As part of our commitment to build a more mindful world and to use Covid situation as an opportunity to tap into our inner self, this year we're launching our initiative- The IKIGAAI Mindfulness Center. This will come in the form of a monthly clutter-free mail designed to bring you high quality curated contents from around the world to inspire you how to bring more awareness, and how to lead purposeful lives- one that is filled with impact and happiness-enriching moments.
This month, we start off with KINTSUGI- an ancient art of fixing broken pottery, and introduce an artist who loves coffee, and creates amazing artworks out of coffee waste.
A. Using KINTSUGI to bring more meaning into your life
It is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with lacquer and gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break is unique and instead of repairing an item like new, the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the "scars" as a part of the design. Using this as a metaphor for healing ourselves teaches us an important lesson: Sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, we fix ourselves, and actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient.
B. Turning coffee waste into art
Artist Ghidaq al-Nizar, from Indonesia is an artist who believes in using every part of the coffee. He intentionally stains his work with coffee grounds left from his morning brew -- etching intricate scenes from coffee, leaves, his own fingerprints, and more unusual mediums.
Take care, and see you in the next edition in February. If you have not subscribed yet to our mindfulness emails, subscribe using the form at the bottom of this website.