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Not Broken, Just Changed

Not Broken, Just Changed

In the Japanese tradition of Kintsugi, when a bowl or plate is broken, it is mended using gold. The belief is that instead of masking the mend, it is important to highlight the break as an important part of the bowl’s history—a piece of history that in turn makes the bowl more valuable.

During this years Spiritual Retreat, 16 young people from our Walsh campus contemplated and celebrated the valuable breaks and mendings in life both metaphorically and literally. The retreat, titled “Not Broken, Just Changed,” asked the youth to think about how forgiveness can mend what is broken, and create something new.

The youth participated in several sessions that asked them to think, converse and create over the weekend. In one session, they talked about the three types of forgiveness (forgiveness for others, forgiveness for self, and forgiveness from others), and where there is room in their lives for each of those. In another session, they wrote the names of people whey needed to forgive on balloons full of confetti, and then popped them while saying “I forgive you,” to simulate what forgiveness feels like.

In another activity, the youth put a bowl in a Ziplock bag, broke it with a hammer, painted the pieces and reflected on what those pieces symbolized in them, and then put all the pieces back together.

Our spiritual retreats are a great opportunity for our kids to learn and grow together, as well as build community with each other and our coworkers.

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