“The wound is where the light enters.” Rumi
My therapeutic approach is grounded in the ancient Japanese & Zen art of Kintsugi – Kintsugi teaches that a broken object is not something to hide or throw away but rather is to be restored and honored as a thing of beauty.
When a bowl, teapot or precious vase falls and breaks into a thousand pieces, we often throw them away angrily and regretfully. However, in practicing the art of Kintsugi the artist would collect the broken pieces/shards and with glue and precious metals (liquid or lacquered gold or silver) mend the fragments in a manner that highlights and enhances the cracks, thus adding depth and complexity to the broken object, as well as restoring the object to usefulness. Kintsugi defined, literally golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”).
We are all flawed or broken in some way but we don’t have to cast away or discard these aspects of ourselves. As the art of Kintsugi teaches us, these aspects only make us stronger and more resilient if we take the time to gather the pieces of our psyche/soul, which have been damaged through trauma, abandonment or just the daily struggle of life. We can mend the fractures with the precious metals of self-exploration, compassion, curiosity, and understanding towards our self. This is the journey to wholeness and the cracks are how the light of wisdom and healing get in.
If you’re interested in gathering the pieces together and starting the journey towards healing, I would be honored to be a part of your journey. Give me a call or email me and we can get started!
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