Thursday, September 17, 2009

My Wabi Sabi life....

Have you ever heard the term Wabi Sabi? No? Until yesterday, neither had I.

I was at the library (since I've decided that owning hundreds of books is overrated when I can pay $12 a year to read as many as I want), browsing and came across the "religion" section. I looked and saw an unnassuming paperbag brown book called 'Wabi Sabi Simple' By Richard R. Powell.

The "simple" part caught my attention, because I am on a simplifying quest, and I picked it up.

It is amazing.

I was never able to explain to others why we choose to live such a pared-down life. I suspect some of my friends think I have low self-esteem because I don't WANT so much of the material as other people. I was never able to explain without coming across as judgemental or extrordinarily odd.

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese lifestyle of minimalism, beauty, simplicity, function, joy, purpose, gratitude, authenticity. It is about being the most authentic you possible. It is about focusing on what is really important and not allowing yourself to be distracted by what the modern world tells you is important.

The quote on the front cover of this book states this (and i love this): "Create beauty. Value imperfection. Live deeply.".

I think I have found a new mantra.

5 comments:

Jo-Ann said...

I have to say I am more then intrigued... I love the quote.

I think I may need to chat with you about this.

Mel said...

YES!! How perfect! It's so easy to become attached to *stuff*....

I was reading an art journalling thingy about wabi sabi styles and it was all about using natural materials, what was in front of you etc. Definitely appealed to me and I will look out for that book you mentioned...thanks very much for the reminder.

Jennifer said...

I have heard of that term. I find myself wanting to go that direction lately as well. I think it sounds like you... you Lisa are living Wabi Sabi!

Sara said...

I have not heard of that, so thank you for sharing. Yes, it sounds like a direction in which my family is going as well. Can't wait to hear more about it. xx

Angela said...

I would never call you odd!!! True to yourself, Yes! To me you are an inspiration, you show us all how much easier it can be.