Wabi Sabi

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The Wisdom in Imperfection

A fresh way of seeing and moving through the world when our lives, literally and figuratively, feel cluttered.

Wabi sabi is the Japanese philosophy that all things are imperfect, unfinished and impermanent, and it pervades all aspects of life from the creative to the spiritual. Wabi Sabi: The Wisdom in Imperfection presents this concept in the context of daily life and offers ideas on where to find it and how to see it, embrace it and incorporate it into everyday thoughts and actions.

In a simple and accessible style, this book shows you how embracing imperfections and impermanence frees you to try to be better, in a way that reevaluates what "better" means what really matters and what you truly want. A few simple challenges and exercises such as a wabi sabi diary, a haiku exercise and a "make art" challenge plus some tips on minimizing and decluttering (mentally and physically) for a simpler life, encourage you to get creative. It allows you to mindfully make space in your head, home and with your time.

A foreword by Hector Garcia, the bestselling author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life , introduces readers to the wabi sabi aesthetic and how it can lead you to your best and happiest self. Hector shares his own wabi sabi journey from being asked about it on live TV fifteen years ago (before he knew what it was), through to today, when it permeates every aspect of his life.

About the Authors

Nobuo Suzuki was born in 1968 and has dedicated his life to studying approaches to Japanese philosophy and psychology. After traveling all around Asia, he developed a method of connecting Zen with art therapies, and now works with clients seeking alternative ways of approaching their life issues. He loves playing piano, writing about his trips and recording his reflections.

Hector Garcia was born in Spain and worked at CERN in Switzerland before moving to Japan, his home of more than 15 years. In Japan he developed voice recognition software and the technology for young Silicon Valley companies to enter the Japanese market. His popular blog kirainet.com led to his internationally successful book A Geek In Japan . Along with Francesc Miralles, he is the author of the bestselling Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, The Ikigai Journey and Forest Bathing.

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