Embracing Imperfection

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At a time when the whole world seems unsettled, a refreshing change in perspective is surely needed.

What if, instead of pursuing perfection, we were to embrace imperfection?

 

TakingCareOfMe.CloudyEveningHow uplifting and liberating would it be to find beauty in simple everyday things… the laugh lines on a loved one’s face; the softening silhouette of a cloudy day; autumn leaves sprinkled over a well-tended garden?

Let me introduce you to the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, a philosophy rooted in Zen Buddhism.

By accepting the natural progression of life, we appreciate simplicity and the transient beauty of all things.

The original meaning of the word “Wabi”, was the loneliness of living in nature, remote from society, like a hermit seeking enlightenment. “Sabi” referred to being lean, withered.

Presently, Wabi Sabi denotes quiet, natural, rustic simplicity, and the elegant beauty that comes with age and wear. It can be seen in art, furniture, fashion, nature, and as a philosophy for living life.

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Richard Powell sums it up succinctly, “Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect”.

“Wabi Sabi” helps us to see that each fleeting moment of life is precious.

Every messy, flawed, wrinkled, cracked, bitter – sweet tender experience, is to be appreciated to the fullest. For it is these genuine, glorious flaws that make us unique, and allow our humanness to shine through.

Yours in good health,

Caryn

takingcareofme.ca

 

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