The Spirituality of Imperfection


“There is no ‘one best’ yogi. Each and every yogi offers something uniquely attractive, but no one yogi has it all.” Paraphrased from The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham

I truly LOVE this book. It has so many wise insights. The principles of Alcoholics Anonymous as described here, are essential for living a mindful life and they stick with us because they are presented with stories. These stories can help all of us who are tempted to strive for perfection. “Trying to be perfect is the most tragic human mistake… Without imperfection’s ‘gap between intentions and results,’ there would be no story… Our stories convey the mystery and the miracle of being alive…We will grow in our different directions, with our different strengths, but our roots remain in the same soil as everyone else’s – the earthy humus of our own imperfection…Community is created when people seek the same spiritual reality…In such company, one is likely to find friends who are also guides: wise women and men who listen well, who offer advice and support, who help us to clarify our questions, to recognize our options and to make our choices.”