The Japanese philosophy changed my outlook on life and helped me find peace.

In the quest for happiness, we sometimes forget to enjoy the simple pleasures of each day, appreciate the present, and embrace the journey. But there’s a Japanese approach that not only promises happiness but also a profound shift in how we see life: Wabi-Sabi.

Emerging from the standards of good taste and beauty in Japan, Wabi-Sabi is deeply rooted in Japanese Zen aesthetics and philosophy. In the book “Wabi Sabi, Learning to Accept Imperfection,” Tomás Navarro explains that this concept encourages us to value the beauty in imperfection, embrace the fleeting nature of life, and foster simplicity.

Unlike the relentless pursuit of perfection, Wabi-Sabi suggests a more serene way of appreciating life. It’s not about ignoring challenges but giving them the right attention and seeking solutions while acknowledging that imperfection is an integral part of our existence.

The philosophy of Wabi-Sabi comes to life in embracing the transient, nature, and moments of melancholy as beautiful elements. It encourages us to find beauty in imperfection, recognising the allure of humble simplicity (wabi) and the passage of time with its natural decay (sabi) as intrinsic aspects of life.

Applying Wabi-Sabi to our daily lives means shifting our perspective on perfection. Chasing perfection often leads to obsession, causing us to miss out on the joy of growth and living fully, without appreciating the fleeting beauty in the simplest things. It’s about realising that perfection is a myth.

Wabi-sabi provides a soothing remedy in a world obsessed with unattainable perfection. It prompts us to live more relaxed, appreciate beauty in imperfection, and understand that happiness isn’t a destination to pursue but an ephemeral experience found in life’s small moments.

This article was syndicated from Marie Claire Spain
Translated and adapted by Praise Vandeh, Marie Claire Nigeria Content Writer

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