When life breaks you down, there is a new beauty to be found in healing and rebuilding…
Is it possible to be even more beautiful after being broken?
In Japan, the practice of kintsugi (meaning “golden joinery” or “golden rejoining”) takes broken ceramics and repairs them with a mixture of lacquer and gold, silver or platinum dust. Practiced since the late 15th century, the kintsugi technique has been used countless times to rebuild and resurrect damaged pottery transforming it into new and even more beautiful masterpieces.
Instead of seeing a broken vase as something that has been used up, good for nothing and ready to be discarded, the master kintsugi artist sees the potential in the shards of misfortune.
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The artist sees what is possible, rather than what is impossible.
Instead of an ending, the artist sees a new beginning.
As a philosophy, kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to be disguised. Our wounds, trials, and heartaches need not be only destructive, but they can also be constructive. As we allow ourselves to heal and embrace our experiences as being part of who we are, we can begin to see the beauty in what we have become… cracks and all.
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So, next time life breaks you down refuse to remain broken, and allow yourself to embrace a new, beautiful beginning!