Kintsugi – the art of repairing ourselves with gold

By Lesley | June 7, 2022 | 8 Comments

Several months ago, I spent a lovely day with friends on a warm glass making workshop. Only a couple of hours after I’d got my pieces home, the laptop slid gently onto one of my creations, breaking it into 4. Because of all my hours of yoga & meditation, my first reaction wasn’t anger & to hurl it into the bin never to be seen again, but sadness & disappointment, soon followed by wondering what to do next. I realised I had 3 choices: Leave it broken & throw away the pieces, Do a quick repair so it’s impossible to tell if & where it was broken, To use it as an opportunity to learn Kintsugi, where you take time over the repair & highlight the scars. What is Kintsugi? Kintsugi is a 400+ year old Japanese a repair method where you use gold (or in my case golden powder) in the glue so that instead of hiding the breaks, they’re emphasised. The process is built on the idea that by embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break is unique and instead of being invisible, each scar is highlighted. Depending on the complexity of the break it can be a lengthy process & it’s an opportunity to create something unique, beautiful and resilient. So that’s what I did. I started asking for help from my husband Roger (as he’s more experienced with glue). We researched & sourced the materials &, … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Persistence  

By Lesley / January 25, 2021 / 0

This week on Unlocking Big Magic we discuss another knotty subject. The title of the chapter & our conversation is Persistence & we talk about that, but for me the … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about creativity, Permission

By Lesley / January 19, 2021 / 0

Whose permission do you need? This week on Unlocking Big Magic we dig into permission. The whole book is about spotlighting & then dismantling the different ways we stop ourselves … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic, Conversations about creativity, Enchantment

By Lesley / January 12, 2021 / 2

I’m going to start by being completely honest & admitting I’ve had a bit of a s**t week; after a few days the reality of lockdown hit me & I … Read more

Unlocking Big Magic; Conversations about Creativity. Courage & Fear

By Lesley / January 5, 2021 / 2

Would you describe yourself as a creative person? Or maybe you’d like to be more creative & put up all sorts of barriers to stop yourself. I can’t draw or … Read more

Finding certainty in the most uncertain of times

By Lesley / November 24, 2020 / 7

THAT time of year is upon us &, in addition to everything we normally have to contend with by being childless at Christmas, this year there’s an added layer of … Read more

Why it’s time to change the story

By Lesley / October 13, 2020 / 0

We’re definitely in Autumn & I wanted to write a blog asking you to reflect on what you’ve learned these past few months, what story it’s time to let go … Read more

Following the curiosity driven path to joy

By Lesley / September 21, 2020 / 0

I wrote this post for World Childless Week & it was published under the topic of  ‘Moving Forwards.’ You can read it & many other posts published for that day … Read more

How can the healing arts support your healing?

By Lesley / September 8, 2020 / 0

If you’ve been following my blogs or my social media accounts you’ll know that I’m a big fan of using creativity to support our healing.. It wasn’t always so, I … Read more

Now it’s easy to find what will help you most

By Lesley / August 4, 2020 / 0

I started my website in 2013 & this is blog no 189. 40 of those are Inspirational Stories, but at a guess I’ve written 150 to 200,000 words or, to … Read more

Finding Joy, 2 years on

By Lesley / June 16, 2020 / 8

Two years ago this week I became an (Amazon No1 Bestselling) author when my book Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness was published. If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ll know I … Read more

Tales of the Countess: Conversation with Cali Bird

By Lesley / June 1, 2020 / 5

This week I have something different for you, a video interview with a friend & novelist Cali Bird. I met Cali several years ago & her story is on my … Read more

What does nurturing mean to you?

By Lesley / May 1, 2020 / 0

As we near the end of week 5 (or is it week 105?) of this alternative life we’re leading, the topic of nurturing has been coming up more & more … Read more

I’m sorry but you’re grieving

By Lesley / April 7, 2020 / 8

I don’t know about you, but these past few weeks have been really hard. Although both of us have been working from home for several years, this FEELS completely different. … Read more

Are you living the life unexpected?

By Lesley / March 11, 2020 / 2

If you follow other childless blogs, your head must be deeply buried in the sand if you’re unaware that the 2nd edition of Jody Day’s book ‘Living the Life Unexpected: … Read more

Are you ready to plant some seeds?

By Lesley / February 24, 2020 / 8

I’m hoping that, over the past few weeks you’ve got closer to knowing the answers to the questions; ‘what does my heart want/what’s my heart’s deepest desire?’ Perhaps by now … Read more

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