As I spend my last few hours here, I want to leave you with a Japanese philosophy — wabi sabi. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teachings of impermanence, suffering and emptiness. Wabi sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect (Juniper, 2003, The Japanese Art of Impermanence).
While these concepts may sound negative to you, realizing that life is transient, living with an expectation of joy, while fully acknowledging and rejoicing in imperfection, makes for incredible liberation of spirit. Mindful living encourages you to venerate the beauty you find every day, especially in those things you may often overlook, or find familiar.
If you are too busy to breathe, and often find yourself without moments in your day to close your eyes and reflect, perhaps you need to know more about wabi sabi.
I’d like to share a few images of things that touched me in this way over the past few weeks.