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Here you will find articles that explore wabi sabi and related subjects.



Introduction: 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?




Examples: 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.



Sabi Photos: 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, "Sabishisa 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.


News:
  1. Review of Wabi Sabi Simple by Philip Brewer for Wise Bread.

  2. 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."

  3. Review of Wabi Sabi for Writers by Richard Tice for Modern Haiku.

  4. Review of Wabi Sabi for Writers by Jaymi Elford for D*I*Y Planner.

  5. Wabi Sabi Haiku Contest Winners announced. Read the winning Haiku here.

  6. New Book Review. Pilgrimage by Michael Dudley. Read the review here.

  7. Wabi Sabi for Writers is selling well. Read the Still in the Stream introduction here and the Midwest Book Review here.

  8. Wabi Sabi Blogs. The list of Wabi Sabi blogs has been moved to the "Creating Wabi Sabi Blogs" article.




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