There is a beautiful Japanese practice called Kintsukuroi, which is the art of restoring broken pottery and ceramic objects with gold lacquer. A seemingly perfect pot is broken and then recreated to embrace the mended flaws and become something even more exquisite than the original product. Rather than the cause of its destruction, the visible cracks and seams in kintsukuroi simply represent an event that happened in the life of the object.
This technique encompasses other powerful Japanese teachings:
- wabi-sabi ~ seeing beauty in the flawed or imperfect
- mottainai ~ the feeling which expresses regret when something is wasted
- mushin ~ the acceptance of change
How many bumps, cracks and breaks have you experienced in your life? And have you ever tried to hide these experiences and the vulnerabilities that accompany them – so that you can cover the evidence of how flawed you actually are?
I sure have.
And I know it has never felt good.
How about choosing another narrative? How about choosing to see these experiences for what they are: our golden seams.
The challenges of life have been exactly that. Challenging. You have learned. You have grown. And you have become more resilient. Our challenges most often transform into our strengths. Our inevitable and temporary breaking is not something to hide.
So as you reflect on your equally imperfect and magnificent life, what are your golden seams? Just hit reply to drop me a note, I’d love to hear more of your story.
love & pranams,