I am grateful for knowledge that leads to wisdom and personal evolution. I am grateful that I have enough insight to regret unwise and immature actions. I am grateful to have people that care for me and help me when I need help. I am grateful that I am moving toward balance in the areas of health, energy, and teaching. I am grateful to have mentors in my field who sincerely wish me to expand and succeed; their desires are based on their own inner knowing and wisdom rather than greed or personal gain. I am grateful to have flexible and forgiving people in my life, that can withstand these emotional transitions I am experiencing - who can bear it, deal with it, ignore it, forgive it, or support me through it.
I am grateful to be reminded that "when the sun sets, the moon rises"; light cannot exist without darkness and one defines the other. Good moments lead to challenges and down times; conversely, the darkness is the path back to light and perhaps even makes the light brighter. It all sounds pithy until it actually applies to my life, then it begins to make sense. Out of challenges come success, and at the top of success I should immediately begin to prepare for the next challenge.
I'm grateful for the awareness that I'm "in my head" too much, because I have the tools to get the hell out of that misery-creating place of my thoughts and re-create reality with intention and visualization. That perfect piece of pottery that I built, allegorical to my life, continually shatters and is refired into a new and imperfect piece. Yet now, perhaps, I am starting to appreciate the minor imperfections. I continue my practices that bring me toward my Highest self, rather, that reveal what is already there. Like the Japanese art of mending the shatter with gold, there is perfection already present in the wholeness of before and after; I have the gold and I am the gold.
I am grateful that this knowledge comes to me as I need it.
Kintsugi (金継ぎ?, きんつぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い?, きんつくろい, "golden repair"), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquerdusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-etechnique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise... As a philosophy, kintsugi can be seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear by the use of an object. This can be seen as a rationale for keeping an object around even after it has broken and as a justification of kintsugi itself, highlighting the cracks and repairs as simply an event in the life of an object rather than allowing its service to end at the time of its damage or breakage... Kintsugi can relate to the Japanese philosophy of "no mind" , which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life.
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...is practicing gratitude every day for 365 days. Began on April 22, 2016, let's see how life changes over the course of this next year!