Emotional Wabi Sabi: What Does That Mean?

We have been promoting our class “Emotional Wabi Sabi” with Life Coach Stace Christianson this week. Many of you may be wondering what Wabi Sabi is. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic in art that focuses on highlighting the imperfections, the irregularities, the rough patches. They believe that the imperfections are what make something beautiful.

It is also called kintsukuroi, which means “to repair with gold.” It is the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken. According to Barbara Bloom, “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.”

In terms of an emotional philosophy, Wabi Sabi is about acceptance of life’s imperfections. It embraces the fact that we are all “broken” in some ways. Instead of hiding the brokeness, Wabi Sabi seeks to strengthen the damaged spaces, highlight the healing process, and accept where we are and where we know we will be eventually.

In her course, Stace delivers a powerful discussion on developing emotional awareness that will allow you to create an environment that is safe, nurturing, and growth-minded. She delivers thoughtful instruction on empowering yourself through emotional awareness.

She covers 4 areas of emotional development: Connections, Beliefs, Choices, and Boundaries. Your emotions are constantly speaking to you. It is through the interpretation of your emotions where you will find the power you need to live an authentic and fulfilling life.

Course topics include:

  • Emotional Imperfection & Impermanence
  • Emotional Disconnection & Reconnection
  • Identifying Values & Beliefs
  • Choices
  • Internal Boundaries
  • External Boundaries

People shy away from brokeness. They think broken means defective, unwanted, not enough. But Wabi Sabi says that broken is beautiful. Broken is powerful and matters. Broken is a vehicle for wholeness. In the end we are all broken, but we don’t have to stay in pieces. We can be whole again.


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