SUMMARY ☆ Wabi Sabi

Beth Kempton ò 1 SUMMARY

Sient nature of all things With roots in zen and the way of tea the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is relevant than ever for modern life as we search for new ways to approach life's challenges and seek meaning beyond materialismWabi sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast paced consumption driven world which will encourage you to slow down reconnect with nature and be gentler on yourself It will help you simpl. Beth s wonderful book Wabi Sabi allows you to invite some authentic Japanese pearls of wisdom into your life without having to shell out for the airfare Wabi Sabi is well researched and insightful full of wonderful personal anecdotes and experiences and is written by someone who has clearly immersed herself into Japanese culture far beyond a typical western visitor might do This book gives practical information and ideas on accepting imperfection embracing nature and lots of lovely tips to make you pause and appreciate things just the way they are It s a delightful read Highly recommended

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'A truly transformative read' Sunday Times STYLE 'More than ever we need books like this' Jessica Seaton Co Founder of Toast and author of Gather Cook Feast A whole new way of looking at the world and your life inspired by centuries old Japanese wisdom Wabi sabi wah bi sah bi is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics which helps us to see beauty in imperfection appreciate simplicity and accept the tran. A book less about a Japanese design or art style than on a way of living The four concepts of Japanese style from gaudy flashy to subdued earth colour palette like where I am somewhere between Hade and Iki so uite far from the Wabi Sabi subduedness was interesting But this book is something to experience not much into content itself inviting the reader to contemplate while speaking kind of soothingly to him or her Normally I find self help books slightly annoying and shallow Kempton however has a style and a clear sense of formulation that led me to enjoy the book all though I found the book rather a slow read that didn t really urge me onwards to finish itStill three stars since it was inspirational to read how I could work on my own perfectly imperfect and transient and impermanent to boot lifeI like really a lot of uotes from Wabi Sabi and hope to return to them later All things including life itself are impermanent incomplete and imperfect Therefore perfection is impossible and imperfection is the natural state of everything including ourselves Letting go of what you think should be does not mean giving up on what could be Importantly accepting imperfection doesn t mean having to lower standards or drop out of life And there are at least fifty ways to describe rain in the Japanese language Onomatopoeia is used extensively including to convey sounds related to nature Z z describes rain pouring down heavily kopokopo suggests the gentle bubbling of water and hy hy is the sound of a whooshing wind First we experience Then we reflect There are things that can t be learned without being directly experienced On the mountain the mountain is the teacher Imperfection is not a compromiseWe need to trust and accept and be willing to say I don t know it all but I don t need to know it all I know enough I don t have it all but I don t need to have it all I have enough And I am not all things to all people but I don t need to be all things to all people I am doing my best to be all I can be to those who really matter I am enoughThis does not mean having no goals or ambition and giving up nor is it to suggest that striving for something is a bad thing It s about getting really clear on why we want what we really want outside of materialistic desires for the accumulation of stuff and the pressure of expectation from others But this is what we do The better we get at something the we widen our field of vision We move from puddle to pond from pond to sea The ideal is always changing and as long as we use that as motivation to do uality heart and soul work that s fine But when it becomes an exercise in comparison it s a dangerous place to be I m not saying you should settle for the puddle I m saying you might be happy in the pond and that s OK if that s where you do your best You might feel destined for the sea and that s fine too Just be sure you go there for the right reasons The true beauty is not in the achievement of some kind of perfection but rather in the sharing of the creation itself But let s also be mindful of all that we celebrate who we are not just what we achieve giving credit to the effort as well as the wins The thing to remember is this someone else s success does not hinder your chances of achieving what you want Their success may even open up new opportunities for you and others They will walk their path you are supposed to walk yours

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Ify everything and concentrate on what really mattersFrom honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home from reframing failure to ageing with grace wabi sabi will teach you to find joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life This book is the definitive guide to applying the principles of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life and finding happiness right where you are. Wabi sabi is a feeling not a style Wabisabi styled home does not make sense to meI agree with the idea that everyone is capable of feeling wabisabi but wabisabi I feel is mostly in the context of and reference in Japan Isn t it just feeling content rather than wabisabi Without historicalcultural relation I find it hard to feel wabisabi personallyI am JapaneseWell researched It s much better than famous Ikigai book at least


10 thoughts on “Wabi Sabi

  1. says:

    A book less about a Japanese design or art style than on a way of living The four concepts of Japanese style from gaudy flashy to subdued earth colour palette like where I am somewhere between Hade and Iki so uite far from the Wabi Sabi subduedness was interesting But this book is something to experience not much into content itself inviting the reader to contemplate while speaking kind of soothingly to him or her Normally I find self help

  2. says:

    Well researched but the uality of the writing feels cluttered and confused at times Is this an academic style treatment or a self help book tinged with Japanese philosophy or something in between? I worry it's a little too complex f

  3. says:

    At the risk of sounding harsh and unfair I am giving this book a lukewarm 2 stars The core philosophy of the book is interesting and I enjoyed the author's Japanese pronunciation very much yes random and weird comment I know but other than that I was left unimpressed I had 3 main issues with this book 1 Its approach to the imperfect is perfect philosophy is too superficial with freuent repetitions of the phrase but lit

  4. says:

    Beth's wonderful book Wabi Sabi allows you to invite some authentic Japanese pearls of wisdom into your life without having to shell out for the airfare Wabi Sabi is well researched and insightful full of wonderful persona

  5. says:

    Lovely little book on bringing peace less stress calm joy less clutter etc into one's lifeI loved it

  6. says:

    Wabi Sabi by Beth Kempton is a self help book that tries to explain how a Japanese philosophy can help people look at their own lives from a different perspective Kempton spends the first half of the book providing context and explanations The second half spends time on the self help aspects I enjoyed the personal stories Kempton included which I thought helped build some credibility Cultural ideas can get easily distorted during

  7. says:

    This is a book that seduced me with the cover and has inspired me with the contentsI found this to be a little gem of a book full o

  8. says:

    An interesting way of looking at life but I feel some bits kinda dragged on where it wasn't needed I also wasn't sure if this book was meant to

  9. says:

    Wabi sabi is a feeling not a style Wabisabi styled home does not make sense to meI agree with the idea that everyone is capable of fee

  10. says:

    It's got one bit I really like about wabi sabi other japanese philosophies aesthetics and experiences from an outside perspective Learning about the 72 microseasons and such was very interesting Then the other part is pure self help bs about living your best mindful imperfect insta puke life That bit can go suck an egg a

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