Part 2 - Uncovering purpose - nurture whole-hearted connections

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Nurture whole-hearted connections

In my last journal post I talked about the first purpose of the Joy of Giving concept – to support kiwi children and young people in need. I love to support these three charities with their big hearts 🧡💚💙 (now you'll know what I'm talking about when you see those 3 hearts!) – Shine, Barnardos and The Kindness Institute . Combined they offer such care, kindness and dedicated services to create a better future for children and young people growing up here.

You'll notice that the hearts on social media were handwritten and cut out the cards from cardboard with imperfections on full display - not your normal Instagram approach!  But it is deliberate, as I am learning and embracing the Japanese philosophy of 'wabi sabi' which the author Leonard Koren in "Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers" describes as "the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental". Gretchen Roberts in 'Wabi Sabi Your Life: 6 Strategies for Embracing Imperfection' suggests "I find the idea of abandoning "perfect" and even "good enough" irresistibly tempting. Life -- the fingerprints, scars, and laugh lines -- is itself perfectly imperfect, and I can embrace the beauty in that.

Back to purpose! Part 2 ... 

The second purpose of Joy of Giving concept is to nurture whole-hearted connections and well-being especially for women. In her book the “Gifts of Imperfection” (which I’m currently re-reading) Brene Brown describes whole-hearted connection as:

“the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”

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As women we often spend a lot of time giving and nurturing others in our families and wider communities – but it’s also important (essential self-care) to have the time to experience and prioritise our own well-being.  I will be sharing some tips in future journal entries around what I’ve learnt over the years through my reading and experiences of travel, career and motherhood to help support you in your own journey to discovering joy and holistic well-being (mind-body-spirit). 

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At Joy of Giving we are all about nurturing connection – whether it is through journal writing, the tradition & ritual of tea making, the awareness and focus of breath with candle light or the sanctuary of shower & bath-time rituals.  Creating simple joyful moments that make your heart sing! Your connection to self, your loved ones and your community are embraced and sustained. I love the way an unexpected gift can make you feel –  it’s a feeling of joy, warmth and being fully present in the moment. We know that we are loved and appreciated as we are. Our shared experience, both giving and receiving our gifts (whatever those may be), is a foundation for nurturing and expanding our connections within our family, our work-places, our community and for those beautiful caring angels in your community (aka our volunteers, nurses, teachers/coaches, hospice workers, midwives, social/community workers, health/life/wellness guides).  

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Thank you for reading the JoG journal – I am so grateful and thankful for your kind support. Take time this week to nurture your own gifts and whole-hearted connections with others. Next time we cover ‘supporting community and environment’ the third and final part to the Joy of Giving concept.

With love,

Naomi xxx

 

Naomi Craymer