Discovering Wabi Sabi
Through some explorative pinning on Pinterest I came across the Japanese art of Wabi Sabi - a world view of appreciating imperfection. This modest approach praises authenticity, simplicity and living an uncluttered lifestyle. HELLO! Considering my home has been overrun with baby gear, dirty laundry and sleepless nights, this discovery couldn't come at a better time. Wabi Sabi encourages us to look at our homes, our closets - even our lives - to determine where we can use these fundamentals to live a more wholesome life. Wabi Sabi acknowledges the circle of life; growth, decay, death - the natural order of existence - and encourages us to lead a more natural lifestyle with this notion of "natural" as the undercurrent for everything we surround ourselves with... and in.
I kept thinking about this Wabi Sabi approach while I was rediscovering my closet earlier this week, unearthing clothes I hadn't worn in months. While it was exhilarating to have my old clothes fit again, many of them no longer felt like me. I found myself craving something simpler; lighter, less busy, softer. And though Wabi Sabi appreciates reusing old clothes, giving them new life, it also appreciates natural colours and textures. I felt so phoney trying to squeeze in to my magenta dress pants - once a staple to my many modern power suits. So I used my next pinning foray to find items that reflect this... while planning my next shopping trip. Check out my inspiration below:
I love the description found here: Bringing Wabi Sabi into your life doesn't require money, training, or special skills. It takes a mind quiet enough to appreciate muted beauty, courage not to fear bareness, willingness to accept things as they are - without ornamentation. It depends on the ability to slow down, to shift the balance from doing to being, to appreciating rather than perfecting.
Broadly, Wabi Sabi is everything that today's sleek, mass-produced, technology-saturated culture isn't. It's flea markets, not shopping malls; aged wood, not swank floor coverings; one single morning glory, not a dozen red roses. Wabi Sabi understands the tender, raw beauty of a gray December landscape and the aching elegance of an abandoned building or shed.
Shopping at second hand stores is a great way to breathe new life into old clothes, while finding some serious gems. And when we do shop at bigger stores, seeking out colours found in nature with textures and fabrics that are gentle against your skin is a great way to stay true to the Wabi Sabi idea. And never underestimate your old jeans and a plain white T-shirt.
Wabi Sabi is a beautiful idea and I encourage you to look more into it. Since it is such a large topic, I only just glisten the surface. There are many ways to introduce the Wabi Sabi lifestyle into your life, but starting with how you robe yourself is an easy place. Good luck. Have you heard of Wabi Sabi?