KINTSUGI

KINTSUGI

As I studied Asian medicine, I was reminded of a lesson I heard in a church sermon. Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese art form. The origin of Kintsugi began when a servant went to serve the emperor his morning tea and she dropped his revered tea bowl. The bowl broke into pieces and she was devastated. In a desperate attempt to salvage his prized bowl, she used gold plated glue to put it back together. With fear and Trepidation, she served his tea in the newly repaired bowl. When the emperor saw the bowl, he loved it and it became a one-of-a-kind work of art that he cherished even more than the original bowl. This became known as Kintsugi. People all over began purposefully breaking their cherished porcelain and repairing it with gold to make their own one-of-a-kind possession. What a beautiful lesson! How many times are we “broken” either emotionally or physically with pain and disease? However, if we are willing to work through it and “put it back together”, we may become something even more extraordinary. Maybe we make necessary changes to our routines, diet or priorities. If we work at it, many times the effort has great reward and our cracks become glued together stronger than ever. That is my wish for all of us….that we have the courage to put our broken pieces together in a beautiful, unique and different way that is better than we ever could have imagined!