The art of seeking grace within

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"Perfection is the goal of human life, but human efforts are very limited. Happiness does not come merely by human endeavor, but comes through grace."

Swami Rama, Living with the Himalayan Masters

The above quote resonated within me. I sat there reading it over and over again. Each time my eyes read those words something new within me would come alive. But what captured my attention in this quote was the word 'grace'  When pronounced it sounds soft yet filled with love and has an air of dignity to it. 

My journey has been greeted with various bumps in life, some have been significant and some have been quite insignificant. C'est la vie! (as the french would say) and through this I have not only grown internally but am morphing into a woman of substance as well.

"Grace was in all her steps, Heav'n in her Eye, In every gesture dignity and love"

John Milton

I believe one's journey is not just about accepting or fighting a particular situation BUT how I embrace it into my path. When an unpleasant or pleasant situation presents itself at my door step I have accepted it and moved on but there is a feeling or a sense of reluctance or over confidence to this acceptance 

Through my own experience I have found that when I accept an unpleasant situation grudgingly and dishearteningly my steps to move forward are enveloped with feelings of frustration, anger, confusion and much grumpiness! My body language begins to show signs of tightness and looses its elegance or gracefulness. My thoughts are filled with doubts and what ifs!

Similarly when I accept a positive situation the journey forward is filled with elation and feelings of accomplishment. My body language becomes somewhat clumsy and I can and have become arrogant in my behavior, action and thoughts. Here too I begin to loose that gracefulness not only within myself but also on the outside.

"God, give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,courage to change the things that can be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other"

Reinhold Niebuhr

One does not need to be a dancer to imbibe grace or elegance within one's mind, body and soul. When on my yoga mat I invite grace into my being. I am conscious as to how I flow, think, breathe and pause during my practice. How I am on the mat will seep through into my day to day life as well.

Opening the self to grace and elegance will pave the way for kindness, compassion, dignity, humility, balance and much more no matter what the outcome of a certain situation may bring. One will discover beauty in one's movement and expression be it body, mind and soul 

I" do not understand the mystery of grace- only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us"

Anne Lamott