Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. This repair method emphasizes the brokenness of the piece by drawing attention to the fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. This special mending gives the pottery even more character and value than before it was broken, bringing new life to the object. It exemplifies the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which calls for finding beauty in the flawed or imperfect.
We are all broken objects in some way shape or form since none of us is perfect. Each of us has experienced some trauma, made drastic mistakes or possess a few character defects. When we launch on our spiritual journey to achieve our highest purpose, we begin our Kintsugi process. Big G (God, Buddha, Great Spirit) is the lacquer that mends our broken parts and makes us even more beautiful and more valuable than before.
When I look at my broken parts, or even just the small cracks, I am critical and denigrating, telling myself I am not good enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough or not successful enough. Then I think about what Big G wants for me, and that is to be the BEST Maria I can be! Great Spirit wants us all to be our best, do our best and serve Him by being of service to others. Would I criticize others the way I criticize myself? Not usually. So I stop myself from that negative talk, remember that I am created by the Almighty and that I am born of Mother Earth so therefore I am beautiful – and even more beautiful because Big G is the golden lacquer that has mended my broken parts and made me more valuable.
It is my belief that through Big G all things are possible and it is only through Big G that I can truly find my passion and fulfill my purpose.
My prayer for each of you today is when you look at yourself in the mirror, you see all the glistening gold that has mended your broken parts and made you priceless!
Be well and Be transformed.