About Wabi

Wabi’s mission is to inspire and entertain, represent and resource, a fast-growing culture of authentic relating.  It serves people who value exquisite human connection; who actively cultivate vulnerability, sincerity, openness, and courage, in face-to-face relationships.  We present and connect you with thought leaders from around the world whose words and techniques, and many whose lives, inspire individual growth, rich communities, and the evolution of humanity through powerfully real relationships.  Wabi is an independent online magazine; we preference quality of content over quantity.

 

Why is it called ‘Wabi’?

A woman I love dearly, and I, when we first started to notice some difficulties in our partnership, took up saying, ‘Oh.. wabi sabi us!’  Always with a tender smile.  For us, it’s an endearment- a way of letting it be ok when there are some sticky spots in our relationship.  A gentle reminder that it’s not ‘perfect’ and doesn’t have to be.  Wabi sabi is a Japanese-born aesthetic that cherishes the beauty of items that are imperfect.  A realization that in fact, it’s often the so-called imperfection, fragility, or vulnerability of a thing that helps to make it so beautiful.  There’s a related art, where a broken teacup or pottery piece is repaired with gold filling.  This strengthens the integrity of the piece, and emphasizes, even asserts, the beauty of the cracks.  I believe people are stronger and lovelier for our ‘cracks’ too.  That we relate with ourselves and each other much better, when we simply allow for this.  When we own it!  A wabi person (wabikiko) can be described as…  ‘free of heart’.

The teacup logo is intended to evoke the tea ceremony, a ritual of sharing, where very mindful care is taken- of guest and host, the meeting place, the conversation, and the gift of tea.  Likewise, wabi sabi implies taking care.  A wabi sabi thing isn’t merely ragged, shabby or unkempt, it earns the description usually because it’s been well-tended for a long time.  I hope the image entreats you (and me) to be more aware, to be fully present when we’re together, and from there to grow, to take great care of each other in all manner of relationships- romantic or sexual, friends or community, family, or business.

Warmly,

-B. Courtney Burrell, Editor-In-Chief.

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