The Danish Hygge trend is so last year! This year celebs say the new trend is the Japanese wabi-sabi.
Jennifer Alba, and rapper Will.I.Am have been praising the benefits of this concept based on Zen Buddhism. Twitter billionaire Jack Dorsey also has taken on this trendy new lifestyle hack.
In 2016, the Danish lifestyle concept called the Hygge was all the rage. Celebs and regular people were curling up in front of the fire with a mug of hot cocoa and just relaxing.
However, 2017 is set to be the year of wabi-sabi! Jessica Alba totally swears by the practice. She says that she has a tactile and earthy personality, so the philosophy really appeals to her. Nevertheless, she says she will not be going “tree-hugger” as a result.
Zen Buddhism Lite
It appears as though wabi-sabi is like Zen Buddhism Lite. It picks small concepts from the complex philosophy and makes them bite size. The average person doesn’t have to opt out of the modern world and change their entire lifestyle.
A person can indulge in small and meaningful rituals. They can begin to become mindful of alternative ways of perceiving the world. We live in a fast-paced world, and this is the new trend that will teach you how to switch off from reality.
Author Andrew Juniper has explained exactly what it means in his book “Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence“. He claims that wabi-sabi is about noticing the simple beauty in your life. It asks you to slow down and appreciate the small details.
Juniper states in his book:
“Wabi-sabi is an intuitive appreciation of transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things”
The loose translation of wabi-sabi does little justice to its true meaning. Wabi means simplicity, and sari means the beauty that comes with vintage or wear. The tea ritual involves using bowls deliberately chosen for their cracks or misshapenness.
How You Can Hack Your Life With The Wabi-Sabi Trend
If you want to enjoy the benefits of wabi-sabi you can take the time to be mindful of its concepts. Below are some ideas to get you started:
The beauty associated with youth is fleeting. Notice the smile on your grandmother’s face and the light of beauty that fills you with peace. Appreciate the gentle wilting of a rose as it begins to lose its luster.
The western obsession with perfect order and shiny gadgets can lead to anxiety. Notice a crack in the paintwork, and appreciate it’s aesthetic. Purchase some second-hand furniture that fills you with nostalgia or sentimentality.
Perfect and crisply ironed clothing can leave one feeling generic and sterile. Appreciate the frays in your favorite wooly sweater. Put a quirky patch over a tear in some jeans. Don’t be a slave to fashion.
The benefits of healthy eating are already well known. But wabi-sabi takes it to a new level. Take time over picking produce at the greengrocer. The carrots and aubergines may be out of shape, but take the time to be grateful for their nourishment.
Work these days is at high speed with crazy deadlines that have us reaching for the Xanax. Sometimes it can feel like you are in a fish bowl and you forget why you are working in the first place. Take time to meditate over the bigger picture. Also observe more closely your co-workers. See their quirks in a different light.
The modern world is very narcissistic. Advertising and marketing are begging you to think about what you are lacking. They invent ways in which you can feel like you are inadequate. Everyone feels it, not just you. Take time to feel complete. And more importantly, appreciate the completeness of others. Feel gratitude for the multitude of gifts people give you every day. Smiles, courtesies and shared warm memories.