Recently I was introduced to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. According to Wikipedia, the practice of wabi-sabi is involves accepting the imperfect and changing nature of the world. However, it isn’t just about seeing the reality of life; it is seeing the beauty in the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
One of the forms of wabi-sabi is Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. Essentially, the break and repair are as much a part of the history of an object, rather than trying to disguise the imperfection.
The year 2018 is coming to a close. For some, there is a natural inclination to look at ourselves, our habits and our flaws. We may be tempted to apply resolutions, to fix those areas of our lives that we perceive as broken.
Sometimes we are harsh with ourselves about our flaws. We may have expectations about what we “should” or shouldn’t” be doing. We want the imperfections gone.
What if our imperfections were part of the art of who we are? What if we incorporated the cracks in to the beautiful container of our lives? In short, wabi-sabi and Kintsugi invite us to embrace our cracks and flaws, and see the beauty that lies in the whole of ourselves.
If you are tempted to makes changes in the new year, consider the practice of wabi-sabi. Happy New Year.