Gardening Grace

Cultivating grace is like cultivating a garden.

Many people have experienced “grace moments.” Intuitively, they know what grace is, but trying to express this idea is challenging. Following are more ideas about grace, listed alphabetically.

Grace is to Align with the Divine – When a person lives in alignment with reality rather than struggles with illusions they are living in a state of grace. “Align with the Divine” may also be expressed as “Harmonizing with the Whole,” “Go with the Flow,” “Grace with God,” “Synergize with Source.” As Henry Miller noted, “The world is not to be put in order; the world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.” Putting ourselves in unison with this order is grace.

Grace is Awakening – Grace is awakening to the natural order of the universe. This awakening allows you to understand, appreciate, and accept reality rather than clinging to illusions. Awakening to reality creates cognitive harmony, in which everything makes sense, as opposed to cognitive dissonance, in which conflicting world views collide. Grace is a prolonged “ah-ha” moment. Grace is awakening to the paradox that we can never be fully aware of reality as it is, only as we, with our limited perceptions, can see it. This awakening may initially be perceived with terror, because at first, greater awareness can be disorienting, just as walking into the light can be as blinding as walking into the darkness. Yet expanded awareness inevitably leads to intense gratitude and actions motivated by compassion.

Quotations

Grace is Gratitude – The word grace comes from the Latin root, “gratia,” which means pleasing and is also the root of the word “gratitude.” At its heart, grace is gratitude for all that is. Gratitude naturally results when you become aware of the events, processes, and coincidences that must happen to support your life. It is the realization that trillions of cells in your body all coordinate to give you life. Grace is gratitude for our blessings, despite our circumstances. Grace is gratitude for the gift of a blade of grass, the joy of a child, and the existence of the universe.

Grace is Gentleness – Grace feels like gentleness toward self, others and the world. Grace is the opposite of harsh. “In grace, I feel truly At One with whatever it is that I’m feeling gentleness with.” ~ Sky

Grace is Beyond Happiness – Happiness is a state of mind that may be oblivious to problems, pain and conflict. In contrast, grace is a state of mind that acknowledges adversities and transcends them. It is joked that happiness can be found in a bottle. Alcohol numbs the pain, which rebounds when the buzz wear off. In contrast, grace clarifies the cause of the pain, thereby enabling a person to effectively deal with the source of the pain. Furthermore, grace is lasting and leaves no hangover or addiction.