Have you ever felt so unbelievably broken that it actually hurts you to breathe? That even the smallest steps feel like the biggest mountains to climb and like you’ll never find yourself or your passion for life again?
If you have, then please know that you are not alone.
So many of us go through extremely challenging times in our lives that can make us feel like we are broken beyond repair, that our pain is so overwhelming we cannot see a way of ever getting through it. Please know that I understand this pain, and the strength that it takes to work your way back out the other side of it again, sometimes more than once.
I want to share with you something that I have found really profound when it comes to looking at something broken and seeing it as beautiful again – it is called Kintsugi.
So what is Kintsugi you ask? Well it’s a very ancient Japanese art of putting broken pieces of pottery back together with gold to form a new, even more stunning work of art. It highlights the flaws, marks, scars and broken pieces of the pottery and embraces and allows them to shine in a new light.
It is a beautiful metaphor and reminder to us all that just because we feel that we are broken, we are not beyond repair. Through using our own version of ‘gold’ – strength, dedication, healing and self-love – we are able to stick our pieces back together and create a new, more resilient, unique, beautiful and stronger version of ourselves. We may be covered in physical or emotional scars as part of our healing, but that’s ok, it’s all part of our journey and our scars are what make us unique and amazing.
I share this with you all in the hope that if you are going through a difficult time in your life, and you feel like you are carrying damaged pieces of you around in your hands and you don’t know what to do with them – there is hope.
You can slowly start working on what makes you happy again one small step at a time by surrounding yourself with people that are good for your soul, singing out loud, dancing, hugging, laughing, praying, crying, seeing a healer or therapist, growing, releasing and healing yourself piece by piece.
Eventually before you know it you’ll look down into your hands and expect to see those broken pieces and you will actually see a beautiful new piece of pottery that is breathtakingly flawed, strong and stunning.