Awakening

Grace is appreciation of the blessings of life.

Grace is the realization that the power that creates the universe is friendly and supports your life. It is the realization that if any one of several universal constants, such as speed of light, gravitational constant, or the energy in a quantum of light differed by any amount, we would not be here. Although this realization has nothing to say about whether these constants were “designed” or the result of random chance, that life exists is awe-inspiring. Grace is the realization that supernovas exploded with the power to fuse hydrogen and helium into calcium, magnesium, phosphate, and nitrogen needed to create the molecules of your body. Grace is the realization that you are immersed in the creative and loving force of the universe, known to some as Nature, or God, or Source or Being or a host of other names.

Every spiritual discipline leads to the realization of supreme gratitude for the gift of life.

One spiritual discipline is contemplating the unseen world revealed by science.

Grace is awareness that your body is a community of 100 trillion coordinated cells that allow you to move and think and sing. Grace is the realization that quadrillions of bacteria, archaea, protists, plants, animals, and fungi work together to provide you with food, oxygen, and other essentials of life. Grace is the realization that millions of your ancestors expressed their love through billions of small and large acts of support so that you exist today.

A paradox is that we are immersed in an ocean of blessings, and yet we often fail to see them. We evolved to see potential threats more than blessings. Those who perceived fear survived to pass on their genes, while some who were blissed out by the beauty of existence were snuffed out. Furthermore, until recently, no one knew that trillions of cells supported our life, that light permeates all existence, that we are the products of supernovae explosions billions of years ago, or any of the other miracles of existence

Awareness will give us understanding. Understanding will give us compassion. Compassion will give us love.

~ Deepak Chopra