Wabi-Sabi, Say What??!


Wouldn’t it be cool to not worry about being perfect all the time?


With the Japanese world view of wabi-sabi, you can: It’s a set of principles that celebrate the imperfect, the natural, the old and the unfussy. One popular definition is “flawed beauty.” In other words, it’s all about learning to embrace your imperfections to live a more balanced, joyful life. Some characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic are simplicity, asymmetry, roughness, modesty and appreciation of natural processes.


So how can you inject the principles of wabi-sabi into your day-to-day? Here are some ideas:


Beauty

Keep your hair that’s clean and fresh without being too “done”

 

Choose not to cover up freckles or other skin “imperfections”

 

Keep your nails buffed and polish-free

 

Design

Opt for a natural or matte color palette

 

Go to vintage stores, buy antiques or use recycled materials

 

Use rough, raw, uneven or rustic textures in your space

 

Lifestyle

Let go of material concerns, take a trip, go outside, explore and enjoy life

 

Eat well-prepared foods mindfully and healthfully

 

Mix up your fitness routine to include things you aren’t naturally good at