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Creating a Home for the Soul-Wabi Sabi Style

2002_kenrokuen_hanami_0123Recently I came across another point of view from around that world that can help each of us create a more harmonious living environment from the inside out.  It is called Wabi Sabi.  The architect Tadao Ando says this about Wabi Sabi “It is in the Japanese view of life that embraces a simple aesthetic that grows stronger as inessentials are eliminated and trimmed away.”

Wabi Sabi is a perfect idea to embrace for our summer decorating as summertime allows us to pare down and take life a bit slower.   Returning to what is essential allows us to reconnect with the beauty that naturally is contained in what is already around us.  We can rediscover the meaning and beauty of natural things all around us, such as the crescent shape of the moon on a dark lit night, a moss garden while strolling in the woods or the scuffed up teapot that your Grandmother left behind for you to enjoy.

Underplayed, modest, a kind of quiet reverence best describes this idea.   Wabi means to be satisfied, free in one’s heart, not allowing objects and accumulation to fill one’s soul.   Instead having reverence for having less so that you can enjoy more.

Here are a few suggestions to bring in a bit of Wabi Sabi’s attitude and reverence into your home for the soul. Here are 3 suggestions that you can do externally in the physical world and ways that you they can be applied within the internal landscape too, inner Feng Shui:

  1. Clear your space.  Open space means space for potential.  Create open space by eliminating one out of every 4 objects you have in a room. Then, choose carefully those objects that stay behind.  Rotate and store those objects for another season or, better yet, hold a garage sale or give them away.  Inner Feng Shui suggestion is to let go of negative emotional baggage.  Choose something that you are now willing to let go by blessing it you send it away like releasing a balloon into the sky.
  2. Encourage being quiet in your spaces by adding more absorbent materials such as drapes, rugs, book filled bookcases, upholstered furniture or adding white noise or nature sounds through opening a door, window or sound machines.  Inner Feng Shui suggestion is to sit quietly and be still several times throughout the day in order to hear the voice of your higher self.
  3. Clean each space carefully.  Cleanliness is a celebration of the freedom of shedding the weight of attachments and material concerns.  Cleaning creates a lens from which to see things more simply and from an open clear uncluttered heart.  In the practice of Inner Feng Shui find something that needs to be energetically cleaned up in your life.  Perhaps it is saying “sorry” to someone or getting back to your good eating or sleeping habits.  Clean up what is energetically draining you to release more energy and boost your vibration.

Wabi Sabi on Wikipedia

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