365, Day 54: Kintsugi

365, Day 54

There is a Japanese practice called Kintsugi which consists of repairing broken ceramics with a gold medium so that the breaks show up as golden threads traced across the surface of the repaired piece. As I painted over these past few days, this came to me (not for the first time). The image of breaks, particularly in the heart, mended with gold reflected some of what I was feeling over this particular few days as things were unfolding in my life away from my paints. Again, not for the first time did this image come to me.

I don’t know anybody who “likes” being broken or the process of breaking. In some ways our breaks can- can, mind you- help us become more compassionate, wiser, more loving people. They can also help us develop beauty and strength. They can help us become more resilient.

(© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

About Karen

I am a fifty-something anthropology student, an artist, dancer, photographer, healer, mother, grandmother and perennial seeker. I am distracted by shiny things and infused with a sense of wonder at the world around me and people in general. I am a “journey” person who often wishes that I could have a “destination” day at least every now and then…
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