3 Unique Japanese Concepts That Will Instantly Transform Your Life

3 Unique Japanese Concepts That Will Instantly Transform Your Life

If you’re reading this then you probably know that I’m fascinated by, maybe even obsessed by what contributes to a great life, to thriving and flourishing, to happiness and positive mental health.

But you might not also know that I’m fascinated but cultural contributors to and differences in definitions of happiness and wellbeing.

You see, we’re all different. And happiness in some parts of the world means different things to happiness in other parts.

Which is really interesting. And which also means we might be able to learn from other cultures to improve our own lives …

via Your Tango by Akshad Singi

In all honesty, I feel Japan is doing a better job of living than the rest of the world. Their mindfulness of life is off the charts.

In my quest to live better and teach others to do the same, I feel magnetically drawn to Japanese philosophy. 

Here are 3 unique Japanese concepts that will instantly transform your life:

1. Kintsugi: The Art of Golden Repair

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the damaged areas with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Speaking in philosophical terms, Kintsugi treats breakage as a part of the history of anything instead of something to disguise.

When we look at our own lives, each one of us has collected a wardrobe full of scars. And I use the word ‘wardrobe’ in the metaphor because we’re not exactly keen on sharing the stories of our scars. We don’t display them on the walls of our rooms. Instead, we keep them hidden in a locker in a wardrobe, and many of us have even thrown the keys to that locker in the Pacific Ocean.

Looking at my own life, I too, have collected quite a few scars. We’re all friends here, aren’t we? Allow me to be vulnerable.

  • Constantly being rejected by girls in school.
  • Being bullied in school.
  • Not being invited to parties. (Chronically)
  • Failing to get into my dream college. In fact, I got accepted into the least popular medical college in the state. And yes, I spent the first few months crying in the washrooms.

Suffice it to say; if you’re a person who’s old enough to drive, you too have a wardrobe full of scars. But only when we look at our scars, heartbreaks, and soul-crushing events through the perspective of Kintsugi, can we get the best out of them.

Kintsugi is based on a simple, yet liberating idea. Mend broken stuff using a lustrous metal like gold. We too must try to heal ourselves in a way that we become even more beautiful. And if I may, let me try to break it down into two parts to help you better understand it.

  • Acceptance: We hesitate to share our scars with people because we feel they may make us look weak. Instead, I think doing this weakens us. Only when we’re comfortable sharing our scars and our losses with people can we get liberated from the emotional baggage.
  • Repair: Mind you, we’re not just supposed to heal our scars. We’re supposed to heal our scars with golden sutures. I feel the best way to do that is to find some good that came out of your heartbreak and use it to make the world a better place. For instance, since I was bullied in school, I understand what it’s like to be insecure. I know how heavy, and broken people feel at some point in their lives. And I’ve developed this enormous sense of compassion towards people that I think I wouldn’t have if I weren’t bullied in school. Looking back, I’m immensely grateful to the people who bullied me. They made me a better person. (On the very off chance that the bullies are reading this — thanks, guys.)https://d9998732ca7fe008eac6ae434e274624.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html

In short, open the wardrobe of your scars. Don’t disguise them anymore. Hang them on your wall, and do that with pride. Embrace your story. Be vulnerable. Please, be vulnerable. The world is craving for you to be vulnerable. Find some good that came out of the soul-wrenching events of your life and use that to become a better person and make this world a better place. The world needs you to do that…

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