Finding strenght in imperfection

Press release... The book "Kintsugi, Finding Strengh in Imperfection" in the medias.

The book "Kintsugi, The Art of Resilience", by Céline Santini

 

Interview on Europe 1

On 14 May 2018, Céline Santini Was the guest of Europe 1 alongside Walter Benjamin In the context of a Issue of Isabelle Qs, "Life Before You", Whose theme was precisely the resilience. She presented her book Presentation of the book« .

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Céline Santini Talks about resilience in Europe 1

 


The site Europe 1.fr has reviewed the book. And also selected it in its Top 5 Summer readings, Well-surrounded between Frédéric Lenoir and Christophe André!


Here is the Chronicle in its entirety :

"Kintsugi, the Art of resilience": what we thought of the Book of Céline Santini


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The Kintsugi is the art of repairing wounds while learning to enjoy them @ Matt Reinbold/Creative Commons/Europe 1

From the fall to the celebration of the repaired object, Céline Santini offers a gentle method to learn how to overcome injuries and love its flaws.

Les philosophies japonaises semblent avoir le vent en poupe. Après le régime d’Okinawa pour vivre vieux et en bonne santé, l’art de trouver sa raison de se lever le matin (« l’ikigai », pour en savoir plus, c’est par Here), here is now the " Kintsugi ». This art (from "kin" which means gold and "Tsugi", the knuckles) has been practiced in Japan since the 15th century. It consists in repairing the broken objects with a lacquer lacquer tree ) Coated with gold powder so that the scars remain apparent. A philosophy of the acceptance of imperfection that incites to tackle the failures, wounds and other ills of life in a new way, as the details Céline Santini dans son ouvrage Presentation of the book (First, 12,95 euros).

"The way of the Kintsugi can be seen as a form of art therapy, inviting you to transcend your ordeals and transform your own lead into gold," professes the author as an introduction. A process that can be long, because it requires many steps and takes a lot of patience. The book is thus divided into six chapters each devoted to one of the key steps of this method of repair: "Break", "assemble", "Wait", "repair", "reveal" and finally "sublimate". Everything is detailed and filled with many examples so that you too can heal your wounds and make them a force.

What we find in this book:

From the repair of a bowl... to that of your interiority. La méthode adoptée est plutôt singulière. L’ouvrage est effectivement consacré à l’art du kintsugi, c’est-à-dire à la réparation d’un objet selon une technique ancestrale. De prime abord, cela a tout l’air d’être un manuel de bricolage.

But in this book, it's about learning how to repair your sensitive being rather than a material object. For every technical step of the Kintsugi, Céline Santini develops a precept to be applied in its inner or even daily life. And the analogy works, even when the link between the technique and its application in terms of well-being is not obvious.

Presentation of the book est donc bien un livre qui aide, en s’appuyant sur une méthode manuelle, à se sentir mieux dans sa vie en apprenant à apprécier ses imperfections et à panser ses blessures avec sérénité.


Acceptez avec fierté l’imperfection. L’objet est encore plus beau et plus précieux une fois cassé et réparé ! CÉLINE SANTINI

An art described step by step. Chaque partie est divisée en chapitres qui commencent par l’une des règles du kintsugi, comme « Observez et assemblez le ‘puzzle’ [des morceaux de l’objet] pour préparer la réparation ». Celle-ci est ensuite déclinée en un principe symbolique pour être appliqué à la réparation de l’intériorité.

For example, one of the steps is to prepare for the repair of the broken object. The rule is to prepare its instruments and to clean the different parts to be assembled to repair the object. Applied to everyday life, this rule calls for taking the time to do things at its own pace rather than rushing headlong.

At this stage, the art of Kintsugi encourages to take advantage of the present moment, to slow down. This precept also appeals to full consciousness, a method of meditation particularly in vogue. The chapter continues with a thematic sidebar and concludes with a practical exercise, indicated by the ritual phrase: "Start here and now!"

