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46 | Wabi-Sabi and the Art of Imperfection

46 | Wabi-Sabi and the Art of Imperfection

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Episode Summary

Today on Tea & Tattle podcast, Sophie and I examine our concerns about having too much of a perfectionist mentality, and how the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi helps us to embrace the imperfect and lead happier lives.

Wabi-sabi is rooted in Japan and is closely linked to the Japanese tea ceremony, but it’s an approach to life that can be adopted by anyone, anywhere in the world. Having a wabi-sabi mindset enables you to recognise and appreciate beauty in the imperfect and the transient, such as a worn, much-read book, or leaves falling from a tree.

Leafing through Wabi-Sabi Welcome by Julie Pointer Adams

Leafing through Wabi-Sabi Welcome by Julie Pointer Adams

In this episode, Sophie and I share our favourite definitions of wabi-sabi from literature we've read on the subject, and discuss more generally what wabi-sabi means to us and how we're trying to accept and be at peace with imperfection in our own lives.

Listen to learn more about the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and how to embrace the perfectly imperfect.

Episode Breakdown

  • 01:17 - Jump for Joys! Find out what's been making Miranda and Sophie happy lately.
  • 04:45 - From Our Listeners - Sophie and Miranda share feedback and interesting remarks from T&T listeners. 
  • 06:48 - Miranda introduces the main discussion. 
  • 08:38 - How Sophie and Miranda define wabi-sabi.
  • 11:49 - Why wabi-sabi is important for a happy mindset. 
  • 14:37 - How to cultivate a wabi-sabi approach to life. 
  • 19:30 - Ways in which Miranda and Sophie have been embracing imperfection in their lives.
  • 28:08 - Culture Corner! Find out the recent Tea & Tattle cultural favourites. 

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 - Miranda and Sophie

Your Thoughts

Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, we love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know:

What do you think of the wabi-sabi way of living? Does it strike a chord with you, and would you like to become less of a perfectionist?

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Tune into to Tea & Tattle next Tuesday, when Miranda is in conversation with Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of the recently published, The Secret Sisterhood, which examines the literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

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