KINSTUGI & WABI-SABI
"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places"
- Ernest Hemingway
The Japanese word "kintsugi" expresses a beautiful way of seeing fractures. "Kintsugi" as a philosophy treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. It is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. We truly see "Kitsungi" as a metaphor for our lives. We all carry broken pieces of ourselves in different ways throughout our life and it is through the process of repairing the pieces with lacquer and gold, with friendships, community and family, sharing, and through process...that we heal and use our past wounds to make us stronger.
The idea behind the Japanese world "wabi-sabi " is to embrace imperfection and to find the beauty in the imperfection. "Kintsugi" is a part of the concept of "wabi-sabi".
We love the message of "beauty" that "kintsugi" and "wabi-sabi" offer to everyone who may see their scars in a negative light and our desire is have this new definition of looking at our scars in a positive light be one of the outcomes the children take away during their game therapy sessions. Rather than hide and mask that which is most sensitive and traumatic in their lives we desire for the children to use the scars to help transform their lives as part of their unique story.
We ultimately want children to move into a place of healing where new strength and beauty emerges in the healing process where they are able to move beyond their pain to create a new story for their life and become a source of strength for others.