“Contrary to what we may have been taught to think, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us, but need not scar us for life. It does mark us. What we allow the mark of our suffering to become is in our own hands.” ~bell hooks
This really gets to the essence of kintsugi living, doesn’t it? We always have the choice of “what we allow the mark of our suffering to become.” We can choose to find (and become) the gold of healing.
“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” ~Xan Oku
It’s easy to get so caught up in the challenges of life’s rain storms that we miss the flowers that result. Kintsugi living is all about learning to seek out and appreciate the flowers in our lives.
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“There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
This seems to me to be a very kintsugi-like way of looking at things. What kind of lotus is growing from the “mud” in your life?
“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.” ~Brennan Manning
So many of us have been taught that our wounds are signs of weakness or defectiveness on our part, but wounds are a normal part of living. They are nothing to be ashamed of or to hide.
When we release these messages of shame that we have gotten from our culture, we create space for healing to take place and, in the process, for our own healing to spread to those around us.
This is what living a kintsugi life is all about!