What we liked:

From theory to practice. Grâce à des instructions claires et un langage assez incitatif (« Qu’est-ce qui résonne en vous, vous appelle ? Suivez votre élan ! »), la mise en pratique des conseils théoriques développés dans la première partie du chapitre paraît accessible.

For example, in the chapter "associating" on the open-mindedness and curiosity of the other, the author gives tracks such as: "Go to a restaurant that you do not know to try a kitchen that does not attract you", "read a book that does not tempt you Or "Listen to a style of music that you don't like a priori". If one is willing to try, these exercises seem feasible.

Une ouverture sur le monde. The thematic boxes that conclude each theoretical part bring a real added value. They tell an anecdote from a country of the end of the world (the Zen monk and the Umbrella, for example), a ritual (the Baths of the world), a focus on a particular technique (yoga of laughter) or the explanation of a scientific phenomenon (such as coherence Cardiac). This makes it possible to learn new things and sometimes to better understand the concept developed in the chapter.

What we liked less:

A dive sometimes too deep in the life of the author. Le recours à la vie personnelle de l’auteur permet à la fois d’incarner la théorie développée par l’art du kintsugi mais nous plonge dans des moments très (voire trop) intimes de sa vie. L’auteure assume ce recours à son parcours pour illustrer son propos, comme elle l’explique dans le dernier chapitre. « Un ami m’a fait remarquer que dans ‘développement personnel’, il y avait le mot  ‘personnel’… Alors, je me suis mise à nu et jetée à l’eau pour partager mes expériences, en me disant qu’elles rendraient peut-être mon discours plus compréhensible, mais, surtout, plus inspirant. » On parle certes de renaissance et de bien-être mais en passant par des exemples d’expériences difficiles, de défauts ou de souvenirs douloureux qui peuvent mettre mal à l’aise au cours de la lecture.

Too regular construction? La construction qui permet de bien savoir où l’on en est dans le processus de réparation peut paraître un peu répétitive : une citation, la description de l’étape de kintsugi, le détail de son application possible sur le chemin du développement personnel et une illustration par la vie de l’auteure. On a parfois l’impression que le schéma d’écriture peine à se renouveler.

Three Things to remember:

  • The book is a dive into a world of patience and beauty
  • Practical exercises are easy to achieve
  • The examples taken in the life of the author sometimes seem too intrusive

Find the article In the "Personal Development" section on Europe 1.fr

 


« Kintsugi The Art of Resilience, Céline Santini

The Kintsugi (from "kin", which means gold and "Tsugi", the knuckles) is an art practiced in Japan since the 15th century. It consists in repairing the broken objects with a lacquer coated with gold powder, so that the "scars" remain apparent. The Japanese have drawn from this practice a philosophy of the acceptance of imperfection, which encourages to approach the failures, wounds and other ills of life through this manual work of a particular kind.

This is what the coach and blogger tell us Céline Santini , in his book « Kintsugi ", the Art of resilience, published in April at First Editions. Although the book sometimes recounts painful memories of the author's life, which can destabilize the reader of the beaches, it can be a valuable tool for those who go on holiday with wounds not completely healed... But also for the reader anxious to discover a practice combining delicacy, aesthetics and Zen spirituality.

Find here the link to the article "Personal development, 5 ideas for reading for the holidays" of Europe 1.



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2 Responses to "We talk about it... the book" Kintsugi40, The Art of Resilience "presented on Europe 1"

  1. 1 lefeuvre gilberte

    I attended a conference of the author of this book in the spring of Japan at St Antoine du Rocher (37) and has his dedicated book that I also offered to two of my friends.... it became my bedside book.. I absolutely did not know this art of repairing by sublime what was broken (and therefore disposable) easily transposable on the human being driven by life. A vision foreign to our culture of the beautiful and. What a lesson of humility, patience, love

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    • 1 Blogjourapresjour

      Thank you very much gilberte for this very nice sharing!!!!!!! I remember you very well!! Maybe soon. Céline

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