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Wabi-Sabi by Barbara Jo
 

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  • This photo is of the end of the year lily pads as they brilliantly reflect sunlight and are surrounded by dust and debris. It's as though they are floating in The Milky Way. The lily pads and the light speak to me of three spiritual principles of Wabi-Sabi.

    1. TRUTH COMES FROM THE OBSERVATION OF NATURE.
    All things are impermanent, imperfect, and incomplete.

    2. “GREATNESS" EXISTS IN THE INCONSPICUOUS AND OVERLOOKED.
    We tend to overlook a lot...the minor and the hidden, the damaged and the waning, the tentative and the ephemeral, the quiet and the subtle....

    3. BEAUTY CAN BE COAXED OUT.
    Beauty is not always or only the lushness or the blooms. Beauty a dynamic event; an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace. It often occurs in quite unexpected and spontaneous ways.

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    These principles are adapted from Leonard Koren's beautiful treasure of a book, Wabi-Sabi. It's a very Wabi-Sabi book!

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    [Photo by Barbara, Cedar Lake, Minneapolis, Fall 2015]
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