Keeping It Simple/ Wabi Sabi

If it weren’t for the great podcasts that have permeated my life in the last few months, I’m not sure I would have pulled on my recycled yoga mat sandals and buttoned up my big girl Gucci-Goodwill jeans to write for the enjoyment of writing (online) again. It feels EXHILARATING! TITILATING! Bouncy and juicy and…

It’s a long story but I used to own mysterious-cow.org and ambrosia.nu when I was a teenybopper. My e-mail list had more than a 100 subscribers—mostly people I didn’t know! I wrote all kinds of things; I was in grade 7 and 8, living in Manhattan and going to an Outward Bound affiliated school (!). I wrote about what I observed and the city was constantly moving with inspiration. I also dabbled in obscene Hanson fan fiction (it was VERY funny and not serious)… I talked about my orange juice…I wrote because I enjoyed it!

Thanks to Lauryn and Michael’s podcast, The Skinny Confidential: Him & Her Podcast I discovered, Candice Kumai’s podcast “Wabi Sabi” and her amazing book “Kintsugi Wellness” which I will be working my way through and writing about whenever I want. I really appreciate Candice’s podcast, she is firm but encouraging with us that we need to work hard, take care of ourselves, support and encourage each other and take leaps of faith. “Wabi Sabi” is a Japanese term meaning the art of appreciating the imperfect. Perfectly imperfect. Candice is so funny and graceful. I love her impersonations of her Japanese mother and how she clarifies she is talking about Barre not a bar.

Wikipedia: In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

The Japanese do this in architecture, art and reflecting on their values. I don’t need to nail it every time, I just need to show up and try.

 

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