About Wabi

Wabi’s mission is to inspire and entertain, represent and resource, a fast-growing new global culture.  One which values exquisite human connection, actively cultivating vulnerability, sincerity, courage, and authenticity in relationships.  We present and connect you with thought leaders from around the world whose words and techniques, many whose very 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 romantic 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 things that are imperfect.  It’s an understanding 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 form, 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 we people are stronger and lovelier for our ‘cracks’ too.  That the world is a better place, that we relate with ourselves and each other much better, when we simply allow for this.  When we just own it!  It may come as no surprise that a wabi person (wabikiko) can be described as ‘free of heart’.

The teacup image 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. Wabi sabi also implies skillful care.  A wabi sabi thing isn’t merely ragged, shabby or unkempt- it’s ‘wabi sabi’ usually because it’s been well-tended for a long time.  I hope the image calls you (and me) to be more aware, to be fully present when we’re together, and from there to grow, to skillfully care for each other in all manner of relationships- be they romantic or sexual, friends or community, family, or business.


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

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