What is wabi-sabi?

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
— Leonard Cohen

Despite having heard the term, I didn’t know much about wabi-sabi until watching this short, nicely produced explanation.

At the heart of Japanese philosophy and wisdom lies a concept called ‘wabi-sabi’; a term which denotes a commitment to the everyday, the melancholic, the somewhat broken and the imperfect. It’s a term we need a lot more of in our lives. 

Leonard Koren writes, in Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers:

1. All things are impermanent.
2. All things are imperfect.
3. All things are incomplete.

Blessed are the cracked
For they shall let in the light.
— Groucho Marx

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