Imperfection or I’m-perfection?
Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect.
Wabi Sabi is the ancient Japanese wisdom of finding beauty in imperfection and simplicity in nature, of accepting the natural cycles of growth, decay, and death. Enjoying the simple, natural, and uncluttered, Wabi Sabi reveres authenticity above all. It celebrates cracks, chips, and other marks of time, weather, and use. Once we see the beauty in such “deficiencies”, we can learn to embrace the flaws—the wrinkles, rust, and frayed edges, and all the imperfections in our lives.
How to Be…. Happy
So what does Wabi Sabi tell us about how to live? Developed from Zen Buddhism, Wabi Sabi is a path to enlightenment. It is a practice, a lifestyle of living modestly, simply being satisfied with what is.
People who live a Wabi Sabi life come to a gentle acceptance of the imperfection in their lives. They accept the mistakes, the disappointment, the broken promises. And even eventually, if lucky to live long enough, they accept the liver spots, the gray hair, the wrinkles. They see the beauty even there. They embrace it all.
Finally, it is about us. We are all imperfect. We are all flawed. Being human, we strive to live up to our expectations. Then we fall short. We make mistakes. No one is perfect. We are as we are.
We wish our circumstances were different—a better job, more money, a partner, fewer problems. But this is our real life. It is what it is. And yet, nothing is permanent. This is just what’s so.
Now, go and be happy.
Leonard Koren が Wabi-Sabi の本を出し、その考えが広まり、こんなところにも伝わる。
本はそんなには売れていないが、Leonard Koren の考えは英語圏全体に行きわたり定着する。
いつのまにか、「わびさびとは the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete なのだ」ということになっている。
本人も知らないうちに考えが広まる。考えを広める人のほとんどが、Leonard Koren のことを知らない。不思議といえば不思議。すごいといえばすごい。
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