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Wabi-Sabi, Wu-Wei, and the future of this blog

I discovered two scintillating videos from the team at The School of LifeWabi Sabi and Wu Wei. If you’ve studied or have read about Eastern Philosophy, you would know these two concepts are quite central to the core teachings.

Is the Japanese philosophy of accepting your imperfections while making the most of life.

“Wabi” means rustic simplicity or understated elegance. It’s the genesis of the “less is more” school of thought.

“Sabi” translates to taking pleasure in the imprefect.

Wikipedia has a slightly alternative view on the concept:
Over time, the meanings of wabi and sabi shifted to become more lighthearted and hopeful. Around 700 years ago, particularly among the Japanese nobility, understanding emptiness and imperfection was honored as tantamount to the first step to satori, or enlightenment. In today’s Japan, the meaning of wabi-sabi is often condensed to “wisdom in natural simplicity”. In art books, it is typically defined as “flawed beauty”.

But I think this School of Life video explains it the best:

Is a Confucian concept for statecraft and governance that literally translates to “inexertion”, “inaction”, or “effortless action”. In other words, a state of flow. Or going with the flow without any resisance.

For me, it’s to be present in the spirit of things by feeling the spirit of it myself.

Wu wei involves letting go of ideals that we may otherwise try to force too violently onto things; it invites us instead to respond to the true demands of situations, which tend only to be noticed when we put our own ego-driven plans aside. What can follow is a loss of self-consciousness, a new unity between the self and its environment, which releases an energy that is normally held back by an overly aggressive, wilful style of thinking.

This video captures the essence of the modern thought for Wu-Wei and might resonate better.

The Future of this Blog
Is looking pretty good! I’m committed to showing up daily to write but posting it online is something I’ve been failing on a continual basis. In fact, it’s been that one constant since I starting blogging everyday. Right now, this project has become more like — a daily blog updated twice a week! And yet, it remains one of the things I’m deeply passionate about.

I think of it as a blend of Wabi-Sabi and Wu-Wei all rolled in one as I continue to pursue excellence while struggling with my routine, sleep cycle, business, work, and everything in between. But, the good news is that I’m slowly crawling back into the old way of doing things with an expectation that life will be rocky for the next little while as COVID-19 continues to create a ruckus.

What I intend to do in the next couple of months is the following:

  1. Post everyday (as in literally, or at least try to). Not that I said “post” and not “write,” because I do write everyday. For some reason, I don’t make the effort to copy and paste the content from the word processor to the WordPress site!
  2. Create a YouTube channel to share and upload workshops, modules, and concepts in vLog style (I love the authenticity of a vlog and wouldn’t want to do anything else) on a weekly basis. Plan to increase frequency as I get more comfortable with the medium. (I definitely am camera shy!)
  3. Upload the same videos on LinkedIn and this blog (in another page, perhaps?) for greater traction.
  4. Strip off the audio from the video and upload it to my Podcast platform. I need to get on with my Podcast because I love to do it, just hate the editing process! It’s so time consuming.
  5. Record my mastermind training workshops and put it online in a members-only area in the website.

Phew, that sounds like a lot of work! But leading with value is the whole reason I’m doing what I’m doing. And so far, I’m loving it!