Insight No. 2: WABI SABI – The Beauty of Being Perfectly Imperfect

arts, Insights, Karate, Psychologie, psychology, Zen
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Facing the ever-growing self-optimization delusion that fuels our inner critic non-stop, it is quite comforting to fall back on the Japanese idea respectively Zen-inspired concept of “Wabi-Sabi”.

Wabi-Sabi describes the art of Imperfect Beauty – accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay (as well as cycle of life & death), in which everything has beauty.

It is simple, slow and uncluttered, and it reverse authenticity above all. Finally, it is the imperfection that make up uniqueness and individuality. Just perfection can be copied, if perfection exists at all.

Wabi-Sabi celebrates cracks (e.g. see the pic of bowl with gold-filled cracks), crevices and all the other marks that time, weather and loving use leave behind.

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It reminds us that we are all just transient beings on this planet and that we will return to dust at the end like the entire material world.

Wabi-sabi is not just a Concept, but also an aesthetic and a worldview.

Simply, an intuitive way of Living reflecting the Japanese “mindfulness culture” and in particular “yugon”.

The latter stands for an awareness of the universe that triggers deep emotional responses impossible to express verbally.

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Translated literally wabi means lonely, miserable and feeling lost. Just in combination with the term: sabi the meaning is uncovered – being old, mature and showing patina.

Not the obvious beauty is the ideal but hidden (covered up) beauty. Harsh simplicity that reveals appeal / charm to understanding/knowing  people (like Connaisseur in French) and nobless hidden in the envelop of unimpressiveness is regarded as  true beauty.

In den Wäldern drüben,
tief unter der Last des Schnees,
ist letzte Nacht
ein Pflaumenzweig erblüht.

In the woods over there,
deep under the weight of the snow,
a branch of plum blossomed last night.
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Seppukko

Hanami (short-living cherry blossom on trees that don´t grow cherry fruits) but also plum blossom arms are symbols for transience and therefore, also for a young, honorable dead – traditionally among Samurai but also in general related to seppuko (suicide to save one`s Honor and the one of the family, which is still practiced today).

Well, I don´t want to let you go with dark thoughts…in the contrary!

Please, keep in mind you are perfectly imperfect. Outside beauty is by far less valuable than the inner one. Stay pur and authentic, just be you.

And if someone is really interested in you, he/she will be empathic and will take her/his time to get to know you and recognize you – uncovering your beauty. You´ve deserved such kind of special person – who cannot be fooled by polished, shiny surfaces – because you are truely beautiful.

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Poem No. 13: “Send Me A Leaf” (Schicke mir ein Blatt) By Bertolt Brecht (1898 – 1956)

Gedichte, poems, Psychologie, psychology, Reisen, Travel

Send me a leaf, but from a bush
That grows at least one half hour
Away from your house, then
You must go and will be strong, and I
Thank you for the pretty leaf. 

Schicke mir ein Blatt, doch von einem Strauche
Der nicht näher als eine halbe Stunde
Von deinem Haus wächst, dann
Musst du gehen und wirst stark und ich
Bedanke mich für das hübsche Blatt.



Postcard No. 25: “Grindavik – Iceland” Heavy Sea – Heading for a Save Harbor

Film, Insights, Psychologie, psychology, Reisen, Travel
Icelandic Fisher Boat in Heavy Sea
Fisher Boat “Asta B” (= the small 2 light points)
Hard working “Asta B”
Great job at Grindavik / Iceland!

Rough seas at the shores of Iceland – heading for a save harbor. Incredible these forces of nature – and the skills of the fisher boat crews!

I love storms and in particular thunderstorms. It`s actually my favorite weather. Maybe, I am simply a little drama queen sometimes. I don` t know means. Up and down, on or off…there is nothing in between.

Another reason for my fascination might be the fact that I am shipping through heavy seas for 2 years now. There are periods, in which it feels like shipping with a broken mast, canvas in tatters, defect engines, lost orientation…and non-stop fighting in order not to drown completely.

The more impressing are the fisher boats scenes. They also remind us that there might be something bigger in life….

Serenity, letting loose, focus, trust in your own skills, stamina and acceptance of the things you cannot control or change might finally bring you into a save harbor…

In Iceland there are many kinds of storms. Ice, snow, rain, sand, ash, solar, magnetic, and more. Storms are agents of change. While often destructive and unpredictable, they also demonstrate the unyielding power of nature. They reveal nature’s beauty and its hand in creating the landscapes we see today.

Cartoon No. 17: Who are you? (Wer bist Du?)

arts, Cartoons, humor, Kunst, Oddities, Psychologie, psychology, Zen

WHO ARE YOU?

No. 1 of 7:

The Ray of Light: Only now, we can wonder…Who is she?

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No. 2 of 7:

The 4 Elements: “It´s me!”

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No. 3 of 7:

The Ray of Light: WHO?

Air: No Panic. There must be a logical answer! Think!

Water: Oh, I am already suffering from myself …spare myself!

Fire: COWARDS! This stupid ray of light won´t decide who I am!

Earth: I don`t understand anything! I am hungr! I feel cold! I want to sleep!

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No. 4 of 7

The Ray of Light: I can give Life… but to whom of you 4?

Air: Aaah!

Water: Schluchz!

Fire: That´s beyond question! Me!

Earth: Pah! Without me, anything will work!

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No. 5 of 7:

All 4 Elements: ME! MEEEE!

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No. 6 of 7:

Flash!

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No. 7 of 7:

She: Was it just a dream?

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