This is my first time doing an informative topic, so pardon me if it’s a little rough around the edges.
The other day during my daily beauty routine, I was looking at an acne scar on my face. I was thinking about how I’ve had it since I was teenager and will likely have it for the rest of my life.
As I was wishing I didn’t have it, Wabi Sabi (侘寂), a Japanese aesthetic (and worldview) came to my mind. This concept isn’t saying that teaches us to find beauty in imperfection. Now, that’s not saying we should be messy or anything. Imperfection is part of nature. After all, it doesn’t perfectly conform to our standards of beauty (i.e., the trees of the woods in my backyard are growing in random spots). Yet, I’m sure many would agree that natural wonders (such as Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, and Victoria Falls) are beautiful.
I think this is great concept for everyone to remember and live by. Slowly, it’s helping me to see (and accept) all of my physical flaws. I may just start laying imperfect stones on my atar in the form of a pentacle to remind me of Wabi Sabi.
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