Wabi Sabi And Your Health


by Duff Axom

Every once in a while it’s good to take a look at the philosophy behind something. For TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) we’ve written about Taoism and other philosophies that help to shape it. The Japanese concept of wabi sabi also fits somewhere into the overall weave of TCM.

Leonard Koren in Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers defines “wabi sabi [as] the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty. [I]t occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the west.”

To understand wabi sabi you understand that nothing lasts, nothing finishes and nothing is perfect.

It’s easy to see how we extend the Greek concepts of beauty and perfection to our health and western medicine’s intention for health.

If we understand our health in terms of wabi sabi: that our current state of health (well or not)  is not lasting, that wellness is an on-going story and that no one is ever in a 100% balanced state of wellness, it can be quite a concept changer.

What are your philosophies behind your health?

Check out a more detailed explanation of wabi sabi here