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"Kintsugi, the Art of Resilience": An intimate interview with the author

Céline Santini is the author of the book "Kintsugi, The Art of resilience" and about fifteen books.

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Here is a very intimate and spontaneous interview on the occasion of the release of the book " Kintsugi , the art of resilience. " Thank you very much to Stephanie du Very inspiring blog "It's Gone my Kiki" For its pertinent questions and inviting the Reflection on the art and philosophy of Kintsugi .

Interview: Céline Santini Presents his book " Kintsugi , the Art of Resilience»

Hello Dear readers,
What if it was possible for a broken object to be repaired by becoming more beautiful than it was originally? What if our wounds allow us to reveal another facet of ourselves? Today I invite you to meet Céline Santini That tells us about The Japanese technique of Kintsugi From the perspective of resilience.
Good reading!

Hello Céline, your book " Kintsugi , "The Art of Resilience" has just appeared. What is the Kintsugi ? What are we going to find out over the pages?

Hello Stephanie, thank you very much for your invitation!
The Kintsugi is an art still unknown in France even if it dates from the 15th century! It means in Japanese "join (Tsugi) in gold (Kin)". It is a solution that is both refined and so obvious to repair a broken object: instead of throwing it or masking the repair, it is assumed, emphasizing the cracks with pure gold knuckles. Paradoxically the object becomes even more beautiful, and more precious than before its accident! It's a beautiful metaphor for resilience... My book travels Through this symbolic through the various stages of repairing a Kintsugi , to invite the reader to accept his wounds as part of his path of evolution.

How does the Kintsugi Did he enter your life? Did you already know elements of Japanese culture before?

The Kintsugi Happened in my life like a thunderbolt! I did not know this art until the year of my second divorce. I was reading an article entitled "How To Succeed in a divorce", which seemed to me to be topical... And the author, at the Detour of a line, without dwelling on it, mentioned the Kintsugi . That was a challenge for me. My intuition manifested itself to me by the small inner signal that warns me that something important is happening... I immediately typed " Kintsugi On the internet and as soon as I saw the first bowl "Kintsugué" I had a crush. As obvious. At once so beautiful, and so signifying... So I threw myself to body lost in this subject, which accompanied me throughout this painful period. I knew very little about Japan, and I discovered some elements of this beautiful culture on the occasion of the writing of the book. I must confess that it resonates very strongly in me: this care, this natural slowness, this attention to detail, this refinement combined with simplicity, this taste for nature, respect for others, the constant desire to progress...

Did you ever want to write about resilience before your meeting with the Kintsugi ? What was the click to write this book that combines the two themes?

I wore this theme in me ever since... I always said I was a resilient. I am writing a Personal development blog ( to the resolutely optimistic tone, I am the type to always see the glass half full... I have always risen from my trials, always stronger. So I had in me a book on optimism, but not so clearly on the subject of resilience. The encounter with the art of Kintsugi (also called Kintsukuroi) was the detonator: as if all the pieces of my puzzle were assembling, and that this topic was made for me...

At the end of each chapter you invite the reader to take a working time on himself and to answer questions or do an exercise. How to best use this personal space that is so offered?

This book follows the lead of the various stages of repair with the technique of Kintsugi , also there is a real progression in the exercises. Ideally, if one can, it would be interesting to do them in order, by reserving a time for oneself, without external solicitations. But as this is unfortunately not always possible, I invite readers to listen to their intuition and prioritize the exercises that call them. There's a taste for everyone!

You share with the reader the remarkable experiences you have experienced. Is it an important step to be able to share those difficult moments in a book?

It is true that I "book" in this book... And it helped me to "deliver". By sleeping some painful experiences black and white, they have been transcended. I kintsugué my journey with ink instead of gold!

And now the " Kintsugi » Test to be completed according to your inspiration!

K like.... Kintsugi , a sublime and refined art, to discover...
I like.... Intuition... Always follow her, even when she does not arrange us...
N like.... Do not listen to those who lead us our energy
T like.... Always go ahead, the best is coming! (future!)
S like.... Follow its path, upside down and against everything
U like.... One day the pieces of the puzzle come together, you just have to be patient
G as.... Taste life, do not forget to taste on the way the fruits that arise instead of fixing the destination...
I like.... Inspiration: Opening up to the unknown more often to be inspired
A like.... Art: Putting beauty into your life, everyday, in all its forms.
R like.... Resilience: What does not kill makes it stronger... Assume your wounds, they tell you the way
T like.... Time: Sometimes you want to go too fast, sometimes you have to leave time to time: the time to decant, time to blow, time to think...
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R like.... Reborn after an injury: like a Phoenix reborn from its ashes...
E like.... Etinceler: Find the little spark that is in each of us...
S like.... Silence: Sometimes a time of silence is necessary to advance.
I like.... Interest: If you are interested in a subject, do not hesitate to dig it, you do not know how far it will train you...
L like.... Light: Stand Up, assume the king or queen who is in you, shine...
I like.... Inside: More often than we believe, we already have the answers in US
E like.... Hope: Sometimes it's very difficult, but you have to keep hope, things often change unexpectedly.
N like.... "No, nothing of nothing, no, I regret nothing..." It is better to have remorse than regrets...
C like.... Comfort: It is often outside our comfort zone and the most borrowed paths that one picks the most beautiful flowers...
E like.... Power: Let the energy of the Kintsugi ...


Would you like to add something else?

Without ever knowing it, we all have the soul of Kintsugi In US. It is up to us to reveal it and shine in spite (or perhaps thanks to...) Our wounds.

Dear Céline,
Thank you very much for this generous sharing. I really liked it in your book how you alternate the contributions on the Kintsugi , personal experiences, other teachings and time for self-reflection. I wish you that your book opens New Horizons to many readers!

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If you are interested in the subject, find here The Chronicle of Europe 1 on the book " Kintsugi , the art of resilience. "

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