There’s a quote in the Bible – and also at the beginning of this chapter – about looking to the rock you came from. To me, that’s always been these people. They’re the ones who taught me to believe in more than me – who gave me the foundation I needed to build my own faith on. They’ve shared their wisdom, carried me through dark hours, and shined brightly and brilliantly in everything they’ve done.
I share these stories of my beginnings with you not just to brag about how cool my family is, but to shine light on the rocks we all come from. There is a heritage of faith we all carry, and while it can’t sustain us into a faith that will weather the storms of life unto itself, it’s good to know where we came from and what we carry with us. Rituals and ancient stone buildings had meaning to those who came before, and sometimes that very ritual and meaning is a spark that can begin a quest within for the kind of God our ancestors believed in enough to suffer for and write hymns about.
This is my heritage of faith, my tribe of believers. There is a beginning for all of us in our walk with God – looking back so we can walk forward.
Faith is the evidence of things unseen. It isn’t a feeling that can wash over and away quickly, like the burst of happiness at a beautiful sunset. It’s a choice, a journey, and one that can change and shape a person over years. The shape that faith makes of you depends on your resistance and your surrender, and sometimes both at the same time.
This is a journey of faith: the good and bad and messy. It’s full of questions, sometimes answers, sometimes horrible missteps. Expect silliness, stories, thoughts, musings, heartaches, and wonder within these pages. There is beauty even in ashes.
About the Author
Carol Beck is a dreamer, unicorn lover, yoga teacher, and author living in the Washington, D.C. area. Her first book, BELIEVE: Releasing Limiting Beliefs to Find Your Authentic Self was released in 2018. Through sharing her personal experiences through trauma and unbelief with readers, Carol offered tips, tricks, and tools to let go of limitations and become who you were meant to be.
With her second book, Beauty From Ashes: A Journey of Faith, Carol shares her journey with faith––addressing the disappointment, vulnerability, miracles, and joys that can come through believing in something bigger than oneself.
Carol is a 500-hour trained Ayurveda Yoga Teacher and studied at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She also studied aromatherapy at the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies.
Carol holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Political Science from Syracuse University, a Master of Science in Justice, Law & Society from American University, and a diploma for graduates in International Relations from the University of London.
You can find more about Carol at her website: www.joyyoga108.com.