One of my favorite tea cups is cracked and chipped...
and one of my favorite vases is also broken.
What do you do with broken things? Are you quick to toss them?
The Japanese have a tradition of fixing broken pottery by filling the cracks with a laquered resin sprinkled with powdered gold or silver. Known as Kintsugi (金継ぎ) (Japanese: golden joinery), the idea of repairing what is broken with gold offers an interesting object for reflection.
What do you do when things break? My thoughts naturally went to relationships when trust is broken. This little piece of pottery with it's golden veins suggests we find the beauty in the painful lessons.
(The image above was found at http://dawnbreezepaintings.blogspot.com/2010/07/kintsugi.html )
This week I wrote about forgiveness and posted a labryrinth journal exercise on my blog True North Arts. I see the gold in the tea cup as forgiveness, loving-kindness, and gentleness. It is the light of peace we feel when we let go of blame and hurt. It is the peace and comfort we feel when we transform fear into love.
What cracks are you ready to repair?
Kathryn, Collage Diva