The Japanese tradition of Wabi Sabi offers an inspiring new way to look at your home and your whole life. Wabi-Sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is the beauty of things modest and humble. It is the beauty of things unconventional. The Wabi-Sabi philosophy originates from the 1500’s and is based on these three truths:
Imagine the feeling- THERE IS NOTHING IN LIFE THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED. You can sit down, relax and just enjoy the ride. The only thing that is important is to LOVE YOUR LIFE (and clear out some of your things). A WABI SABI life is a simple life where you have a conscious connection with all your surroundings and all things in your life. Imagine that you are connected with every thing that you own. EVERYTHING -even the things you have stored away, in basements or lofts. As long as we own it, we are energetically connected with it. Those are the physical things. Then we have the TO DO list, and all our unfinished projects. If these lists are all full – how much time is left to be wondering about LIFE? If you want something new, you need to make room for it.
Five Steps to a Wabi Sabi Home
# 1. Make it simple
My grandma used to say – keep it simple, and I feel that is still one of life’s secrets. It is the empty space that is the best background for your beautiful things. Too many things = chaos . Go through your home. Is there anything you can move, give away or recycle? Maybe you can think in new innovative ways? If you give it away, other people can benefit from it and you get more space, more light, more freedom. Take a trip around your home – do it now, what can you live without?
# 2. Invite nature in
# 3. Clean your clutter
A Wabi Sabi life is to enjoy the imperfection in life and you do not need to have it perfect. But if you let go of all the things you don’t need that fills your home with unused energy, you have space for what you want to attract into your life. It might not be more things being brought in to replace those you cleared away. It might be more time or space. In my work as a Feng Shui Consultant many of my customers dream about more space. One way to acquire more space is to get rid of what is not in use. LESS IS MORE
# 4. Recycle
# 5. Honour
Have some things in your home that you honor. Something with a story, some nice memories, something that makes you feel grateful in your heart when you look at it. It’s not the quantity of things, nor how beautiful they are. It’s what they do for you and the feelings they activate when you look at them. Imagine if you could surround yourself with what is useful or beautiful? Imagine the impact it will have in your LIFE?
A Wabi Sabi life is to live life on life’s terms. It is to live free from worries and allow life to enter your heart. The Dalai Lama says – If you cannot do anything with your concerns, there is no reason to worry, and if you can – just do it.
When you make sure that you only have a limited number of assets that you treasure and give you pleasure, it is easier to live a Wabi Sabi style life. It’s the crack in the jar that makes the pottery more charming. Be happy with what you have, accept that nothing lasts forever. Decorate your home according to your personal needs, not what others expect it to be. Make it all your own.
Good luck and thank you for visiting and sharing my blog. The western world and the eastern world must come together to take inspiration from each other.