able to relate to the advice and voice the author (because of our gap in life stages). I soon found this book could just as easily been aimed at unmarried women in their mid-20s like myself (and I would would recommend it over a lot of self-improvement books written for that age group) as it was to wives and mothers-- that is it encompasses advice for the universal problem of dealing with our own demands of perfection.

If I could describe this book in one word it would be comforting. While a lot of self-improvement books makes me feel excited about the person I could become, Campbell also makes me feel great about the person I already am.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori W on October 31, 2012
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This is a must-read for just about anyone. It is filled with humor, acceptance, stories, practical tips, and messages about finding your own peace. Your own acceptance. Your own version of faith. It was a pleasure to pick up this book at the end of my day and read a few chapters each night. Polly offers her own life, and examples from others, to make what she's talking about more relatable. Each night of reading this book gave me insights to think about and bring into my own life the very next day. I highly recommend this book.
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By chevy on March 9, 2013
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it explains or helps you deal with every day life experiences,from being mad at your husband to doing house work all by yourself, highly recommended
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By TRACY M VEGA on February 19, 2013
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This book is full of helpful ways to find your center. It is very easy to understand as well as being entertaining. It truly helps you to see that a better/happier you, really is better for everyone.
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By Regina M on February 9, 2013
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I purchased this book as part of a New Year's resolution to find time for myself and get more connected with life. I couldn't have chosen a more perfect book! The book offers easy-to-follow steps and real life examples to make those desired life changes. If you want to take more control of your life, overcome negative thinking and learn to give yourself a break, then this book is for you. I not only found this book extremely helpful, it is also thoroughly entertaining!
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