Mono no aware

Literally translated, “Mono no aware” means “the pathos of things,” but it is also translated as having empathy toward things and ephemera – in other words, what is fleeting. It is having an awareness of impermanence and feeling sentiments such as wistfulness at what has been and is no longer and thus appreciating ever-constant change and the reality of life. The term has also been referred to as “the ‘ahh-ness’ of things” in life, love and the universe.