The beauty of Wabi-Sabi

I learned of the term “wabi-sabi” a few years ago, and was instantly attracted to its meaning:

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

(Definition courtesy of Wikipedia.)

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It makes sense, as I consider my love for worn wood floors and distressed paint on old cabinets, fallen bird nests and bits of nature that I bring into the house with me. Of course this phrase strikes a strong cord. If you are a vintage pottery and old house lover, you know what I’m talking about.

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I have been trying to embrace the wabi-sabi in my body as I am struggling with “aging gracefully”. It’s easier to accept a chip in a favorite coffee cup than the jowls I’m watching develop on my face. I think the key lies in appreciating the idea that, just as my coffee cup retains its usefulness as it ages, I can retain the inherent beauty of my gifts and purpose in the world I have always been able to claim.

We are all changing in our appearance, but not in our true form.


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