Sometimes, when someone buys a copy of Grow Your Own Gorgeousness, I watch them go off and silently pray that they’ll “get it”. When I say “get it”, I mean, they are perceptive enough to see that the book reflects the concept; simple imperfectness and flawed, earthy beauty … and that they won’t bring it back saying, “this has got spelling mistakes!”, forcing me into an explanation of gorgeousness.
Some people don’t need explanations. Their souls recognise the truth contained in the pages. Others look at it blankly and then put it down. Others are actively repulsed.
Sometimes I feel it’s challenging being the mother such an unconventional book as Grow Your Own Gorgeousness. Yet I never stop loving it unconditionally.
Recently though, I have discovered that Gorgeousness has a sister and she lives in Japan.
Yes! I know! The Japanese have known about gorgeousness all along, except they call it Wabi-sabi.
Wabi-sabi is ” a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.” Wabi-sabi “is the cracks in the bark of trees that lets us know it is a mature and healthy tree, harboring an ecosystem while protecting itself from many of the denizens of the ecosystem. It is the lines in a persons face that lets us know how much they have laughed, considered carefully, grimaced in their lifetime.”
Wabi-sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
It is the beauty of things modest and humble.
It is the beauty of things unconventional.
Apparently the first Japanese people who upheld the concepts of Wabi-sabi were the tea masters, priests and monks who practised Zen. Zen Buddhism started off in India and then travelled up to China in th 6th century. It was then introduced to Japan in the 12th century. The Zen Buddhists practised achieving a “direct, intuitive insight into transcendental truth beyond all intellectual conception” And at the core of gorgeousness and Wabi-sabi, is the idea that we need to transcend how we look and think about “perfection”.
I feel so utterly relieved that Gorgeousness has some kin. I am wrapping my arms around Wabi-sabi and loving it dearly tonight!
This is what Wabi-sabi has to say …
“All things are impermanent
All things are imperfect
All things are incomplete”
This is the material process of Wabi-sabi and the elements that also govern Grow Your Own Gorgeousness (the book).
*suggestion of natural process