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Kintsugi Anchor

Dear siSTARS,

Happy Victoria weekend everyone. It was on a weekend like this that brings up a memory of mine.

We often find ourselves anxious and fearful. These emotions can be overwhelming, but I want to share with you a personal tip that has helped me navigate these choppy waters.

Often I take myself back to a memory, I'm in a canoe, my hand trailing in the cool water, watching my family on the dock ahead. This is one of my favorite memories with my family years ago on a trip up north visiting family. It has become an anchor during stressful times, such as sitting in the dentist's chair or facing other anxieties. It calms me, brings me joy, and reminds me that happiness can be found in small, peaceful moments.

As a Kintsugi woman, I've learned to embrace my imperfections and find strength in them. Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, teaches us that our scars make us more beautiful and resilient. In times of stress and anxiety, recalling these golden moments can help us, too.

What about you? What stirs up anxiety within you? How do you cope, and what are your triggers? It's essential to identify these so you can address them head-on.

Here are some suggestions to help you overcome your fears and anxiety:

- Connect with Nature: Spend time outdoors. Nature has a calming effect on the mind and soul.

- Journaling: Write down your thoughts and feelings. It can be therapeutic and provide clarity.

- Mindfulness Meditation: Practice being present in the moment, focusing on your breath, and letting go of intrusive thoughts.

- Physical Activity: Engage in exercise or any physical activity that you enjoy. It helps release endorphins, which are natural mood lifters.

- Seek Support: Talk to friends, family, or professionals. Sharing your worries can lighten your burden.

Remember, like the Kintsugi pottery, our experiences, both good and bad, make us who we are. They add to our story, creating a unique pattern that is ours alone. So let's share our Kintsugi love, support each other, and find beauty in our healing.

I hope this resonates with you. It's a gentle reminder that we all have our methods of coping, and by sharing them, we can help each other find peace and happiness. Keep embracing the Kintsugi spirit, and let’s continue to support one another on this journey.

With love and light

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