Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken objects with gold lacquer, giving new life to the object that becomes even more refined and valuable because of it’s “scars.”
What if we treated our own scars as golden?
What if our wrinkles were kintsugi?
What if any unwanted and painful experience was kintsugi?
The practice of kintsugi can suggest many things, that in repairing and healing we become even more valuable and resilient.
It suggests that learning to cope with traumatic events in a positive way will lead to greater beauty that is at peace with the past.
It speaks to this tradition as well that the healed crack to repaired with gold.
Not glue or duct tape, gold!
And gold doesn’t hide the damage done. It displays it for all the world to see.
Kintsugi teaches that broken is not the end.
Broken is the beginning, the the final and long awaited taste of liberty to recreate oneself whole in one’s own image.
What does Kintsugi say to you?