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Polly Campbell
Polly Campbell is a writer and speaker who specializes in personal development and spiritual topics. A top teacher at, a contributor to Psychology Today, Polly also has her own popular blog at For more than two decades, she has studied and applied the techniques she writes about in her new book, Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People.

Entries by Polly Campbell

Busting the Big 3 Meditation Myths

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 4:08 PM

It's a modern-day whine favored by those committed to growth and wellness, who really, really, do not want to sit still: "Do I reeealllly have to meditate?"

One of those whiners is a close friend, and after years of her telling me what to eat -- fish oil, fish oil,...

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How to Save the Day and Avoid Dinnertime Drama

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 7:16 AM

My kid was complaining about homework: "It's haarrrddd."

My husband had the vacuum going, a good thing to be sure, but a noisy one. And I was in the last 15 minutes of a deadline struggling to focus.

By the time I was done I felt on edge and irritable....

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Living Big in the Little Moments

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 8:15 AM

It's the little things, people.

Yesterday, before she left to soccer on a 95-degree day, Sweet P (who is not always, uh hmm, sweet) came in to thank me for filling her water bottle.

Little thing.

Then a friend texted to say she was thinking about me. I found...

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How to Pinpoint Your Purpose

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 10:40 AM

For a long time I thought my purpose in life was to write. So imagine the panic when I stopped writing for a bit, to raise our young daughter. Who was I if I had no life purpose?

Truth is, my purpose isn't dependent on the writing. Or the parenting,...

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How to Stay Sane This Summer

(2) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 12:07 PM


Ah, summer. The season of barbecues on the back deck, long sunny days, afternoon swimming sessions.

And, kids bringing fat bugs into the house, teens rifling through the cupboards for snacks, sticky popsicle residue on the floor, shorts with grass stains, flip...

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What Cancer Taught Me About Appreciating Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 7:48 AM

I've never worried about aging. Maybe it's because I'm used to the stiffness and aching joints, thanks to the rheumatoid arthritis I've lived with for more than 40 years. My body has always felt old.

So getting older didn't bother me a bit. Until I got cancer.

Then, I...

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You Are Not Alone

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:32 PM

At the top of the page, in Arial 18-point pink letters, it says:

Form For Art Club
Meets Saturday and Sunday

On the lines below are four cramped little signatures from the club's newest members -- the neighborhood girls. My daughter's penmanship is flowy, sloppy. Another wrote her...

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Can You Give Up the Quest for a Happy Holiday?

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 3:09 PM

Should you invite his mom and dad, even though haven't spoken since the divorce?

Which mashed potato recipe should you follow?

Paper plates or the good china? You want the ease of paper plates but your mom did give you the china...

What if Aunt Edna drinks too much, the...

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Is Your Relationship Perfectly Flawed?

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 12:31 PM

We recently celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary -- with a bowl of noodles, a bouquet of flowers, and each other -- and it got me thinking about how this marriage is working so well when the people in it can get so crazy and confused and frustrated and even at...

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Superstitious? You're Lucky

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 8:25 AM

I never write on the first page of a notebook. And during football season, if my team is winning, I wear the same T-shirt and khakis for every game. Don't want to mess with the mojo.

I've been known to wish upon a star, and I always pick up pennies...

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4 Lessons to Teach Your Kids

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 8:25 AM

School started yesterday and my first grader, Sweet P, is now a second grader and I am no longer allowed to walk her to the bus stop. But I can, I am told, stand at the bottom of the driveway and watch her ride by. I am also welcome to...

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How Wonder Eases Worry

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 1:00 PM

A few years ago, I spoke with relationship guru and all-around-wise woman Kathlyn Hendricks for an article on relationships. She gave good advice on how we can communicate better with our partners. But her approach has also influenced how I live my life.

"Wonder," she said. "Approach everything with wonder."

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How to Find the Joy Even When You Are Sad

(4) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 7:25 PM

Sixteen days is a freaking long time when you are waiting to find out if the cancer has spread.

In those two-weeks-plus, I had a couple of sleepless nights. One anxiety attack -- which proved fascinating and scary almost all the same time. I had some tears when I was...

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Use the Power of Suggestion to Move Ahead

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 8:18 AM

Ever had someone tell you that the procedure would "really hurt" or that the test was "really hard" or that the boss was "impossible to deal with" and then had those scenarios play out just as predicted?

Turns out those early suggestions probably shaped your reality. Psychological scientists Maryanne Garry,...

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5 Things to Make a Better Day

(7) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 10:40 AM

Life is going to throw us some challenges, no doubt about it. My mom used to call them character-building experiences. Apparently, I don't have enough character because this stuff keeps coming my way, but I have a kind of first-aid kit now, a spiritual salve I can lather on every...

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Cranking Up a Dose of Daily Courage

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2013 | 9:51 AM

It's time to make my June dermatology appointment.

It's not really a big deal. Except for that one time when it was. A very big deal. The day the dermatologist found melanoma. That was two surgeries and scores of appointments ago. Though I've been healthy for six years now, I...

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Uncover the Source of Self-Sabotage

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 8:10 AM

On the way out to the launch party for my first-ever book, I had to stop and clean up cat vomit.

There I was during one of my biggest nights of my career, on the ground in my slacks and fancy-schmanzy coral-colored sweater, scrubbing at the once-white carpet.

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3 Ways to Make a Big Life Out of Little Moments

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 8:34 AM

In second grade I set out my life plan. I would become a newspaper reporter, then write books and live in New York or maybe a big house next door to my parents in Oregon (when I was seven they were still pretty cool). As a grownup, I would eat...

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Clean Out the Mental Clutter

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 1:44 AM

This spring, when you begin hauling the garbage out of the garage, or cleaning out that closet -- you know, the one with the paper plates and the aspirin and the three-year-old coupons next to the nail polish and glitter glue (or maybe that's just me) -- also take a...

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Be a Creator, Not a Complainer

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 9:40 AM

I dropped a box of sweet and sour pork on the floor today. My white refrigerator became a piece of abstract art, red sauce dripping down its door. Course, it matched the saucing running down the cabinets and the puddle on the floor. Sweet and sour everywhere isn't all that...

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