Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your LIfe [NOOK Book]

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Taro Gold inspires and enlightens with Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life. A blend of Eastern wisdom, feng shui, and the movement toward simplicity, Wabi Sabi is a Japanese expression meaning wisdom in natural simplicity. Wabi Sabi helps us to see the beauty in imperfection, to discover that our unique flaws also can lead us to our greatest strengths and treasures.

No one is perfect--in fact, we all are perfectly imperfect. That is the paradoxical first lesson shared...

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Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your LIfe

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Overview

Taro Gold inspires and enlightens with Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life. A blend of Eastern wisdom, feng shui, and the movement toward simplicity, Wabi Sabi is a Japanese expression meaning wisdom in natural simplicity. Wabi Sabi helps us to see the beauty in imperfection, to discover that our unique flaws also can lead us to our greatest strengths and treasures.

No one is perfect--in fact, we all are perfectly imperfect. That is the paradoxical first lesson shared by Taro Gold in Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life. What is Wabi Sabi? A universal ideal of beauty, Wabi Sabi celebrates the basic, the unique, and the imperfect parts of our lives. Wabi Sabi is the comfortable joy you felt as a child, happily singing off key, creatively coloring outside the lines, and mispronouncing words with gusto. On a deeper level, Wabi Sabi is the profound awareness of our oneness with all life and the environment. It includes a deep awareness of the choices we make each day, the power we have to accept or reject each moment of our lives, and to find value in every experience.

Appreciate this and every moment, no matter how imperfect, for this moment is your life. When you reject this moment, you reject your life. You don't have to settle for this moment, you are free to steer a different course, but for now, this moment is yours, so be mindful to make the most of it.

Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life leads us to discover the true beauty of our lives, to know true joy here and now, to reveal the most powerfully positive sides of imperfection. Illustrated with stunning yet simple watercolor art, Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life is a beautiful keepsake that is sure to become a beloved resource for wisdom in the joy of living.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740792939
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 356,216
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Taro Gold is the author of the best-selling books Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Book of Eastern Wisdom; What Is Love? A Simple Guide to Romantic Happiness; Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your Life; The Tao of Mom: The Wisdom of Mothers from East to West; and The Tao Dad: The Wisdom of Fathers Near and Far. Taro grew up on four continents and currently lives in Tokyo, Japan. His website is tarogold.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your LIfe

    When I was in college I took an art class and that's where I first heard about 'Wabi Sabi' -- which we learned was from the Japanese art style of imperfect creation. I am now a mom and, to my delight, another mom in a local young mothers group I attend gave me this book. It takes that ancient artistic philosophy of Wabi Sabi and applies it to life, showing how to use our lives' imperfections for good and the greater happiness of ourselves and others. It reminds us that life itself is imperfect, everything is imperfect, and that is just how it is meant to be. God's creations are intentionally imperfect, and the story in this book shows how we can each manifest our greatest strengths and joy when we accept that and use our problems to better ourselves (instead of running away from problems like we often wish we could do.) This is an uplifting and soothing, deeply touching book, funny at times, serious at times, and always thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2004

    Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your LIfe

    'Perfection exists only in the imagination. As long as we equate joy with perfection in even a small way, we will never know contentment.' -- Taro Gold In our drive towards perfection, we often seek for impossible dreams that lead to unending conflict of the soul. Taro Gold's 'Living Wabi Sabi' is filled with ways we can escape this cycle of disappointment. Quotes are interspersed with personal recollections of his grandmother's teachings. Art mingles with quotes and the pages are of a high quality and shaded with natural earth tones. Not only will this book last a long time, it is perfect to give as a gift. Taro's thoughts are beautiful gifts filled with wisdom and the secrets of Wabi Sabi living. While life is filled with uncertainties, at least we can ponder how we will deal with uncertainty itself. Through humorous recollections about cooking or Taro's experience with electricity we learn deep spiritual truths. He discusses the birth of stars, how joy is the ultimate goal in life and how his grandmother taught him to develop inner character so he could contribute goodness to the world. He also discusses interesting facts about Walt Disney and how he was fired from his first job for 'lack of imagination.' There are a few other humorous examples of how life seemed to take a wrong turn, all while leading the participants right to the height of their success. If you have been reading all the books by Taro Gold, you may be interested in reading more about Taro Gold... and in this book, you can enjoy reading a bit about Taro's family history. This is a very personal book and I found it to be the most healing and comforting of all the books by Taro Gold. There are life-changing principles in Taro's book that can be incorporated into any spiritual tradition or lifestyle.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

    My favorite

    This is the one of all Taro Gold's book collection I cherish the most. This is one of the few books that has truly made me a happier person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2007

    Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your LIfe

    I started reading this book yesterday and couldn't put it down, so I finished it in one sitting. What a great book--the reading just flowed and in a different format and I loved the illustrations and layout. There is a great lesson given with this book--that one can be down-and-out, but somehow you can rise above any obstacle, with the right mindframe. I am so grateful to have found this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    The story of Taro's grandmother

    Anyone interested in Taro Gold's grandmother will find great pleasure in reading this booklet, but it's difficult to find any substantial information on Wabi Sabi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your LIfe

    Taro Gold's beautiful book is a visual delight with a profound message. Each page is washed in a tint of color some pages have powerful quotes written on beautiful backgrounds. But the message is not sweet or simple. Living a Wabi-Sabi life means accepting your faults as well as your strengths, accepting that you will never be perfect and still keeping yourself open to being a work in progress. It means living a joy unrelated to your income. It means sweeping your life free of blame for others, and living instead with the responsibility of choosing your own happiness or misery. You can read the book in a single sitting, but don't. Read a few pages at a time, and see how the concept flows into your life. Don't be surprised if you begin to look at your life differently. One of the characters, Obaa-san, says, 'No matter how it may seem at the time, the core of your suffering is not your inconsiderate partner, your demanding boss, your insufficient bank balance. . .The root of your suffering is found internally, in the limitations you place on yourself.' This beautiful, small book holds a profound truth that can transform your life. Read it, then live it. You will be changed in wonderful ways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    Living Wabi Sabi: The True Beauty of Your LIfe

    This book is stunning, both visually and emotionally. I feel so good after reading it, I intend to start right over and read it again and again. I learned from this book how to control my mind, to focus, to forgive, to accept myself and others for who they are, and the be truly happy. I simply can't say enough about how this simple book has helped me to improve my life.

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