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Writing as a Form of Self-Care

The Art of Kintsugi

Learn how an ancient Japanese art about embracing imperfections can be used as a way to heal yourself.

Self-care can come in many forms. For some, it means going through a skincare routine or taking a refreshing walk. Some people sing while others might prefer to dance. Meditation and exercise are other common forms of self-care.

Have you ever considered journaling as a way to reconnect with yourself? At the US Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) 2020, our Positively Fearless ambassadors were joined by poet Natalie Patterson for a lively and fulfilling writing workshop about an ancient art form called Kintsugi.

Watch the full discussion here:

The practice actually comes from the Japanese words Kin (meaning gold) and Tsugi (meaning join) and literally translates to “join with gold.” For example, to fix a broken bowl or vase, the cracks were mended with gold to not hide the imperfections, but to highlight them. Borrowing techniques from fifteenth-century Japan, this workshop invites us to enhance our scars, or broken parts, instead of trying to hide them.

Curious? Watch the full video to hear from Natalie and the Positively Fearless ambassadors themselves.