“Wabi sabi is an intuitive response to beauty
that reflects the true nature of life.
Wabi sabi is an acceptance and appreciation
of the impermanent, imperfect, and incomplete
nature of everything.”
“But when does something’s destiny finally come to fruition?
Is the plant complete when it flowers?
When it goes to seed? When the seeds sprout?
When everything turns into compost?”
“Wabi is about finding beauty in simplicity,
and a spiritual richness and serenity
in detaching from the material world.
Sabi is more concerned with the passage of time,
with the way that all things grow and decay
and how ageing alters the visual nature of those things.
It’s less about what we see,
and more about how we see.”
“…in repairing the object
you really ended up loving it more,
because you now knew its eagerness to be reassembled,
and in running a fingertip over its surface
you alone could feel its many cracks –
a bond stronger than mere possession.”
“Should we look at the spring blossoms
only in full flower,
or the moon only when cloudless and clear?”
“Things wabi-sabi have no need
for the reassurance of status or the validation of market culture.
They have no need for documentation of provenance.
Wabi-sabi-ness in no way depends
on knowledge of the creator’s background or personality.
In fact, it is best if the creator is of no distinction, invisible, or anonymous.”
“And therein lies a crucial observation:
Japanese beauty is discovered in the experiencing,
not just the seeing.”
Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age,
when the life of the object and its impermanence
are evidenced in its patina and wear,
or in any visible repairs.
After centuries of incorporating artistic
and Buddhist influences from China,
wabi-sabi eventually evolved into a distinctly Japanese ideal.
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