Finding Beauty Through The Cracks
"The ancient Japanese art of mending broken objects with gold teaches us that if we choose to embrace our struggles and repair ourselves with love and kindness (gold) we become more beautiful for having been broken."
First Thing First
None of us go through life unscathed. Together as we learn to embrace adversity and heal our unique wounds, we become more resilient, more able to deal with life's challenges, more BEAUTIFUL.
And Now This
It’s possible to give a new lease of life to pottery by repairing it, which becomes even more refined thanks to its “scars.” The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but display with pride.
Finally This Happens
As we learn to apply this kintsugi technique to our personal scars, each with its own story and beauty, thanks to the unique cracks formed with breaks as if they were wounds that leave different marks on each of us. As we embrace these scars, we see that they add value and beauty to our life story.
"There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" - L. Cohen
"This made me so strong. I was always devastated by not having a perfect upbringing, but now I know that difficulties made me the person I am today." -Steve
These kintsugi bowls are exactly what has helped me to change how I view myself. Instead of seeing myself as broken, I now find it easier to accept and appreciate that every crack gives me value. I am not broken, but I am better than new. I am beautiful. I am art.
What a beautifully thought-provoking course! I can really relate to this. After this course, my thoughts on the broken parts of my self have radically changed. They are not weaknesses. They are beautiful.
"WOW! this is wonderful, and I think you can help many people love themselves by mending their shattered pieces. Very inspirational. You two amaze me."