I did a post about Kinsugi – Honoring That Which is Broken a while back but the subject continues to linger on my mind so I thought I’d write about it some more.
Having recently had my heart broken I have done some very deep meditations on what it means to me in the overall context of my existence. I have been hurt a lot during the course of my life, beginning with my Mother’s estrangement from me as a young child and carrying on through my adulthood in what feels like a never-ending series of failed relationships.
I have developed a theory around all this. Believing there are no accidents, I think the Universe knowingly sends people into my life to break my heart over and over because with each new break more light can then shine through the broken places – just like the gold that mends the broken cup.
Perhaps by enduring this at the end of things that’s all I will be – pure light. Isn’t that a beautiful thought?
As a philosophy, Kintsugi can be seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear by the use of an object. This can be seen as a rationale for keeping an object around even after it has broken and as a justification of kintsugi itself, highlighting the cracks and repairs as simply an event in the life of an object rather than allowing its service to end at the time of its damage or breakage.
Honoring that which is broken within me is how I heal myself and grow, ever expanding my spirit into new areas of awareness and being.
Until next time …