Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

     Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese philosophy based on reverence towards asymmetry, irregularity, simplicity, austerity, modesty, intimacy, impermanence and appreciation of objects and their natural processes. Wabi-Sabi is something that brings about a sense of spiritual longing and beauty. It also refers to a certain quirkiness that adds uniqueness and elegance. In other words, “flawed-beauty” is considered divine.   

      We in the western world have lost our sense of Wabi-Sabi. We acquire, accumulate, and collect without reverence, intimacy, or romance. We’ve become over-loaded and detached. Not only with physical objects in our lives but our lives itself. Wabi-Sabi is missing in our days and moments. We rush through without savor, inhale the day’s events, exhale onto the next. Bigger, better, more. We over-schedule, over-load and over-kill. Our minds always somewhere else.

      So what do we do? Unfortunately, there is no list to Wabi-Sabi your life. That would be anti-Wabi-Sabi. But I will list a few ways to keep wabi-Sabi out of your life.

  1. Buy anything new and upcoming because it’s the next big thing!
  2. Worry about your possessions so much that your furniture is more comfortable than your guests.
  3. Strive for perfection over sacred.
  4. Live publicly instead of privately.
  5. Cling to permanence.
  6. Paperwork over leadership. Contracts over handshakes.
  7. Quantity over quality.
  8. Factory-made over hand-made
  9. Rules over creativity.
  10. Superficial over reverence.



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