“There is a Japanese practice called Kintusukoroi or kintsugi which means ‘golden repair’. Kintsukuroi is the art of repairing broken pottery with powdered gold or platinum mixed with lacquer, so that the repair reflects the history of the breakage.
“The repaired object mirrors the fragility and imperfection of life – and also its beauty and strength. The object returns to wholeness, to integrity.
“I am not suggesting that we should see brokenness as a way of strengthening our integrity. Rather I am proposing that the wounds and harms that arise from falling over the edge into moral suffering can have a positive value under the right circumstances. Moral distress, the pain or moral injury and even the numbness of moral apathy can be the means of the ‘golden repair’. For developing a greater capacity to stand firm in our integrity without being swayed by the wind.”
From: Standing At the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Joan Halifax
Roshi Joan Halifax PhD is a Buddhist teacher, Zen Monk and Anthropologist who explores the edges of human experience and writes incredibly compelling books about the intersection of spirituality, psychology and human consciousness.