When Mind, Body and Soul Meet

Dear Reader:

Every few years I come back across the book Simple Abundance by Sarah Breathnach, written in 1995, and I marvel at the new connections and realizations we share… even after all the years of separation in our writings and feelings.

What we both came to realize is that epiphanies occur every day, the sacred can always be found in the ordinary and the mystical in the most mundane of situations. I admit I never really got the “authentic “life idea for a long time. I was just me… was I missing something? Yes… an awareness that everything in life is connected and we are part of this magical web of throbbing life-a life to be cherished in all its intricate design.

Under the ordinary lies the extraordinary if we are open to it. This I witness daily in my garden meditations, surprises and delights! When we start thinking of everyday life as our prayer… a sense of the mind, body, and soul emerging into one … then ” self” is fully revealed. * As Breathnach explains it…” True Self is the soul made visible.

So until tomorrow…Abundance and lack are parallel realities… only we can make the daily choice which one to inhabit… Margaret young said it best;

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.”

Today is my favorite day. Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday I was at Lucy Beckham High school to see all the art ” campers” projects that they just completed after three weeks of selected art entries-Eva Cate chose textiles to concentrate on.

Today I am switching grandkids -watching the boys while Mollie works with children learning English as their second language. Can hardly wait to hear all the Maine adventures.

Home tonight…I will be tired but the good kind of tired!

The largest hibiscus bloom … EVER! ( dwarfed the bush) So proud of another ” Big Red!”

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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