In Japanese, “Mono No Aware” is the ephemeral nature of things. The idea that what makes something it all the more beautiful is the fact that it will fade. The shiny is not always shiny. The muscles get softer, the skin sags, the piece of music get sung like this once and only once. The young will not be young forever. The strong will not be strong forever.
The idea that things are most beautiful and precious because they won’t last is quite powerful if you let it be. It’s all the most beautiful because it’s gone in a moment. A moment and time has changed. The fragility of life that makes it all the more compelling.
How can this idea of ephemeral enter our lives and make it all the more precious. What decisions would we have altered if we were very aware of MONO NO AWARE, the ephemeral nature of things. What risk would we have taken, what grudges might we have let go of sooner, what kisses and numbers would we have given?
If you find joy and value in what I do and share, please consider supporting with a recurring or one time donation of your choosing, between a cup of coffee and some Trader Joe's snacks. Donate here.