Wabi Sabi

I recently read an article about the concept of Wabi sabi. Its a first for me to encounter this term and the introduction of the write up said its a concept that is hard to explain. The idea as considered by Buddhism is that language can be inadequate to describe the world and prefer the explainable to be unexplained. Wabi translates as simplification and cutting out the essential and sabi as change or transience though the Japanese have really NO concrete definition of it. It can only be observed through everyday life expressions.

Wabi-sabi is underplayed and modest, the kind of quiet, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered.

Its seeing the beauty of the cracks tarnished by age and time. The concept is believing that everything is transient, nothing is fixed, no staple and nothing is complete and with this comes the cracks, the rust, the chipping and the withering. Its stripping off the mundane and seeing the beauty as it is.

I’ve been hiking  for some time now and I always end up on a state of flux once the hike ends. There’s a beauty out there that I cannot explain using our human language and this always made me feel a different “me”. I’ve tried explaining this to a friend, the wonder of being up there but there is no word for it. Every pool of water I encounter seems to be battered by constant change done by nature itself. The waterfall doesn’t always flow like the other. Thru long period of time and hammering of water on the jutting rocks, it created a different path where it downpour its content.

The earth corrode and where I stood is not the same steps or undergrowth that people before me have stood, neither will the future people would.

The sky isn’t always the same, our sun, younger even than the universe is counting its number of days everyday. It is old and the light it casts on natural canvas is never the same.

I like the concept of wabi sabi, taking off the mundane and seeing the beauty in changes. Being able to be in the outdoors last year made me understood this state of mindfulness. I feel like if I strip away all of the grandiosity of nature what remains are just the unexplained emotions that should remain as a quiet beauty that I’ve witnessed.

Here’s to a late happy new year greeting! May we all continue our own growth-spurt. 😀


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