Wabi Sabi (wah-bee sah-bee) is the Japanese
aesthetic of beauty and harmony, the observation & appreciation
of natural rhythms, constant change and continual flux. Rooted
in the 15th century wabi sabi tea ceremony, wabi and sabi
were originally two distinctly different words in meaning. Wabi,
connotating the everyday and ordinary, is defined by living
simply, close to the earth, with a bit of sadness in the contemplation
of the passing of all things. Sabi, signifies elemental, bare bones perception, and the spontaneity of natural energy.
Blended in use over time, wabi sabi suggests intimate, sensual
perception and the appreciation of all things in mutuality,
cycling in and out in eternal transition. Wabi sabi as philosophy
is timeless, offering balance to the rapidly changing world
of our everyday lives.