Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Take a Break: Explore Wabi-Sabi

Last week’s take a break on Kintsugi, golden joinery, lead to this weeks post on Wabi-Sabi the Japanese Art of Impermanence. This quest for perfection and newness doesn’t stop with just our smartphones and sports cars. It creeps into every aspect of our lives, and eventually shuts us off from a natural world that resists being standardized. However, by ignoring perfection and embracing all that is worn or asymmetrical, you can begin to see the world differently. This, says Leonard Koren, will open you up to “the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom of things.”

Today’s take a break is about searching out Wabi-sabi in your environment and engaging in the world as you find it. Is there a collapsed barn or old run down building in your neighborhood? What do you find attractive about it? While cultivated gardens are lovely, look for the wild flowers shooting up in random spaces. Do you see the beauty in a lined faced? Sometimes by looking at things carefully, you will see a new use for something that you thought was destined for trash pile.

Sketch, photography, color, journal or maintain a mental imagine of what you see that is Wabi-Sabi.

Not interested in today’s activity, go to the Take a Break Pinterest Board. and pick out something else.

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