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  • My story in a nutshell!

    16 posts, 11 voices, 890 views, started Sep 28, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2008 by Michelle Bodycombe

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      I was born in a poor environment, & thought having money would make me happy. I grew up with limited opportunities for education, & thought getting more education would make me happy. I witnessed domestic abuse as a child, & thought having a husband who would never hit me would make me happy. I never really knew exactly what I wanted, but I knew what I didn't want. I didn't want to repeat the cycle of poverty & abuse... this was my driving force. I was ambitious, determined & persistent.
      In my twenties I applied to an institution for higher education even though I did not have the minimum requirement, I persisted until I was accepted & graduated top of my class. My ambition drove me to apply for a position for which I did not possess the minimum education and experience required. I just knew I was born with the gift of gab and once I got in the door I stood a chance of talking them into hiring me...I got the job & was well on my way to being a successful individual.
      I was doing well...I had the husband, the child, the house, the car, the good job with "benefits" & room for growth. I also had a lot more "stuff" than when I was growing up...so, considering where I began, I should be happy. Well, I was not & I needed to know why my ideal job was not fulfilling and neither was my marriage...something was missing.
      I've always been happy & optimistic but, that deep down satisfying feeling of complete happiness I expected to feel, having achieved all that I had, just wasn't there.
      I began to question everything I believed about success & happiness & how we are supposed to live. I cannot say that I planned any of my actions that got me to where I am today, I think my questioning opened me up and the universe pushed me until I learned/began to flow.
      I began putting me first, so when I wasn't working I spent time doing things I enjoyed. Eventually I separated from my husband & in my confusion of trying to figure out why I was hurting everyone I loved led me to a journaling workshop where I learned meditation, this opened up a whole new world to me...I realized I was at a threshold...it was scary...I had no idea what was on the other side...but, I was able to step over that threshold and...in the blink of an eye...I was blessed by grace. I felt an abundance of love & gratitude for myself & all things. I knew that, no matter what happened, everything would be ok.
      That grace created within me a desire to know god & so my spiritual journey began. There is a saying, "when the student is ready the teacher appears." Everything I needed the universe presented.  I have found that my purpose is to be of service to others, to share my story and let my life be an example that to live authentically and to love unconditionally is possible. I find that my life takes effortless action; the universe truly takes care of its own.



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          Almostfive0 wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • Love it!

          Bodycombe, I am totally feeling where you are at right now.
          It realize now that for years I was constantly going from one thing to the other trying to fill a void in my life that I didn’t really know how to explain or even that it existed. All I knew is that something was missing and there was something that I wasn’t remembering.

          Since practicing meditation, quieting myself so that I could hear the answers to the questions that are already inside of me, I have learned quite a few things about myself. Some of those things were hard to come to grips with and some where very positive.  

          But I have learned that there is a part of me that needs to help in guiding others to reach their highest source...the source that we are all connected to and will eventually return to one day. I have learned that this for me does not come by preaching to or by teaching in the conventional way but by living in a way that inspires and motivates others.

          You saying the quote, ‘when the student is ready the teacher shall appear‘, is probably the third time I’ve heard mentioned in the same amount of days. Nothing is coincidence.
          It is true that when you listen to what the universe has to say you learn that life is effortless and that you are already taken care of.
          We all came here with everything that we will ever need and know everything that we need to know. Our role here is to remember.
          Thank you for sharing.
          Peace.



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          Michelle Bodycombe wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • Thank you for sharing!!!  It is truly a wonderful place to be...I have been in this space for the past 8 years...It hasn’t failed me yet...I’m just really excited that if I live to be 80...that a lot of years to be an inspiration to others.  I’m also really excited to meet people who know and live the truth of who/what we are.

          Love!



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          Almostfive0 wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • DITTO...!

          As I say to others as well as remind myself that it is a process and has to be cultivated on a daily basis.
          Are there times when I forget and fall into that worry mode sometimes?...definitely! But it doesn’t last long. I know now that all I need to do is be still be quit and listen.
          much love.



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          Ladybug wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • Thank you, ladies. I know you are right. Something about meditation. I learned to meditate in my early 30s, just after I became a single Mom. Maybe that’s what got me by all those tough years. I’ve been thinking lately that meditation is what is missing for me. It takes practice. To control your own mind such that what goes in is completely under ones own control. This hit home for me last week when I was forced to realize how hurt I was by the mere words of a negative person. (really a statement about himself that he projected onto me.) I knew what it was but felt a little disgusted with myself when I realized the impact it had on my disposition. Just proof that words hurt. And proof that I need to get back to being in better control of myself.

          What makes it so bad is that I used to teach the meditation and relaxation class. Wow, time to get back to me. Thank God I didn’t take the antidepressant medication, only the Lord knows where I would be now.

          I’m glad to know that place of peace and satisfaction is reachable. I want to enjoy finding it.



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          Almostfive0 wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • ladybug,
          Like I said, and like I know you know, it is a process and has to be practiced daily.
          It’s amazing how we can let something someone says effect us in such a way as to bring up some old feeling of insecurity within ourselves even though we know that whatever they say has nothing to do with us and is about them. Your reaction as you said was your reminder to get back into practice.
          Peace.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 28, 2008
        • I want to tell you that you truly have a gift. You opened your heart and your mind and listened to the soft whispers, you opened yourself up to feeling the gentle nudges, you had the trust and belief in yourself to follow the path that had been lit before you.  

          So many have heard the whispers, felt the nudges, saw the lit path, and did nothing.

          You listened, felt and followed and you’ve experienced the joy of triumph.

          You are inspiring.

          Thank you for sharing your story!
          Cynthia



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          Michelle Bodycombe wrote Sep 29, 2008
        • Greetings ladybug!

          Thank you for sharing.  Keep following your intuition and you will get there...enjoy the ride!

          ...love is all there is, only love is real!



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          Michelle Bodycombe wrote Sep 29, 2008
        • Thanks Chocolatier!

          ...love is all there is, only love is real!



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Nov 14, 2008
        • I just read your personal story In a nutshell. Thanks for the inspiring words. “Your quote that the teacher will appear when the student is ready” is so true.  We have to all reach that point but few really get it once they are there. I'm glad that you not only open the door but you walked through the threshold and found the gift of grace!
          You have a wonderful day!
          Take care and God bless,
          Gayle



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 14, 2008
        • Life is the Journey, not a destination.



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          Chrissyandcoco wrote Nov 14, 2008
        • Great comment Greeneyedlady... our destination is yet to come.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 14, 2008
        • Dana,
          I am in the same boat. I have let life get too busy to take time to be quiet and listen. I know that taking that time helps me to be more focused and less stressed. These are wonderful inspirational stories. Thank you all for sharing.



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