Wabi-Sabi (noun) Origin: Japanese | The discovery of beauty within the imperfections of life and art.

This yet another Japanese aesthetic that has a very deep meaning in which life and art are viewed as beautiful not because they are perfect and eternal but because they are imperfect and fleeting.

We experience happiness as a series of pleasing moments. They come and go like clouds, unpredictable, fleeting, and without responsibility to our desires. Through honest self-work, reflection, and meditation, we begin to string more of these moments together, creating a web-like design of happiness that drapes around our lives. Tara Stiles

Every time I go home I find that everything has changed.  I mean some of the things are the same, but for the most part, it is all different.  Like in my brain that one laugh, that one smile, that one experience remains, but all of the emotions have changed.  It’s like starting over each time. Sometimes that makes me happy and sometimes that makes me sad. I try to hold on to the happy and ignore the sad.  However, it’s possible that the sadness and the anger and the misunderstandings help you to realize how fleeting the happy times are and how you should be holding on to them even tighter. These happy times are exactly the wabi-sabi that makes it all so beautiful.  That in the end, makes it all so very beautiful.

I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world. Ellen DeGeneres

fleeting: Albatz; Tina; philos; ana; yamoto; xanbarbara; swati; penross; barbara; chris; mugdha

4 thoughts on “Wabi-Sabi

  1. Nice thoughts – and it reminds me of Viktor Frankl’s ‘Yes to life in spite of everything’ – a collection of lectures he gave after WWII, in which he talks about the preciousness and value of life precisely because it is finite. We live in a world of consequences, where our actions, words, thoughts, bring about results we care about, where events bigger than us bring about results we care about. And in the middle of that we have to decide how to behave and for what purpose, and for whom.

    • Nice! I have only read a tiny bit of what he wrote a long time ago, but can totally relate to his ideas. I just remember reading something about how he believed that humans were motivated by the need for meaning. We all had to find meaning in our life and that is where our motivation came from. Thanks for the reminder. I have never read his book. I will have to check it out.

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