Individual concept of wabi sabi:
  • Wabi is about recognizing beauty in humble simplicity. ~detach from the vanity of materialism so we can experience spiritual richness instead~
  • Sabi is concerned with the passage of time, the way all things grow, age, and decay, and how it manifests itself beautifully in objects.

Together, these two create the philosopical approach-

Accept what is, stay in the present moment, and appreciate the simple, transient stages of life.



5 Teachings From The Japanese Wabi-Sabi Philosophy That Can Drastically Improve Your Life — OMAR ITANI

Philosophy of wabi sabi

Wabi-sabi is an elegant philosophy that denotes a more connected way of living—a lifestyle, where we are deeply connected to nature, and thus, better helps us to connect to our truest inner-selves.

Wabi-sabi is a concept that motions us to constantly search for the beauty in imperfection and accept the more natural cycle of life.

It is an elegant reminder that all things including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect. Perfection, then, is impossible and impermanence is the only way.



1. Through acceptance, we find freedom and growth:

The core philosophy relates to one word, Uketamo , which means "I humbly accept with an open heart."

Here’s how it works:

  • You’re about to lose your job? Uketamo .
  • The forecast suddenly changed to downpour rain and now you must cancel your outdoor event? Uketamo .
  • You fractured your leg and need to be in a cast for the next month? Uketamo .

~Uketamo means acceptance to the core~

The sooner you can accept all the good and bad things life throws at you, the easier it is to grow.



2. Strive to be excellent instead of being perfect

Everything in nature is always changing, and nothing is ever be absolutely complete.

And since perfection is a state of completeness, then nothing can ever be perfect.

Hence, the wabi-sabi philosophy teaches us that all things, including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect.

In our pursuit to seek the perfect life, career, partner etc, we have blurred our understanding of what perfection really is.