Kintsugi's creative and effective way of repairing broken pottery for reuse has become a powerful metaphor for healing a broken heart. a healthier life style, and a broken relationship sometimes makes us more empathetic. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together Using this as a metaphor for healing ourselves teaches us an important VA, says, “Deepening our relationships can help us be kind to ourselves. Shattered pieces of a pristine vase are artfully rejoined with The "gold" in the analogy represents our desire to be healed, too much desire.
Whole 4 B To rout someone is to defeat them completely, and to annihilate something is to ruin it completely. Antonym Transparency 53 Part: Whole 1 C The knee is a joint in the leg, and the knuckle is a joint in the finger. Acted Upon 1 B An orthodontist works to correct problems with teeth, and a dermatologist works to correct skin problems.
Emotion 1 A One can yawn to show weariness, and one can sneer to show scorn. Quality 1 C Silky describes something characterized by smoothness, and doubtful describes a person or situation characterized by uncertainty.
Transparency 60 Mixed 1 A A chain saw is a tool that cuts, and a wrench is a tool that tightens or loosens. Action 2 C A person beams with pride, and a person seethes with anger.
Emotion 3 A An ecologist studies ecosystems, and an astronomer studies stars. Acted Upon 4 E An indifferent person is one who shows apathy, and a jovial person is one who shows joyfulness.
Metaphor of the Month ~ Broken Vases
Quality Transparency 61 Action: Acted Upon 1 C To grill is a method of preparing steak, and to fry is a method of preparing onions. Antonym 1 B Lax, or loose, is the opposite of strict, and passive, or inactive, is the opposite of active. The prologue precedes the beginning of a novel or drama, while the epilogue follows the ending, and a preamble comes at the beginning of a written work and an afterword at the end. When nearly closed, our eyelids squint, and fingers closed tightly clench.
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Synonym 1 A Nonchalant is a synonym for casual, and dedicated is a synonym for committed. Action 1 D Bears hibernate in the winter, and geese migrate, or fly south, for the winter. Whole 1 B A slice is a triangular piece of pie, and a wedge is a triangular piece of cheese. Quality 1 A A din is by definition noisy, and a float is by definition buoyant.
Acted Upon 1 C A zoologist is a scientist who studies fauna, or animals, and a botanist studies flora, or plants.
Emotion 1 B One giggles with delight, and one seethes with fury.
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Quality 2 A Floodwaters recede after a flood, and an inflammation subsides after an injury. Action 2 C Sympathetic describes extreme compassion, and sopping describes extreme wetness. Acted Upon 3 D A forger is a person who copies works of art, and a plagiarist is a person who copies works of literature. Acted Upon 1 E To scramble an egg is to beat the yolk and the egg white into a froth, and to mash a potato is to beat the skinned potato into a creamy texture.
Emotion 2 A To liberate a hostage is to set him or her free from bondage, and to parole a criminal is to set him or her free from jail. Transparency 70 Mixed 1 C A constellation is made up of stars, and a forest is made up of trees. Whole 2 B Frivolous, or silly, behavior is the opposite of serious behavior, and bizarre, or unusual, behavior is the opposite of normal, or usual, behavior.
Antonym 3 E A wicked deed is more horrifying than a bad deed, and a grueling task is more challenging than simply a difficult task. Synonym 4 C A fable is by definition moralistic, and a short story by definition is fictional. Quality Transparency 71 Adjective: Quality 1 B Something that is luminous, or shining, shows the quality of light, and something that is murky, or dark, shows the quality of gloominess.
Transparency 73 Mixed 1 D A clarinet is one of the instruments of an orchestra, and a tenor is one of the voices of a choir. Whole 2 D To kindle a fire is to ignite a fire, and to study is to start to comprehend. Synonym 3 C To incite rebellion is to cause an uprising, and to instigate strife is to cause an uprising or disturbance. Acted Upon 4 A One normally feels inquisitive when one has curiosity, and one feels formidable when one has power. Transparency 74 Mixed 1 B A helmet is a rounded steel protective covering for the skull, and a thimble is a rounded steel protective covering for the finger.
Acted Upon 2 C To wander, or digress, is to move away from the planned topic under discussion, and to detour is to move away from a planned course of a journey. Object 3 C The flight of an airplane is disrupted by the roughness of turbulence, and the passage of a canoe is disrupted by the roughness of rapids.
Disruptive Agent 4 A A fork in the road is a place where the road splits and one must make a choice; hence it is a good metaphor for a decision, or choice, in life. Metaphoric Relationship Transparency 75 Mixed 1 B Being impertinent, or rude, is the primary trait of a brat, and being intelligent is the primary trait of a person who is a genius.
Acted Upon 4 C An outbreak is the sudden eruption of an epidemic, or spread of disease, and a sudden invasion may result in a conquest. Metaphoric Relationship Transparency 76 Mixed 1 A A corral is an enclosure built especially to keep a pony, and a sty is an enclosure built especially to keep a pig.
Acted Upon 2 B Both exhausting resources and depleting supplies describe processes of using up something valuable. Acted Upon 3 D Someone who is corrupted loses his or her integrity, and someone who is discredited loses his or her reputation.
Acted Upon 4 C Occurrences that are haphazard happen at random, and occurrences that are systematic occur in an orderly fashion. Determine the relationship between the words in the stem. Identify the choices that show the same relationship. Which pair best matches the stem? And not only this, but to release the investments we have in keeping our lives broken as a reminder of how we've been unfairly treated, used or abused. Or even more detrimental, our tendency to cling to misfortunes as a way to prove to ourselves and others that we are "damaged goods," not worthy of love, recognition or success.
The master artist can only engage in Kintsugi's transformational process if they focus on what is possible rather than on what is impossible. Rumi, the great Persian poet addresses this pivotal wisdom in this way The moment we do this we are on the way to transforming what is broken into what is beautiful.
Preparing The Medium of Adhesive The second essential practice of Kintsugi is to prepare the golden epoxy for filling the cracks and rejoining the shattered pieces of our lives. A fine balance of ingredients is required. If we add too much gold to the mixture the joints will be too soft to fuse our emotional fragments back together. Yet if we add too much epoxy the adhesive bond becomes too brittle to establish a permanent bond.
The "gold" in the analogy represents our desire to be healed, too much desire and we set ourselves up for unfulfilled expectations.
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Moving too quickly, assuming we are healed before we actually are and placing too much faith in powers beyond our own capacity are traps to avoid as we prepare the golden adhesive for our transformation. The "epoxy" in the analogy represents our attachment to positive reinforcement or to our expectation of how quickly we should be progressing. Being too attached to only fast and positive movement undermines our willingness to embrace set-backs. Not only must we be open to set-backs, we must remain open again and again until what is bonding back into wholeness within us has had sufficient time to "cure.
Re-Experience Each Broken Piece The third essential practice of Kintsugi is to re-experience every broken fragment within us as we engage in our reconstruction process so we know their exact shape, position and feel. Every single piece must be returned to its original position within our psyche if we are to transform ourselves from broken to beautiful.