Integrative Approaches to Mastering Wellness

Putting the broken pieces back together

Oct 24, 2023

“Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break is unique and instead of repairing an item like new, the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the "scars" as a part of the design. Using this as a metaphor for healing ourselves teaches us an important lesson: Sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient.”

I think this is such a beautiful art form. Many of us walk with deep scars. We hide them. We hope that no one will notice them. We shy away from talking about them.

What if these scars... and the vulnerability and growth they represented... were actually our greatest gifts? What would happen if we all shared our pain, our hurts, our lessons - what would that world look like? I can't help but imagine that there would be a place where we would all feel a little less lonely. We would all feel a little more supported. There would be more compassion. It feels like a world in which we can breathe just a little more easily.

For those of you who may be carrying scars - seen or unseen - I'm sending you love and compassion.

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