Kintsugi living blog — awareness

You are not who you think you are

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You are not who you think you are

© 2013 Ley, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio This phrase has been bouncing around inside my head for a couple of weeks now: you are not who you think you are. This may sum up one of the most profound things I learned during my experience of having my world fall apart. It is also among the profoundly beneficial things I learned. It is a big part of my gold. You see, very often the things that cause the greatest brokenness in our lives do so not only because of the grief of the actual loss or trauma we...

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The gift of cloudy days

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The gift of cloudy days

© 2007 SpeedProPhoto, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio There's something about the vivid blue of autumn's skies on sunny days that always takes my breath away.  That blue is so striking that it seems like something I should be able to touch and taste. It's one of my favorite things about autumn. I rejoice in every sunny day we get this time of year as I try to soak up as much of that vivid blue as I can to hold me through the rest of the year (especially the often cloudy and dark winter!). On the other hand,...

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What can you sit with?

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What can you sit with?

© 2011 Nickolai Kashirin, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Can you sit with pain—your own or another's? How long can you just sit with it and hold space for it to be seen? Are you able to sit with it at all before rushing to numb it, stuff it, explain it away, or turn it into anger (which feels so much less vulnerable)? Can you look the pain in the eye and just sit with it, holding space with compassion for it to be felt fully so it can pass? Can you sit with the twisting ache of embarrassment,...

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The observer as gold in ego's broken shell

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The observer as gold in ego's broken shell
The brokenness that shattered my life also shattered the shell of ego enough to help me get in touch with my inner observed, that curious but detached part of myself that runs deeper and truer than my ego ever will.

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Being wholly alive to ALL of life

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Being wholly alive to ALL of life

Anger! by Amy McTigue, on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons licensing. "The most solid advice ... for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough." ~William Saroyan Although this quote is ostensibly  advice for writers, it is equally good advice for anyone. We...

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