WHAT?? you ask. My teacher shared this idea with me yesterday after my practicum (YESS! It’s official, I’m a certified yoga instructor!).
“Wabi sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature. Accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow and uncluttered, and it cherishes authenticity above all. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all of the other marks that time, weather and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all transient beings on this planet. Wabi sabi is underplayed and modest, the kind of quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered.” -architect Tadao Ando
Developing our wabi mind and heart: living modestly, learning to be satisfied with life as it can be once we strip away the unnecessary, living in the moment. You see? Simple as that. This is tough in any culture, of course, nearly impossible in our own! We are constantly plied daily with sales pitches that will help us improve ourselves, our circumstances, our homes. What if we could learn to be content with ourselves, exactly as we are today? Amid the imperfections, whether in our body or minds, or the outside world. Not just accepting they are there, but embracing the authenticity of each and every part of who we are, individually and universally. It’s a lofty thought…but one that’s certainly worth entertaining.
You are not perfect, never will be, wabi sabi gives us the chance to let go of these neverending hopeless desires that can take up space in our being, that can lead to a belief system that supports the idea that “you are not good enough, not there just yet”….well there will always be somewhere else to get to, something else to become, why not just be at peace with where you are right now, enjoy the process and everything that comes along with it! This is something I am always working on.
It is a constant practice, but in my mind one worth sticking to. The practice of exploring, embracing, learning from and cherishing the quirks, irritations, and limitations that make you (and others) unique.
This quote was shared yesterday by Debby, a fellow yogi, during her beautiful practicum 🙂 I think it pretty much sums it up! I love the free feeling this quote brought to my spirit, the idea that there is nothing that has to be done, other than just to be.
“These days my practice is teaching me to embrace imperfection, to have compassion for all the way things haven’t turned out as I planned; in my body and in my life – for the ways things keep falling apart and failing, and breaking down. It’s less about fixing things, and more about learning to be present for exactly what is.” – Anne Cushman