Have you ever heard of wabi-sabi?
Wabi-sabi (n) a way of living that focuses on the beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycles of growth and decay.
Wabi-sabi is a a japanese principle that refers to the appreciation of those beautiful, fleeting moments in life that exist in the most natural part of the world. It’s almost the complete opposite of the western ideal of perfection – where everything that is beautiful is clean and sterile, matching and symmetrical, flawless and fashionable. Instead wabi-sabi is about valuing all that is imperfect… understanding that some of the most beautiful things are fleeting. It’s about embracing the cracks in life and loving them for the deep stories that they tell. It’s a relatively new term for me, but one that I realise that I embraced unknowingly in many areas of my life. The lines on my hands, that tell a story of my past… The old dented table in our lounge… the leaves on our front path… the dishes in the sink. They are all results of moments in life that were lived with honesty and humility. They are all signs of the passing of time… the changes in both emotional and physical seasons.
It’s not about a lack of care, but instead about letting go of being ‘perfect’ and enjoying where we are, right now, bumps and all.
I don’t share a lot of pictures of our home or our living space. It’s something I do on purpose… but when I was asked to do so by a lovely virtual friend of mine, I couldn’t help but oblige as As a part of the beautiful Wabi Sabi series on the lovely blog Our Buzzards
I talk a bit about my relationship with my home, my mess and I share a few very rare pictures of our little home. You can have a look at the post here… I urge you to spend some time in Rachel’s beautiful space, you definitely won’t regret it.
Does your home reflect wabi-sabi?