As #thyroidcancerawareness month was last month and #breastcancerawarenessis this month, I wanted to leave this special message to any of you #cancersurvivorsor chronic health warriors who may be struggling with accepting the #scarsyour battle has left you with.
The #japanesehave a artistic tradition called #kintsugi, which is basically a celebration of "flaws", can also relate to the Japanese philosophy of "no mind" (無心 mushin), which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life. “Not only is there no attempt to hide the damage, but the repair is literally illuminated... a kind of physical expression of the spirit of mushin....Mushin is often literally translated as "no mind," but carries connotations of fully existing within the moment, of non-attachment, of equanimity amid changing conditions. ...The vicissitudes of existence over time, to which all humans are susceptible, could not be clearer than in the breaks, the knocks, and the shattering to which ceramic ware too is subject. This poignancy or aesthetic of existence has been known in Japan as mono no aware, a compassionate sensitivity, or perhaps identiﬁcation with, [things] outside oneself." - Christy Bartlett
So what is the message I'm trying to convey? Don't ever be ashamed of your scars, they tell the story of the battle your body has been through and the fact that you came out on the other side. You are not broken beyond repair, and you can still find purpose. Celebrate and love yourself, flaws and all
#cancersurvivor #thyca #chronicillness #survivor #nevergiveup #loveyourself #celebrateyou #noshame