Body and Spirit: Embracing 'Wabi-Sabi'; How the Concept of Appreciating Imperfection and Loving Broken Things Can Change Your Life

If you don't already know about it, let me introduce you to
the Zen concept of Wabi and Sabi. 

Wabi is the beauty found in things simple, 

imperfect and natural. 
Sabi is the beauty found in things 
worn and weathered with time and use. 
Together, Wabi-Sabi is an aesthetic and living concept that 
embraces the beauty of things that are  imperfect and impermanent.
Finding beauty and elegance in the simple, modest and humble. 

A little Wabi-Sabi thought for yourself...

"when the Japanese mend broken objects,
they aggrandize the damage
by filling the cracks with gold.
They believe when something’s suffered and
has a history that it becomes more beautiful."
~ Billie Mobayed

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese/Buddhist concept wherein
imperfection is seen as beauty,
focusing on an acceptance
of the transience and ethereal quality of all things.


an appealing feature to notice about this bowl
in addition to its rich red glaze and unique scalloped edge,
is that it has been broken and put back together.
It has survived. It remains useful.
It still brings joy and has no need to be 'perfect'.

The idea is that if we can learn to let go, 
acknowledge that nothing is permanent, finished,
or perfect, we can learn to be more present in our daily lives.

This then gives us an appreciation for all the beauty and
the usefulness of all things, no matter how humble.
This concept is meant to be 
extended to ourselves as well.
And believe it can be life-changing way of thinking.

Do you enjoy this idea?

Let me know your thoughts on Wabi-Sabi.
to me, it's yet another way to...

live beautifully! 

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  1. Yeah: Wabi-sabi, Ke-mo sah-bee. I like the concept.

  2. Ha! Thanks MikeB! I will here share a comment form one of our Facebook fans - who said: "I love this post and this concept!! In this throw-away society we live in, just because you are old, or just because something is broken, you have not outlived your usefulness. Love the Japanese concept of fixing cracks with gold!! Thank you!"
    -and I agree - May all our 'cracks' be filled with 'gold'!

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    This needs a bit of work to make it better, but this is what just came to me quickly. It is for you.

    May all your cracks be filled with joyful gold
    When you are young and also when you're old,
    For life, with all its troubles, is a blip,
    And you should not be anxious when you trip.

  4. sounds good to me, MikeB! Thanks so much for sharing your words and sending me a little golden sparkle!

  5. I was reading this series of comments again, and this came to me quickly, continuing my little rhyme:

    And when you fall, just get up right away
    And stand up straight, and know another day
    Will bring much joy and laughter to your life
    That helps you get through unexpected strife.

  6. For the past year or more, I have been reading only two blogs, yours and the blog of Thom Brown. Unfortunately, Thom Brown died suddenly and unexpectedly (I think on February 9 this year), and I felt the loss personally -- that is how much his blog meant to me. It was uplifting -- as is yours.

    1. oh, no. I'm sorry to hear that about your fav blogger, and your reaction to it. :-(
      but hope I might be able to uplift your spirits ...for quite a long while more.

  7. Thanks, Stephanie. I will look forward to you uplifting posts.