Kintsugi : Embrace your imperfections and find happiness - the Japanese way

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Discover how to embrace the imperfect with Kintsugi. Apply this ancient principle to your life and you will learn how to repair yourself, rebuild your life and love your flaws.

Japanese Kintsugi masters delicately patch up broken ceramics with gold adhesive, leaving the restoration clearly visible to others. Psychologist Tomas Navarro believes that we should approach our lives with the same philosophy. Everyone faces suffering, but it is the way in which we overcome our troubles, and heal our emotional wounds, that is key. We shouldn't conceal our repairs, they are proof of our strength.

Navarro presents real solutions to genuine problems that he has seen in his professional practice. His anecdotes demonstrate that it is possible to transform adversity or setbacks into a strength. His psychological understanding and perspective will leave you feeling courageous and prepared, should you experience misfortune, be it heartbreak, a job loss or bereavement.

Often practised alongside Ikigai (or the art of finding one's life purpose), Kintsugi shows you how happiness can be found again, often against all odds. A painful experience can in fact make you a more determined individual, ready to face the world with optimism.

'Kintsugi, which translates as "golden joinery", is the latest lifestyle trend promising to transform our lives.' - The Telegraph
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 196 x 227 x 27mm | 385g
  • Yellow Kite
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • N/A
  • 1473670861
  • 9781473670860
  • 74,665

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Embrace your imperfections

In Japan, broken pottery is often repaired with gold lacquer. These visible repairs are seen as part of the history of the object, highlighting the cracks and symbolising fragility, strength and beauty. This 'golden repair' is called Kintsugi.

We humans are fragile; susceptible to breaks and knocks. Discover how to pick up the pieces and repair what may have been damaged in your life. Find out how to embrace your emotional scars and make them beautiful. They are proof that you have suffered; let them remind you that you are strong.

Apply the philosophy of Kintsugi to your life and learn how
to accept your past, overcome doubt and shame,
heal and find happiness.
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About Tomás Navarro

Tomas Navarro is a psychologist who loves people and what they feel, think and do. He is the founder of a consultancy and centre of emotional wellbeing. He currently splits his time between technical writing, training, consultancy, conferences and advisory processes and personal and professional coaching. He lives in Gerona and Barcelona.
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