5 minutes ago
A little farewell nod to the last of the barley for the year. The combines have almost finished their work and the fields are now full of bales. I could have added a little colour to this, but this is how the last of the barley looks now, a little faded, a little parched looking & weary. A reminder that the height of the summer is coming to close. The nuances of the seasons are keenly noticed when you live in the countryside. It reminds me of something I spend time reading about; Wabi Sabi : A Japanese philosophy that makes so much sense to me. “Wabi sabi is a different kind of looking, a different kind of mindset, “It’s the true acceptance of finding beauty in things as they are” -
- “Embracing wabi-sabi is as easy (or as difficult) as understanding and accepting yourself — imperfections and all. It’s about being compassionate with yourself as you are, and building on whatever that is — not feverishly trying to rebuild yourself in order to pose as something else entirely.
Today, appreciation of the things we have, people we love, and the experiences we have the opportunity to weave into our lives is losing value.
Wabi-sabi represents a precious cache of wisdom that values tranquillity, harmony, beauty and imperfection, and can strengthen your resilience in the face of materialism.
It gently motions you to relax, slow down, step back from the hectic modern world and find enjoyment and gratitude in everything you do.
Put simply, wabi-sabi gives you permission to be yourself.
Embrace the perfection of being imperfectly you.”