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Welcome to Still In The Stream, a website to explore sabi, Wu-wei, poetry, and letting go.

For 7 years, from 2007 to 2014, I spent most of my spare time paddling 100 lakes on Vancouver Island seeking sabi in the ancient tradition of kanjaku. Kanjaku is a Japanese word that joins leisure or idleness (kan) with loneliness or stillness (jaku). Lonely idling, or leisurely stillness. This was the term that the renowned Japanese poet Basho declared should be the state in which “one’s mind should stay.”

Peipei Qiu writes in Basho and the Dao, “Sabishisa in Basho’s poems is often not a landscape infused with the sentiment of loneliness but the fundamental tranquility found in the harmonious fusion of the external world and the poetic mind.” Not merely loneliness, sabi is the clear awareness possible in solitude. In this state nature is accurately perceived through the serenity of poetic vision.

I believe that sabi can be a source of strength and meaning for people who have turned from self-deception, delusion, and wishful thinking to face what is. Sabi helps us feel all the emotions that come with living an unvarnished life. I hope you find a welcomed difference here. Please feel free to comment and engage me in discussion. I’m interested in hearing from others who have found this obscure but satisfying way of being, still in the stream.

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  1. Richard, thank you very much for your research! I was inspired by the book “Wabi Sabi – the path of simplicity.” It is a pity that in Russia it is the only book that can help start the search for ways of Wabi Sabi in my own life. Now I want to read this site! Please continue your research! If possible, I’d love to chat with you!

    1. Hi Yuriy, I just found your comment after being pre-occupied by other things for about a year. I’m currently writing a book, so the research of sabi, wabi sabi, and all things related continues. Your URL looks defunct. Are you still around?

  2. Hello Richard, I am so pleased to have stumbled over some rocks in the stream and found myself face-to-face with your blog site. I read your two Wabi Sabi books often, as part of my daily meditations. I give them to others regularly. (have to find them used online)
    I’m very excited that you are continuing to write books. We need them down here in the States more than ever! Carry on! Charlene

    1. Hi Charlene, I am very touched to hear that you are regularly reading my wabi sabi books. You must have an interesting journey to be so thoughtful and deliberate about wabi sabi. I have been watching the events, political and otherwise, in the States of late and it has guided my own reflections. Cultivating openness and an acceptance of impermanence is part of the solution to carrying on during such times. I hope you find what you need in the midst of all this!

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