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Wabi Sabi (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

T. Scott McLeod

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Présentation de l'éditeur

IN THE MISTS OF THE MORNING, I HAVE MET MY DEATH

A samurai spirit with a blade of words, I have roamed plains of consciousness, seeking truth and slaying illusions. All is impermanent, imperfect, and incomplete. In the vast river of existence, there is a serene melancholy and a spiritual longing which pervades all. Yet all is not lost, for it is only in being lost, that we are found. It is only in imperfection, that we find perfection; in brokenness, the unbroken. We are necessarily confused, before we are clear. That which is lasting, and perfect, and beautiful surrounds us, all of the time. As a young man in Japan, I learned the great philosophy of Wabi-Sabi: rustic simplicity, quietness, and understated elegance combined with the patina of beauty and serenity that comes with age. Wisdom is to be found in natural simplicity; beauty in that which is flawed. May you find them, too, my good friend, here in these words: The Bushido Poems of a Samurai Warrior of The Spirit.

Biographie de l'auteur

I write because of the fragility of our existence. I write because it's my answer to impermanence. I write because it helps me stay connected to my heart. I write because we’re all different, and so much the same. I write because the world needs more tenderness. I write because I'm tired of secrets. I write because it’s my path to redemption. I write because I've forsaken those that I love. I write because I want to know myself. I write because I want to know you. I write because I'm drawn towards things I shouldn't do. I write because every flower is meant to bloom. I write because life is full of paradoxes. I write because I’ve had to leave friends behind. I write because it's my form of prayer. I write because, when I write, I lose track of time. I write because I've walked dark streets looking for love. I write because of the way the sublime slips away from words. I write because of the twice shy part of once burned. I write because it helps me learn. I write because there are plenty of people who have written, famous well-published people, literary figures, literary giants, and I didn't like what they wrote. I write because I'm always telling myself stories anyhow. I write because I don't know all of the reasons I write. I write for you. I write. I write. I write.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 191 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 139 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1481966170
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  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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AN INTERVIEW WITH MYSELF
This interview first appeared in my head October 30th, 2009

How long have you been writing?

Who am I? How can I ask myself questions?

There are people who want to know, the audience.

I've been writing since sixth grade. I'm prolifically unpublished.

Why do you write?

I write because I want to know how it turns out. I write because it's my answer to impermanence. I write because I don't feel like I have a choice. I write because writing helps me know myself. I write because writing keeps me in touch with my humanity and the humanity of this world. I write because suffering is as beautiful and as natural to life as winter is to summer and spring is to fall. I write because writing helps me not to feel alone. I write so others will know that they are not alone. I write because it moves me. I write because writing is a gateway to my heart.

Nice. That was nice. Thanks.

You're welcome.

What do you write about?

What gives life meaning? How can we live more fully and with more happiness?

That's it?

I have found this to be pervasive, in myself and in others, that there's this feeling of not being good enough, this feeling of inadequacy, of insufficiency, of deficiency, as if this moment isn't enough, as if we're not enough, as if we're trying to get somewhere before we can rest and be happy. If only we could do this or if only we could get that, then we could rest and truly enjoy life. It's as if we're always putting it off, trying to get to some perfect destination. How can we live more fully and with more enjoyment? This is what interests me. I write about people realizing the ways in which they have been their own worst enemies, then realizing that they are also their own best friends. I write about the great abyss that all of us are standing before and how we look at it. I write about loss. Of course, what I'm writing about, is my own heart. The struggles, joys, difficulties, loves and hardships of my own heart.

Why are you putting your work here?

I'm not good at targeting the right market and then sending my writing to the right person. That doesn't interest me. I just want to write. The business of writing, well, it's a lot of business. I don't want to be in business. I want to write. What wants to be written is what gets written. In publishing, there seems to be a lot of formula writing and guessing about what certain markets might want. Literary agents and publishers, they're like junkies at the race-track, trying to figure out which horse is going to be the next winner. They want authors with established markets. They want people who are famous. They want books like other books that have already done well. I'm interested in being authentic. I'm not interested in being like somebody else. I just want to write. This is me. This is my writing. I have no idea what genre I would fit in. I don't think literary agents (laughing) or publishing houses do either. Maybe if I sell a lot of books here, then they'll be interested in publishing me. I'm not worried about it. If it's meant to happen, it will happen. That's not what it's about for me. I enjoyed writing these stories. They entertained me and I hope they entertain others. They helped me learn about life, helped me come to terms with different aspects of life, and I hope they help others too. If others read these stories and enjoy them and learn some things along the way too, then that's great. That's all that matters.

What's the next step for your writing?

I'd like to find an editor. Everything I've written is very raw. That's good in its own way. It's pure. It's straight from my heart, but I'm very much not an editor. I'm a writer. To me they're two very different jobs. I write and just let it all come out. I write and I just cry my eyes out. I like that, and that's fine with me, but I can also appreciate the value of an editor. A lot of people, when they write, they get caught in trying to make it perfect, somehow better, going over the same line, trying to find the best word, and then they just get all stymied and never get anywhere. They don't get that flow. I just let it go. The words come out. The story comes to life. But sometimes it gets long and a little windy. I can see how an editor could make these stories better, trim them up and take off a little of that fat, but that's not a job I'm interested in on my own. I need someone who knows that editing job. Maybe, in time, that person will come along. I'm putting it out there.

Are you working on any current projects?

Always. Until I'm dead.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A self-reflecting read... 9 avril 2013
Par Bishoujo Senshi - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I purchased this book by accident. Well, no, that's not entirely true. I used Amazon Prime's "Borrow" feature, and I used it on this book by accident. It actually wasn't the book I was even looking for, a different Wabi Sabi, actually. I figured since I bought it, I should give it a chance anyway.

Having just came back from Japan and I found myself thirsting for more about it's culture and ways of life. About finding perfection in imperfection. About looking inward to look outward. At first, I was a bit thrown off by the book because of the writing style (which I've actually come to like) but as I moved on, I simply could not put it down. It's a quick read, but at just about every other page, Mcleod's words were able to describe things that I myself think, yet somehow was not able to manage into words.

How brilliant is that? It's rare for me to read something and truly relate to my core, but somehow, Wabi Sabi was a destined accident for me. As a matter of fact, after I finished reading my borrowed copy, I purchased it outright. There's so many self-reflective gems in there to go back, highlight, re-read, ponder, and so on. I'm going to look into Mcleod's other books because in my opinion, the hardships he imposes on his characters are something I am very familiar with. Having to look inward and questioning everything, and seeking happiness in all the choices you make. Finding beauty and love in existence, in one's self and all things around.

I truly enjoyed this book and will keep it around for those times when my mind gets cloudy. It left me uplifted in the sense that I was able to connect an emotion to a feeling and then some. So many grand gems in such a little book.
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