In December during a trip to Mexico that was extremely disappointing because of the amount of commercialism and American influence, I had the fortune of meeting a dear friend and partner of a former client. Magically, the timing worked out perfectly.
Taro Gold was not new to me however, as not only had I read 80% of his books prior to meeting him, but had one with me on the trip. Taro’s work is largely a series of small, simple books that move you to not just reflect on your core, but act on it in a way that will bring more joy into your life.
Living Wabi Sabi was one of the few books I had not yet read until recently. It’s an enchanting, educational and inspirational book about an ancient Japanese practice that can be integrated into your life regardless of what religious belief system you have — or none at all.
Wabi Sabi is about embracing your imperfections. He writes, “regrettably, many of us are taught early on to be uncomfortable with the differences in our lives, to make sure we always color inside the lines that other people have drawn. Few of us are taught to use imperfections for our betterment, to seek the hidden lesson that every difficulty holds……”
A few quotes to supplement this way of thinking…..two of my favorites below:
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” –Reinhold Niebuhr
AND, this quote from James Allen which I have always been a strong believer in.
“We do not attract that which we want, we attract that which we are.”