Tag Archives: Broken

All Bread must be Broken

Irish poet, Pádraig Ó Tuama said he used to think that poetry was about describing the transcendent – the things you couldn’t put your hands on. But these days he is more interested in poems that pay attention to the things you … Continue reading

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When Someone is Broken

In a men’s group I facilitated, one of the guidelines we told ourselves was to remember that “unsolicited advice is an emotional violation.”  It was our way of reminding ourselves to “please, just listen.” As I like to remind myself … Continue reading

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More Beautiful for Being Broken: Kintsukuroi

“The Japanese art of Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, repairs broken pottery with seams of gold. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object even more beautiful for being broken.” This is a powerful metaphor of the beauty of restoration – … Continue reading

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One Thing

A central theme in the prayer life of Soren Kierkegaard was to will one thing.  Born in Copenhagen in the early 19th Century (1813-1855), he was considered a “first rate philosopher,” and yet, was a person of deep prayer. Kierkegaard exercised … Continue reading

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