Wabi Sabi is the Japanese Zen philosophy that all things are imperfect, unfinished and impermanent. It is a fresh way of seeing and moving through the world when our lives, literally and figuratively, feel cluttered. This book shows us how to apply this concept in the context of daily life and offers ideas on how to see it, embrace it and incorporate it into everyday thoughts, objects and situations.
In a simple and accessible style, Wabi Sabi: The Wisdom in Imperfection shows you how embracing imperfections and impermanence frees you to become a better person, by reevaluating what "better" means—what really matters and what you truly want. A few simple challenges and exercises encourage you to get creative—such as a Wabi Sabi diary, a haiku exercise and a "make art" challenge—plus some tips on minimizing and decluttering (mentally and physically) for a simpler life. It allows you to mindfully make space in your head, home and with your time.
In the foreword, Hector Garcia— the bestselling author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life—introduces readers to the Wabi Sabi aesthetic and shares his personal Wabi Sabi journey: from being asked about it on live TV fifteen years ago (before he knew what it was) to today, when it permeates every aspect of his life.
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About the Author
Hector Garcia was born in Spain and worked at CERN in Switzerland before moving to Japan, his home of more than 15 years. In Japan he developed voice recognition software and the technology for young Silicon Valley companies to enter the Japanese market. His popular blog kirainet.com led to his internationally successful book A Geek In Japan. Along with Francesc Miralles, he is the author of the bestselling Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, The Ikigai Journey and Forest Bathing.
Russell Calvert has a masters degree in translation studies from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). He has 25 years TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) experience, including posts at ESADE Business School (Barcelona) and Salalah College of Applied Sciences (Oman). He was the subtitler, translator and interpreter for the 2012 Mecal International Short Film Festival of Barcelona.
Table of Contents
Foreword Hector Garcia 9
Prologue: The Magic of Imperfection 15
The Three Dimensions of Wabi Sabi 21
I The Philosophy of Wabi Sabi 27
Origins of the Concept 31
Zen and Wabi Sabi 37
Don't Be Too Hard on Yourself and on Others 49
Lessons from Nature 57
II Wabi Sabi in Art 65
Principles of Wabi Sabi in the Japanese Arts 69
The Beauty of Melancholy 81
From Inflexibility to Spontaneity 89
Wabi Sabi and Creativity 97
III Wabi Sabi as a Way of Life 107
Imperfection as a Road to Excellence 111
Wabi Sabi and Resilience 119
Creating Space 129
The School of Minimalism 139
Wabi Sabi Spirituality 151
Epilogue: Be the Best Imperfect Person You Can Be 156