Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance is a collection of essays that attempts to spin together spiritual wisdom and practical housekeeping. While not exactly my cup of tea, it has given great meaning and purpose to thousands of women because it encourages regular exploration of the deeper meaning of everyday rituals. I decided to filter my project through the Six Graces from Simple Abundance.

Gratitude: Awakening the Heart. Container, I am grateful to have the time and energy to use you to examine the meaning and importance of my things.

Simple Gifts: Embracing Simplicity. Thank you Container for helping me pare down, get to the basics and realize what is essential for my happiness.

A Sense of Order: Cultivating Contentment. Container, you are so wise because you require organization, you reduce clutter and confusion. You are my anchor to the new unfoldings in my life.

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Harmony: Achieving Balance. Container, this is one place where I feel like we still have some work to do. Simple Abundance says that harmony is the inner cadence of contentment we feel when the melody of life is in tune. To do this we have to strike the right chord that balances our world responsibilities with our inner needs. This is my most difficult challenge and it’s not yet clear how you can help me in my quest for harmony. Let’s keep talking about this one.

Beauty: Opening Our Eyes. Container, you and everything you hold has magnificence that is revealed, sustained, nurtured and celebrated enlivening the texture of my days. As I go to you several times each day, I particularly enjoy your top shelf that holds all of my special keepsakes and keeps my eyes focused on what I value in life.

Joy. Container, I come to you with a light heart and a full spirit engaged in a transformative process that will carry me onto the discovery of untold blessings.

Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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