(caution: slow zone, cup of tea required. Rest your mouse, enter the stream.....)
ere you will find articles that explore wabi sabi and related subjects.
Like Feng Shui, wabi sabi is an Eastern
idea gaining popularity in the West. Unlike Feng Shui, wabi sabi is not a technique
for increasing wealth, or tapping into some unseen mystical power. It is quite
the opposite. It is an intuitive way of living that involves noticing the moments
that make life rich and paying attention to the simple pleasures that can be
over-shadowed by the bustle and excess of our consumer society. Read
more....in Wabi What?
A stream tumbles a stone and its edges
and points collide with other stones. Over time this smoothes and polishes the
stone, making visible its patterns and colors. Stones in streams are worn into
wabi sabi beauty. Wabi sabi
beauty is also
found in weathered fences, desert dunes, and aged wine. It is everywhere in
nature but especially those areas which experience the ongoing action of waves,
wind, water and sand. These are the obvious places, but it reveals itself in
areas with different kinds of flow. The flow of years, or work, or wisdom. Once
you notice it in your daily life it becomes clear that you are surrounded by
it. This is being, still in the stream. Read
more ...in Still In the Stream.
I've been paddling remote lakes on Vancouver Island for the last two years seeking sabi in the ancient tradition of kanjaku. Kanjaku is a compound Japanese word which joins leisure or idleness (kan) with loneliness or stillness (jaku). Lonely idling, or leisurely stillness. This was the term that Basho declared should be the state in which "one's mind should stay." Peipei Qiu writes in Basho and the Dao
shisa in Basho's poems is often not a landscape infused
with the sentiment of loneliness but the fundamental tranquility found in the harmonious fusion
of the external world and the poetic mind." Not merely loneliness, sabi is the clear awareness possible in solitude. In this state nature is accurately perceived through the serenity of poetic vision. View some sabi images here: Sabi Photos.
100 Lakes Blog launched.
Richard R. Powell's new writing project involves visiting 100 lakes on Vancouver Island. The blog will provide an overview of the project as it unfolds, along with updates, photos, and sample trip reports. "I will be exploring how solitude fosters a deep form of sabi that allows us to become more aware and accept and appreciate what is."
Wabi Sabi Haiku Contest
Winners announced. Read the winning
New Book Review. Pilgrimage
Michael Dudley. Read the review