Your past informs your present. It is a gift (the present) and learning to live in that abundant space is why this website is here. Kintsugi Living allows you to honor the cracks in the road, beautifying them with golden memories rather than allowing the weeds to fester and grow untamed.
Kintsugi (金継ぎ?, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い?, きんつくろい, “golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
Not only is there no attempt to hide the damage, but the repair is literally illuminated… a kind of physical expression of the spirit of mushin….Mushin is often literally translated as “no mind,” but carries connotations of fully existing within the moment, of non-attachment, of equanimity amid changing conditions. …The vicissitudes of existence over time, to which all humans are susceptible, could not be clearer than in the breaks, the knocks, and the shattering to which ceramic ware too is subject. This poignancy or aesthetic of existence has been known in Japan as mono no aware, a compassionate sensitivity, or perhaps identiﬁcation with, [things] outside oneself.
— Christy Bartlett, Flickwerk: The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics
Rather than disguise (read: “bury”) our breaks caused by past situations, we learn to honor our history. We apply the Japanese philosophy of mushin to our lives, become unattached to the pain of the past, accept change as part and parcel of our journey, and heal. The Self is the physical object and by performing kintsugi on our own selves, we develop “a compassionate sensitivity, or perhaps identification with, [things] outside oneself.”
Kintsugi Living is how I choose to spend my days. Through art + words I honor the broken bits in my life and re-join them to make my Self whole again. You can too and I would be honored to share Kintsugi LIving with you in order that you can transcend to your Authentic Self. For more information on who I am, please go here.