Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese art form in which broken and damaged ceramics are repaired with a gold, silver or platinum lacquer, ultimately restoring the object into an exquisite masterpiece.
There is a powerful sense of resurrection and hope in the Kintsugi art form. It is a restorative method that is intriguingly comparable to the healing process in our own lives. When studying a Kintsugi masterpiece, one can’t help but wonder if their own broken pieces of life can be not only restored but transformed into something so marvelous.
If we apply the first step of Kintsugi to real life or ourselves, it is simply to believe in the impossible. No matter how many broken pieces there may be, one can always put them back together. You must believe and make the choice to overcome the self-defeating voices whispering in your ear. No matter how broken, cracked, bruised or scarred, transformation is possible, and it begins with belief.
Then, you must be willing to go through some trial and error - fitting the pieces of your life back together. Understandably, they aren’t going to fit exactly the way they were, and you certainly cannot force a piece into place. Each piece must find its balance and settle in on its own before it can be fully integrated as a part of your new life, your new self. This step requires a lot of patience, awareness and gentleness. The key: Be patient with yourself. Restoration in any form is a process that doesn’t happen overnight.
Keep trying. Keep working. Don’t give up and, in time, you will find the pieces have aligned and are strong in their new resting place. Sit back and admire your handiwork; the devotion and perseverance required to achieve such a task need not go unnoticed! Acknowledge your brokenness and accept each piece in its unique new form. Each beautiful piece represents your individuality and together create the remarkable whole that is your awe-inspiring, renewed masterpiece of life. Enjoy your newfound freedom from suffering. Bask in the glowing dawn of a new day, a new you.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are stronger in the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway
CHALLENGE: Have you ever been broken, beat down, bruised or scarred? If so, how did you heal? If you're still healing, what are some methods that work for you? What masterpiece are you creating?
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