Wabi-Sabi: The Beauty of Imperfection
Emerging in 15th century Japan, the concept of Wabi-Sabi arose as an antidote to the rising and incessant need for extravagance and perfection. When the world was moving more and more towards lavishness and rich materials, Wabi-Sabi was the art in finding beauty in imperfection. Appreciating the profound in the raw and earthy and above all, valuing authenticity beyond all else.
Perhaps it can be seen even more relevant today. In a throwaway society that encourages mass consumerism, having the latest tech and most recent car models to name but a few things; the art of Wabi-Sabi feels like a concept we should really embrace.
Wabi-Sabi teaches us to find the character in things; A crack in a vase, a chip in a table. These imperfections should be cherished for symbolising the passage of time and loving use.
The concept has largely been discussed in terms of items that we use, but it becomes more interesting when we apply it to ourselves and the way that we love and appreciate who we are as people.
Striving to be ‘perfect’ in the way that the media portrays to us has a lot to answer for. It becomes very easy to focus in on the parts of ourselves that we deem to be lacking or imperfect and in doing so, we send out a clear message – we are not good enough.
When we can love ourselves in all our glorious imperfect perfection.
When we can truly cherish and love ourselves exactly as we are.
When we can move to a place of self-appreciation over self-perfecting.
We can start to find greater peace. Our focus shifts from yearning to gratitude and we can truly embrace our true authentic selves with love and thankfulness.
Our Wabi-Sabi crystals this week deliver a week of joy. A week of using crystals to stimulate the senses, for listening and talking, for singing and meditating, for smelling and tasting and really feeling what it is to be alive. This is going to be a Wabi-Sabi wake up and shake up week.