Monday, December 12, 2011

Are You Wabi Sabi?

I was reading a book titled "Walking Home" by Lynn Schooler, and in it the author uses the term wabi sabi.
Claiborne House B&B is wabi sabi
What is wabi sabi and where did the idea originate

So go ahead and click on that link above if you would like to know what wabi sabi means.  Read to the end as it will all come together.

Excerpt: "They discovered that the way of tea enriched their own faith because it provided a concrete example of selfless attention to others. By learning to serve so well that you no longer need to think about what you are doing, you are free to focus on your guests.

Sabi is a word that originated in Japanese poetry. It expresses the feeling you get in the autumn when the geese are flying south and the leaves are falling. It is a sort of somber longing that is felt in the muted colors and earthy aroma of a forest preparing for winter. This melancholy ache is a sort of hopeful sadness that recognizes that nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is finished, but that even so, life is full of meaning. The complete term ‘wabi sabi’ describes a way of life practiced by those who notice and appreciate the significant moments of each day, live fully in each change of season, and connect with nature and those around them in meaningful and gentle ways." 

Along the same lines, I have a favorite quote here at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast I like to share with guests:

"Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God." -Mary Mannin Morrisey


Life is too short for bad coffee...Shellie your innkeeper @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, VA - Blue Ridge Country! You can book your room online at any time right here

The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is 15 miles to three exits off The Blue Ridge Parkway.  We are located at the half-way point of this beloved road in Virginia, exit at MP 121.  We were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor - click here to see our certificate.

*The Franciscan Carafe in the image is for sale. I collect these carafes, but wanted to share this one WITH LID intact I saw for sale. Click here to see where and how to purchase. I used this image as serving tea/serving coffee it is all hospitality and serving others...wabi sabi at The Claiborne House, and the changing of the leaves...