I stumbled upon this amazing project when I joined the Arts and Healing Network the other day. Apparently, a kind and creative soul by the name of Cami Walker started this project after giving a gift a day for 29 days and seeing transformation in the lives of others and in herself. Through her process of giving, she noticed her MS symptoms diminished and she experienced more health and abundance in her own life. Read here for more about her story.
I have decided to join this movement in order to help balance the giving and receiving in my own life. By reflecting on my own life as a person in a "giving" profession--and by witnessing my clients try to balance the giving and receiving aspects of their own lives--I've come to the realization that we need to nurture both our giving (or yang) and receiving (or yin) sides. Both aspects must be attended to (and listened to) in order to achieve good balance and health.
In your own life, do you find that you give in a way that makes you feel exhausted? Do you ever find yourself having a hard time receiving? Joining this project has made me much more aware of my relationship to giving in general. Are there times when I resent giving (and why)? When do I resist accepting someone's generosity (and why)? How do I care for myself when I give a great deal without listening to my own body's message to take a break? How do I feel when I give without expecting anything in return? When has giving given me great joy?
Here's a bit more information about the 29 Gifts project (excerpted from their website):
"29Gifts.org is a global giving movement with more than 3, 600 members in 38 countries. Our collective mission at 29Gifts is to revive the giving spirit in the world. We change lives—and change the world—one gift at a time.
HOW IT WORKS:
Sign up and then give away 29 gifts in 29 days. Your 29 gifts can be anything given to anyone... money, food, old sweaters, smiles, your time, kind words or thoughts. You can start your own personal 29-Day Giving Challenge at any time—there’s no official begin or end date. To complete the challenge, submit a story, post a piece of your original artwork, create a short film or write a song. Tell us about your favorite gives and the impact it made on your life to focus on giving."
I just created my own page on the 29 Gifts website. You can check it out here. I will be starting my 29 days of gifting today and documenting my process on my page.
Want to join me? To sign up, just visit: http://givingchallenge.ning.com/main/authorization/signUp