About

I’m not always the most spiritual person.  For instance, I didn’t feel peaceful when my daughter swallowed a penny. I’m not all that loving when my husband forgets to fill the car’s tank and I don’t even WANT be mindful when I’m sitting in the dentist’s chair.

But I do believe that we can live happier, healthier, more peaceful lives by choosing our thoughts and taking inspired action.  I spend much of my time reading and studying  how to do this.  I live this stuff — when I’m not wiping up sticky counters, and sometimes, even while I am. I practice the traditional techniques as well as the newest self-improvement strategies.  I write about this stuff  for magazines and Web sites.  And my book, Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People will be released in the Fall of 2012 (Yippee!!).

In this blog, I offer some of my thoughts about the traditional philosophies,  as well as, the newest self-help strategies.  I’ll describe the research, explain some of the traditions, and drop in some practical ways to integrate these ideas into your own life.  And I’ll share my own sincere, yet imperfect, attempts to live a more spiritual life.  Hopefully, you’ll share yours too.

We are already spiritual beings.  With practice we can live more spiritual lives and inspire those around us.  That’s what we’re talking about here.  And I think it’s worth working on.

15 responses to “About”

  1. Bob

    Hi Polly —

    I caught the tailend of your interview on the Coast to Coast broadcast – and found your thoughts about synchronicity to be very interesting – and I came to your website to try and learn more – and possibly order your book. I’ve spent a little time poking around – and I was wondering if you may could tell me – in all the talk of “spirituality” I don’t any mention of God – and I am wondering where He may fit into your thesis as I evaluate purchasing your material.

    Much thanks-
    Bob

    1. Polly Campbell

      Bob, thanks for poking around here and for posing the question. I do believe in a God. A higher energy that works through the fabric of my life. I’m not sure what this God looks like, nor do I attend church — though I have over the years — but I certainly feel and experience that energy working in my life. For me, my active spiritual practice is about connecting to this higher energy through love, mediation, compassion, prayer, awareness and a myriad other ways that help me get quiet, and closer to my essence and find that divine connection that I believe we all hold within. I do refer to this divine power in various pieces that I write and there are passages on faith and reference to prayer and other practices in both books. But, I also believe that God is different things to different people and I do not work from one single definition of what that God is. Most of my work centers around the things we can do to move closer to our God or access that higher energy or consciousness. Thank your for the question. I appreciate you coming by.
      Be well, Polly

    2. Bob

      Thanks so much for the quick reply. It seems like synchronicity that I just happened to catch the last couple minutes of your interview. The topic has been something which has played a critical role in my spirituality for several years now – and I too have thought about what it “means” — so much to the point – that several years ago, it was constantly on my mind – that God revealed its meaning to me through an unlikely source – a major Hollywood filmmaker – who is also a believer and had the same thoughts – and he developed a theory – which I have adopted. I have often shared this with people – and all believers immediately latch onto the concept and “buy in.” I feel like God has been telling me to look for more of a platform to share this — I’m not sure if it is writing a book – or just sharing with people on a personal basis like I do now. Like you originally – I know I don’t have time to write a book – I barely have time to complete an email — LOL — BUT I know it has helped me spiritually and constantly removes any doubts about the existence of a creator. Again – thanks for the continued dialogue.

  2. Martha Wagner

    Hi Polly:

    I just discovered you via some noodling around on the FLX forum. I live in Portland too and write/edit/proofread health and wellness content. Dancing, yoga and singing are my self-care saviors… solo and with groups. Improvisational Circlesinging is a terrific mood booster.
    Martha

    1. Polly Campbell

      Yay! Martha. Thanks for coming by. I’ll look for your stuff.

  3. Richard Morris

    HI Polly, I really enjoyed listening to your interview today on KMTT 103.7 FM — Conversations with Lizz Sommars. I am looking forward to exporing your web site, and who knows maybe I could read your book on my kindle! If you are ever in Bellevue, WA, please visit us at Unity of Bellevue.

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    [...] Author, Polly Campbell, suggests another possible reason: “Mealtimes are an ideal place to practice mindfulness, [the] art of paying attention. Mindfulness is about noticing, experiencing, seeing what is all around you. …When we are mindful we connect to our inner self, the spiritual center, the place where love and appreciation and compassion and gratitude bubble up. Mindfulness …often leads to the bigger thing.” [...]

  5. Tina Gilbertson

    Polly, I caught the tail end of your interview on KATU’s AM Northwest show yesterday. You were very warm and genuine. No surprise there, given the tone of your blog and the title of your book. Congratulations on your success and keep up the great work!

    1. Polly Campbell

      Thanks Tina…so fun to do. I love talking about this stuff.

  6. Sharon

    Hi Polly. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed our chat at Awakenings on Wednesday night. You have a lot of insight. I appreciate your down to earth approach in this hectic world! I have started a few of your suggestions, and find them very helpful. I look forward to delving into your beautiful book.

    Thanks again.

    Sharon

    1. Polly Campbell

      Loved our visit Sharon. Thanks for coming. All the best.

  7. Nan

    Hi! Found you through a friend on FB where he posted a blurb from your website about doing something you love for five minutes.

    I’ve added you as a “Blog to Visit” on my website.

    Be blessed,
    Nan

    1. Polly Campbell

      Thanks so much for the mention and for stopping by Nan. I’ll check out your site!

  8. Polly Campbell

    Hi Paul, thanks for stopping by. I’d be curious to know how a man who studied for the priesthood defines spirituality…it can be such a loaded word. Hope we offer some new, accessible, ideas about it here.

  9. Paul Vachon

    Hi Polly,

    I found out about your blog on the FLX Bloging Forum. Looks great! I look forard to reading it regularly and psooibly restoring some balance to my own life.

    I was raised Catholic. In fact, I was studying to be a priest at one point. In recent years, however, I’ve become much less religious, for a vareity of reasons. But I try to always be open to new ideas, and your blog sounds like a great way to do that.

    Best,

    Paul

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