PureJūnLife is your bridge to...
Engage your Heart,
Elevate your Life and
Connect with your Beauty.
Love – Loss – Self-Worth My own journey has been full of uncertainty and heartache in each of those areas of my life.
Over time, those small cracks in my heart grew into larger breaks that affected my entire being. There were times I felt broken, inadequate and disconnected. I expended a great deal of energy hiding those breaks and cracks from the world . . . and from myself.
In both my personal and professional lives, I've struggled with the emotional polarities of feeling loved and unloved . . . confident and fearful . . . safe and abandoned. . . appreciated and disregarded. It’s an exhausting and immobilizing way to live.
I often navigated my life alone without a partner, a wise teacher, or a meaningful spiritual direction.
I created PureJūnLife as a bridge to share my life experiences and lessons, as well as my resources to help others like me, who sometimes need another voice guiding them, supporting them, and saying, “You’re going to be OK.”
It is my sincere hope PureJūnLife makes a difference and is of service to you.
Elevating & Honoring Our Experiences
We are all aching for peace, calm, and balance in our lives . . . and the ancient traditions and rituals of Japan evoke these moods for me. Japan has cultivated a deeply rooted sensibility of calm and inner balance through centuries of practices rich with intention and introspection. One can immediately feel the grace and presence associated with the tea ceremony (Chano-yu), flower arranging (Ikebana), and poetry (Haiku).
A lesser-known Japanese tradition is the art of Kintsugi (Keen - Tsoo - Ghee), which I view as a powerful symbol for the Art of Living, the Art of Healing and the Art of Beauty.
Kintsugi was developed in 15th century Japan when local craftspeople created a way to elevate a broken bowl to a beautiful piece of art by joining the cracks with gold lacquer.
Rather than concealing the damage, they respected the bowl’s cracks and breaks, making it even more attractive and unique than the original.
Over many centuries, Japanese Zen masters established a philosophy that broken items shouldn’t be hidden or thrown out. Rather, they should be repaired with enormous care and continue to attract our respect and attention, symbolizing a reconciliation of flaws and accidents of time.
Instead of feeling broken and unworthy, wouldn’t it be refreshing to carefully repair, strengthen and respect our cracks and flaws and honor ourselves as more magnificent and interesting than the original?
Viewing ourselves as the cracked bowl that has been repaired with love and care, is the Art of connecting with the Beauty that is inherently within us.
Each of the five circles below is represented by a Japanese “Kanji” (Cahn - Gee) character which corresponds to a word. Kanji is also a poetic symbol of conveying a profound concept or idea.
These circles and Kanji characters symbolize a different crack in my life that has undergone repair. You, too, may have experienced similar cracks and breaks in your own life.
Love (twice!) – Loss – Health & Wellness – Beauty: Behind each Kanji character, I’ve shared mini-chapters of my experiences, Lessons Learned, and the resources and practices that are the “Gold Lacquer” of my life.
The Art of Beauty includes a cleansing and purifying skincare formulation that originated from past generations of my Japanese heritage. This small-batch “Jizake” (Gee-Zah-Kay) style skincare ritual is made available for you to experience as a daily practice of inspiration and intention.
I invite you to join me in Engaging your Heart, Elevating your Life, and Connecting with your Beauty.