This is where the significance of the concept of mono-no aware comes in, believes Tim. He adds “With this mood, acceptance of impermanence and insubstantiality is elevated into an aesthetic sensibility, a state of mind that actually appreciates this ephemerality. This does not mean impermanence is welcomed or celebrated. There is still sadness present in mono no aware, a sorrow at this transiency, of the loss of people and things that are precious to us. However, this melancholy is suffused with quiet rejoicing in the fact that we had the chance to witness the beauty of life at all, however fleetingly.”
The beauty of ephemerality
Life is almost like cherry blossom. It blooms and then it fades away. But it leaves a stunning trail of its beauty which captures our attention before it dissolves forever.
Our appreciation of life, nature, reality, and existence is escalated by our realization of its impermanence and fleetingness. Just like we appreciated the delicate blossoms of sakura.
Make sure you appreciate everything that is special to you because the essence you experience now will soon fade away and it will never be the same again. Everything will come and pass. That is the very truth of reality. But that is not something to be mourned but appreciated.
As our lives change, as things pass, new things will come into our lives and lead to new experiences. Although the cherry blossoms die every year, they bloom again next spring. And that’s how it is in life. Appreciate the moment you are in. Cherish its transience.