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If you believe it is possible to break, believe it is possible to fix. ~Rabbi Nachman



In Hebrew, tikkun olam means to “repair the world,” our responsibility to fix what is broken. So much gets broken over time- from bowls to bones, promises & voyages, hearts, relationships, families- how we mend those fractures, the ruptures in our lives matters.
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The art of kintsugi, making the mend itself with a valuable material, embraces the flaw, limning the scars with a precious substance draws attention to a physical manifestation of resilience. The scar is not hidden but enhanced, its value magnified.
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Rumi’s often used quote, “The wound is the place where the light enters you,” is another way of understanding its value. The gold that limns our scars mark not just the moment of that breech but what emerged from it & later, what brought about the healing.
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: Photo: @sidewalkphilosopher
Istanbul Archaeological Museum
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