The Art of Life: Finding Strength in Brokenness with Kintsugi

If you’re broken, hold until each piece of you heals one again. 

Samara Rhea Samuel

For the last two years, I am introspecting my brokenness and in this process, I have discovered many truths about brokenness.

I found that my brokenness is an inevitable part of my wholeness; without being broken and shattered, I never realized what it means to be whole.

Also, within the depth of my brokenness, I found a surprising connection with the universe. Even I wrote in my book, You Are Blooming,

You are brokenly beautiful. This time, bloom with all your glory.”

This is why I have picked Kintsugi as today’s art of life.

Finding Strength in Brokenness with Kintsugi

I was introduced to the concept of Kintsugi by a fellow blogger friend of mine. She received a copy of the famous book to write a review.

When I came across her social media post, this word grabbed my attention, and thus I came to know about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken things in a beautiful way.

What I liked the most in the art of Kintsugi is to give importance to the broken things. In life, most of us have a habit of decluttering the broken things right away from our attention, so that we do not need to see them ever again.

But what about your broken heart?

Or perhaps, your broken soul?

Or, the brokenness you carry within? In your every step, in your every moment?

Here is the magic that is called Kintsugi. This art of life is all about finding beauty in the brokenness, accepting it as it is, embracing it as a precious part of yourself, and wearing it as your glorious crown.

And within this process, you will heal.

Kinstsugi: Embracing Flaws and Imperfections

You might be wondering, what is Kintsugi? In the true essence, Kintsugi is a popular art form of Japan where people preserve the broken pieces of pottery and put them back with gold.

This is an idea of embracing the brokenness so that we can accept it as a part of our lives. But the gold that joins two broken pieces together symbolizes that you can look more beautiful with your flaws and imperfections, you can be stronger with your brokenness in the soul, and you will be shining like the moon that is an epitome of brokenness and grace, together.

Within the process of being broken and healing ourselves, we create a new self of us that is more beautiful, born with resilience and perseverance.

While writing this post, I remember, somehow my social media name ‘Scars and Glory’ is connected with the universal concept of Kintsugi, don’t you think so?

How do you find the glory within your brokenness?

( I am participating in the #BlogchatterA2Z. You can head over to Blogchatter to know more about this exciting blogging challenge and join the camaraderie! )

12 responses to “The Art of Life: Finding Strength in Brokenness with Kintsugi”

  1. I fell in love with this concept the very first time I read about it. Such a lovely metaphor, isn’t it? To compare broken pottery with our soul.
    I hope we all manage to find the liquid gold to hold us together and transpire kintsugi in our lives. 🙂

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  2. Will Kintsugi create a wonderful patterned quilt from the broken pieces of spirit/heart / soul if we try to put them together and provide the necessary warmth we might need to just take one day at a time, to have the desire to wake up next day… I wonder. And if the answer is yes, how does one achieve that?

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    • Kintsugi is generally repairing something that is broken, with the golden finishing. And metaphorically it represents finding the beauty of brokenness, and emerge with more courage and strength from your brokenness. When there is no other way to walk ahead, the best thing we can do is embrace our brokenness, and discover the glory of our scars. ✨✨


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