Wabi Sabi (not to be confused with wasabi) is a real thing. It's not something I've made up because it's super fun to say -- I promise! Wabi Sabi is an ancient Japanese philosophy rooted in Zen Buddhism. It celebrates beauty in all things natural, flaws and all. It accepts the natural aging process of things. Of life.
"Wabi sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental." -- Leonard Koren, author of "Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers."
Wabi Sabi can be illustrated and visualized as imperfect produce (a crooked carrot, a bulging heirloom tomato, a bruised pear). Or exposed brick. Perhaps asymmetrical pottery or thrifted finds in your neighbourhood secondhand shop. But the Wabi Sabi approach to life isn't about giving way to carelessness, sloppiness, or negligence. It's not a "cop-out" if you will. It's more about appreciating the little things, discovering the abundance of beauty around you, and accepting the natural process of life. It allows freedom from overcomplicated matters -- allowing life to be more radically simple. (Perhaps Wabi Sabi is a mix of the Danish concept of Hygge and the Swedish concept of Lagom?)
There it is. It's that simple -- yet it can take a lifetime to cultivate.
Total transparency: I used a Wabi Sabi approach to this blog post; I took tidbits of inspiration from researched articles and mashed them together with my own understanding of the philosophy. Today, I wanted to refine what I had written so I went back to my blog drafts and pulled this one up that had been collecting dust for weeks -- but instead of nitpicking and polishing, I decided to just let it be. To just press "publish"and be ok with it.
So here we are.
To help you out, I've created an infographic that can give you ideas on how to incorporate the concept of Wabi Sabi into your everyday life. These are just ideas and thoughts -- ultimately, do what feels right for you. BUT if these ideas appeal to you, if they speak to you, make sure to share them with your loved ones and tag me in your Instagram posts with the hashtag #HolisticHeels!
Peace, self-love, and kale,