7 precious pieces of advice from the kintsugi experts

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The COVID pandemic has affected all of us in some shape or form. The degree of suffering is different, but no one has gone unscathed. The challenge for many of us has been either loss of income or change in circumstances. Add to that the isolation and bereavement and we are looking at major mental health impacts on a global scale. Anxiety, insomnia and in worst case scenarios alcohol and drug use all come rushing in as a result.

There is a search for deeper meaning in the middle of this crisis. For personal healing and meaning. Some have discovered a new hobby to fill their hours of isolation an ancient craft that contains an extraordinary philosophy that has much to teach us as we navigate the complex trials of life since 2020.

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. It illustrates the idea that damaged and broken objects may be repaired and be made beneficial again with a redemptive purpose that honours the lines of damage rather than concealing them. The Japanese have incorporated the concept of Kintsugi in their personal lives as they prefer seeing beauty in imperfections.

“Kintsugi symbolizes how we must incorporate our wounds into who we are, rather than try to merely repair and forget them.”

David Wong.

Following are a few useful learnings that we can see in Kintsugi and incorporate them in our daily lives.

  1. Change is Constant: Accept & Mold it Like Kintsugi :Individuals typically need steady, smooth and stable lives. They dread change as it frequently implies misfortune and hazard. Kintsugi accepts that each change is another chance for individuals to improve their lives. Tolerating the change effectively would help us adjust our viewpoints. Furthermore, this chance would permit us to encounter something new and to develop and advance personally.

“Change is the only constant in life.”

  1. Follow the Kintsugi Way to Self-Confidence and Happiness:Kintsugi sees emotional strength as made up of abilities and processes. If we accept and dominate these traits, they can show us how to be content and allow us to manage the problems in our daily lives. Accordingly, Navarro highlights the need to endlessly support our emotional strength. To continue to add and adapt routines that help us feel more grounded and certain when confronting difficulties in our day to day lives.

“Emotional strength is the set of resources available to us when tackling challenges and problems. Most people suffer due to the accumulation of minor problems rather than just one single adversity.”

Tomás Navarro
  1. Practice Kintsugi by Cleansing Yourself of Impurities Even when Broken:At its centre, the demonstration of Kintsugi is tied in with accepting your imperfections and your torment – however that doesn’t mean you have to hold on to them. If we hold on to our misery, we leave the doorway open for detrimental and destructive feelings. Outrage, hatred, and disappointment provide no benefits and keep us down. To continue and ‘remake’ ourselves, we need to perceive those sentiments and how they affect us. Once done, leave them behind and move quickly and more firmly.
  1. Kintsugi Teaches us to Embrace Imperfection: Life is muddled, unstable and far from flawless. We should accept flaws and discover the magnificence and credibility in it. In Japan, this thought is known as wabi-sabi. Kintsugi well-being portrays a few different ways to welcome more wabi-sabi into your life. Practice clemency, stop equating yourself with others. Embrace simplicity and modesty, don’t run after material things you can do without. This will not only make your life easier and less complicated but also eliminate the feelings of insecurity and demotivation.

“I think that’s the most beautiful thing about being confident – just loving yourself, not caring what everybody else thinks. Because you could be Mother Teresa, and people are still going to try to find some imperfection.”

Joanna Krupa
  1. Kintsugi Shows us a Pathway to Resilience: At the point when circumstances of life break us into pieces, Kintsugi urges us to see the magnificence of assembling the messed-up pieces. Once in a while, during the time spent picking and fixing these wrecked pieces, we set up our lives by remaking something seriously dazzling. This way of thinking trains us to be strong regardless of life challenges, so we can be better forms of ourselves with the entirety of our golden cracks.
  1. Patience is A Way of Life With Kintsugi: Fixing broken pottery by retouching the broken parts requires a lot of tolerance. Life’s issues can wait. Some problems may reoccur while others can radiate from the current issue you’re addressing. When that happens, you should show restraint. Don’t rush to act on impulse but by the same token don’t delay either. Take the time to think things through and have confidence in yourself.

“Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead.”

Mary Pierce
  1. Like Kitsugi, Use Support to Mend: In the quest for emotional wellbeing, rest assured that we are in good company. At times, dejection and misery leads us to think that nobody will help us, or we don’t want to burden anyone. We usually prefer not to disturb others with our problems and anxieties.

Yet, that ought not to be the situation. In Kintsugi, you can make use of pieces that formed parts of other broken items, to fill in the cracks. These filler pieces enhance and polish the end result. The equivalent is valid for our emotional injuries. We need to seek out our companions for help. Welcome, a confidante or a colleague to your home to drink espresso and chat. Incorporate your loved ones into your life, alongside every individual who is a motivation to you, in your personal or professional life.

Experts recommend that adopting the idea of Kintsugi in personal lives could make life much simpler and more beautiful. The concept of Wabi-Sabi urges us to acknowledge our “imperfections” and remember the theory of Kintsugi to keep ourselves motivated. Like Marie says, wabi-sabi is “experiencing beauty in simplicity and calmness – and is considered a virtue in Japanese society.”