Wabi Sabi Wisdom

perfectionism perspective transformation Mar 25, 2024
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🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #102 here.

I am passionate about inner discovery and authentic living. Today, we're stepping into a world where imperfection isn’t just accepted; it’s celebrated. We’re talking about the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi.

Wabi Sabi isn’t just a concept; it’s a way of life that appreciates the beauty in the naturally imperfect world. It encourages us to look beyond the superficial and find significance in the ordinary and the aged.

Have you ever seen a bowl that was once broken but has been glued back together with lines of gold running through its cracks? This is Kintsugi, a practice that embodies the philosophy of Wabi Sabi. It teaches us that beauty isn't about hiding flaws; it’s about highlighting them, so we actually celebrate each crack and imperfection. The mended bowl now becomes more unique and tells a beautiful story of resilience.


If you’re honest with yourself, how many times in your life have you strived for perfection? How often have you missed the heart of what's truly important? How often have you overlooked the joy in the simple, the mundane, or the imperfect?

Consider the leaves changing colors, the worn pages of a well-loved book, or how clouds in the sky can actually make a sunset even more brilliant. There's a special character in these imperfect things that Wabi Sabi asks us to embrace.

In a world that often values the new, the shiny, the flawless, Wabi Sabi invites you to pause, to breathe, and to find peace in the perfectly imperfect. It asks us to let go of our relentless pursuit of perfection and instead to cherish the everchanging moment.

As we move through each of our journeys, let’s challenge ourselves to apply the wisdom of Wabi Sabi. Let's appreciate the beauty in the old and the worn, the wisdom in the natural cycle of life, and the depth of character that comes from embracing our own imperfections.

Let the Wabi Sabi philosophy be a reminder that in imperfection, there is beauty; in simplicity, there is significance. It's a call to shift our perspective, to slow down, and to appreciate the richness of life as it unfolds, with all of its imperfections plus all of our imperfections.

What if you practiced seeing the world through a lens of more acceptance and more contentment. My wish for you this week is to find beauty in the world around you, just as it is. Or you can go a step further and turn the flaws into the most stunning aspects of something, including you.

An individual who embraces their “flaws” and knows they are awesome regardless.”

— word coined by Tyra Banks

🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #102 here.

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