What a terrible tragedy the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Just like the footage from 9/11, I find the images mesmerizing. I find the destruction devastating yet to look at it from a purely environmental perspective there is an element of elegance in the movement of the water.
Wabi- Sabi is (not unlike the theories of Feng Shui) based on the ancient art of finding beauty in all accepts of life including imperfections. It is based on the elements: that nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect. In Zen Buddhism it is about finding perfection in imperfection.
I find this a reassuring way to run a household, host a dinner party, enjoy our garden, be a wife and probably most importantly raise monkeys. Of course so much of life's moments are about letting go of the preconceived notion that there is a way things 'should be'.
Control is an illusion and nothing is permanent.
Characteristic of maintaining a wabi- sabi home and life include: asymmetry, simplicity, economy, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of natural objects on processes.
Some snap shots of my life that fall under these characteristics:
A creative space that is never going to be finished or perfect
Beauty in a pool that is covered in pollen
Bringing garden flowers inside and appreciating the petals that fall all over
A guitar playing husband who doesn't put stuff away
Creativity with no regard for neatness
Unmade beds and monkeys playing video games, in their PJ's well after noon!
Laundry- hanging to dry inside
How do you practice Wabi- Sabi?