I’ve been working to manifest grace from within. Webster defines grace as: elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action. Isn’t it lovely to see someone moving or acting gracefully? Wouldn’t you love to exude grace too? I know I would…so I strive to manifest grace in my thoughts, words, actions, and movements.
The latest in the Oprah-Chopra guided meditation series, Manifesting Grace through Gratitude, was my favorite of all of their meditations, and has really helped me with this concept. If you didn’t catch the live online version, I highly recommend downloading this one.
So why manifest grace from within?
My life has been über-chaotic lately. Prepping our sailboat for an offshore voyage is a daunting task at times. Every project seems to be two-steps forward, one-step back. And then there is the fact that our 300-square-foot living space constantly looks like it’s been hit by a tornado. Hardly a space for the cats to sleep let alone for us to sit down at the table and eat or work. Life can be SO frustrating at times…
Then I remind myself to breathe…and manifest grace in every situation…
I’m alive, I have my health, I have a roof over my head, and water to drink. I’m physically able to carry heavy boxes down the dock, go up the mast, or climb under the cockpit for repairs as needed. It may sound cliché, but it’s really true: No matter how bad things get, there is always something to be grateful for. And things could always be worse.
Our yoga practice has pretty much gone out the window these past few weeks in favor of “boga” [boat-yoga], which usually involves some form of laying upside-down while twisting your body into a pretzel in order to reach that out-of-the-way screw where the screw-driver won’t really fit anyway, and you need to hold a mirror with your other hand to even see it… who builds these boats anyway?!
Though our yoga practice has suffered, I am grateful that we have managed to (mostly) hold onto our meditation practice and find small ways to bring grace into our lives.
Let Grace Into Your Life
Walking down the dock each morning from boat to shore seeing the clouds in the sky, the blue herons and kingfishers catching fish while paying us no attention, the curious harbor seals with their big brown eyes, the tides and the wind—all make us feel grateful to be alive, surrounded by nature in the middle of a huge city.
Watching our young cats chase bugs (or each other!) around the boat, leap sideways, then fall asleep in the craziest positions always puts a smile on our face, makes our hearts swell with grace and gratitude that we have cats to love and care for.
The outpouring of support from friends helping with boat projects, bringing us dinner [because our galley (kitchen) is too pulled apart to cook right now], and running last minute errands for us before we set sail is heartwarming and instills more grace and gratitude in us.
The more you are grateful for the small things in life, the more you let grace into your life. And the less the daily frustrations get under your skin. Which is a less stressful, healthier way to live life.
So check out the meditation series Manifesting Grace through Gratitude, and start to bring more grace into your life. As the rat race continues on around you, you will find your own peace among the chaos, with fair winds and following seas.
Please leave a comment to let us know how you manifest grace from within?
*As an aside, while I do write for the Chopra Center, I don’t benefit in any way from recommending this meditation series. I just really love it, and think you will too. 🙂