diving deeper into wabi-sabi

I’ve just been reading a great book on wabi-sabi (the beauty of impermanence; the impermanence of beauty).  It’s called

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

by Leonard Koren

Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

Click here for Leonard Koren’s website.

The book is delightful.  I especially like “the wabi-sabi universe.”  It goes like this–

Metaphysically, things are either dissembling into, or evolving from, nothingness.

Spiritually, (1) truth comes from observing nature; (2) greatness exists in the inconspicuous and overlooked; and (3) out of ugliness can come beauty.

State of Mind is to accept the inevitable and appreciate cosmic order.

Moral precepts: (1) get rid of all that is unnecessary; (2) focus on the intrinsic; and (3) ignore material hierarchy.

Material qualities include: the suggestion of natural processes, irregularity, intimacy, lack of pretension, earthiness, murkiness, and simplicity.

This feels like the real deal to me–the kind of thing I always suspected but have never seen encouraged in our self-betraying society.  This book is so worth it.  Consider buying it if you strive for a life where the real things matter.