Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…


Here’s a good expression of Wabi-Sabi, the aesthetic I feel most called to.


Wabi Sabi


The ancient followers of the Tao
were subtle, mysterious, and penetrating.
They were too deep to be fathomed.
All we can do is describe their appearance.
Hesitant, as if crossing a winter stream.
Watchful, as if aware of neighbors on all sides.
Respectful, like a visiting guest.
Yielding, like ice beginning to melt.
Simple, like an uncarved block.
Open, like a valley.
Obscure, like muddy water.


Who else can be still and let the muddy water
slowly become clear?

Who else can remain at rest and slowly come to life?


Those who hold fast to the Tao
do not try to fill themselves to the brim.
Because they do not try to be full
they can be worn out and yet ever new.

— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 15

I found this on, one of my favorite daily readings.



One response to “Wabi-Sabi…

  1. suburbanlife March 20, 2007 at 11:53 am

    aesthetic… yes… but also approach to life and living…yields to much more satisfaction…

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