This is a follow-up newsletter to the previous newsletter, that discussed how life’s hardships can act on us like the sword-smith forging a new sword. In the case of humans, when we’ve had the metaphorical crud beaten out of us, hopefully the end result is we are aka- wiser, sharper in life, and better able to cut through future obstacles. However, what happens when the pressures of life are so great or take such a toll, we break? Maybe it is our mind and emotional state that breaks with a mental break down or our body actually breaks down and we become sick and/or injured. What comes next? I believe this is where ‘Kintsugi’ steps in.
If you missed the previous newsletter, dated July 19, 2023 and would like to read it, here is the direct link: http://www.bellyandbodycare.com/blog
Mending the Broken:
‘Kintsugi,' sometimes also referred to as ‘Kintsukuroi,' is a Japanese art form of mending broken pottery that literally translate into “golden repair”. The repair process is usually done with lacquer that is mixed with gold or silver as a finishing touch. This repair process is actually quite complex and nuanced and can take some time to master, but for simplicities sake, things will be kept simple in this newsletter.
No one is certain where or when this art form first was born in Japan, but it is widely believed that Kintsugi probably came about in the 15th century. The story goes, a Shogun, a military ruler, named Ashikaga Yoshimasa broke his favorite tea bowl. He then asked the people that served him to repair it. Some genius, or geniuses, within the Shogun’s court came up with the brilliant idea of using lacquer to glue the pottery back together and finished everything off with a bit gold dust.
The broken bowl, something that normally would have been discarded, was turned into something more valuable due to the gold, and perhaps maybe even more beautiful. Unlike many other repair techniques of household items that usually try to hide flaws and imperfections, Kintsugi highlights and puts on display all the cracks, letting the piece tell its story.
I have found in my own life, sometimes how a hardship effects us is often more about what perspective we take in regards to what actually happened. It’s easy to want to hide and/or try to discard what we feel has been broken, maybe even feel sorry for ourselves, as in “why did this happen to me?”. Sometimes, we can feel so battered and broken with so many battle scars, it might seem impossible to feel lovable or useful again. Have you ever been in or are you in that place right now?
With Kintsugi, I feel this process teaches that with a little love, care, and effort, maybe with the right positive inputs, the ‘gold dust’, we too can mend and become a valuable treasure to share and show. Our stories, are the cracks and hard won lessons of our life. Kintsugi uses the highest quality lacquer and precious metals to highlight those cracks. What are the things you do to mend yourself? What is your 'gold dust'? Maybe that gold dust comes in the form of good quality food and water, proper sleep, or seeing the right kinds of health care professional to help with your unique situation. Mending oneself isn't always easy, but certainly a process, I feel worth investing in however that looks for you.
For the month of October, here’s a little ‘gold dust’ and 'lacquer' glue for your own metaphorical Kintsugi project in the form of two Fall/October specials.
1) Fall 25% off Any Hand’s-On Single Session:
For the month of October, starting with the release of this Newsletter, until October 31st, I’m running a Hands-on Fall special, 25% off all individual services including an Initial Arvigo Belly Therapy session.
Yon can buy as many sessions as you’d like with this discount code, as long as sessions are purchased before October 31st. These kinds of discounts are normally only for folks buying large treatment packages. You may book sessions past October. Also, I’ll be opening up at least one weekend day / month over the holiday seasons to help fit people in that might be traveling from far. Please check the calendar for availability.
To take advantage of this special type in KINTSUGI in the coupon code box at check out to apply the 25% discount. Again these sessions are Only applicable to single sessions, and does not include packages. Feel free to share with family and friends! Click here to book your session (s) now: https://app.acuityscheduling.c...
2) Discounted Intuitive Readings:
Also, for the month of October, I’m offering a super special discount on intuitive readings, either in email written format or as an audio recording over WhatsApp or facebook messenger on a single topic of choice.
Since 2020, I’ve been working closely with the intuitive coaching community called Natural Success and have gone through the complete training. I would love to do more online mentoring and coaching in this work and in the spirit of jump starting that intention, I'm offering the super special rate is $12 (USD) for a short reading on any one topic. If this work calls you and even $12 (USD) is too much, feel free to reach out and we can see about working out another arrangement. This intuitive work is gentle, insightful and really helps to get to the heart of the matter literally.
To book a short intuitive reading on any one topic click here:
Readings sent by email so please provide your topic of choice and best email address.
Hope to hear from you soon!
***For your viewing pleasure, more images of Kintsugi taken from the web.***