If we are broken, everything is broken?
Perhaps you have fallen prey to this thought during periods of great pain and suffering. Seeing all parts of yourself as broken when in fact you are actually dealing with a very discrete pain, hurt, or experience of loss, or, seeing the world and its objects: your friends, your classmates, your family or your partner as entirely broken because of the deep pain you feel inside- both are examples of situations where the shattering you experience attempts to shatter the untouchable.
It can be easy in times of stillness, joy and appreciative understanding to see the tremendous fallacy of such a view of universal brokenness, but it is precisely during these periods of hurt where broken will only see broken, no matter how false the reality may be. And just as easily as we can slip into such negative cognitive distortions, we can also overlook pain when all we feel is joy, love and happiness. Suffering in joy, peace in brokenness, a daily mantra to instill the realness of this most precious life, and to remind us all of the undeniable beauty of our essential impermanence.