When I think of wabi-sabi, the word "imperfect" comes to mind. Appreciate the charm of the unkempt, the incomplete, and the broken as long as they've been repaired. Each thing's beauty tells a tale of an adventure or a voyage.
What is wabi-sabi, and how is it defined? As a concept, wabi-sabi combines two Japanese nouns: Wabi (beauty found in stillness) and Sabi, which means incompleteness or imperfection (loneliness). Everything has a different connotation these days.
In contrast to the Western culture's emphasis on materialistic materialism, the wabi-sabi lifestyle emphasizes the importance of embracing imperfection.
Try the following to build a wabi-sabi lifestyle:
- Reduce the amount of clutter in your home by storing the items you don't use all the time.
- Creating a peaceful environment is essential to maintaining a calm mind.
- When possible, choose secondhand natural-material products over new synthetic ones. As a result, students will feel more connected to the natural world.
- It's better to enjoy the graceful simplicity of a "less is more" way of life than to obsess over the appearance of a large arrangement of flowers in an exquisitely balanced vase.
- Keep your life moving at a manageable speed whenever allowed, and provide plenty of time for recuperation in between each task. Refrain from extolling the virtues of a hectic lifestyle, which can lead to chronic stress and mental illness.
- Eat and drink slowly and relish each bite and sip. The Japanese tea ceremony's meditative movements are meant to nurture both the body and the soul. Think about the web of interconnection that has provided the food on your plate, from the interdependence of natural components required to generate food to the ties between farmers and retailers who have delivered the ingredients.
- Appreciate the beauty and grace of aging, both in yourself and others. Wisdom, depth, and maturity are prized over youth in a wabi-sabi lifestyle.