I have been working with a goal group over the years, this year makes year 7 for us. Working with them has kept me on track. It’s so great to have a group of people that you can count on to hold you accountable for what you say month after month (year after year.) I met with them at the beginning of this year, and this afternoon I emailed them the year I envision for myself. I don’t really write out yearly goals anymore (I did in the past), but I do write down what I want to work on. It’s usually feelings and ways of being, and what that might look or sound like. I feel that it is important to get clear with the feelings you want (the intangible) more so then the things you want. I don’t believe that we ever really want things (specific relationships, bodies, homes, etc.), I believe we want how these things will make us feel. So why not get it down to what it really is, it’s a feeling.
As I read through my 2010 Focus List (or goal list) for the year, I noticed how much I wanted to feel grace in my life. There where many things written down, but I had really strong feelings about the words ‘cultivate grace’ on my list. My whole body would feel something when I passed over those words. I knew the feeling that I was after when I wrote them down, but I decided to do an internet search to see what information was out there about the meaning of grace.
One of the best sources for the meaning of grace I found on the internet was; http://www.Art of Grace.org. Everything I was feeling and thinking was listed there. After reading over that website I felt so inspired. Life and mystery felt perfect again. I was clear that grace was an important quality to manifest for 2010.
I’m posting a few quotes from the Art of Grace website that felt really good for me to read. They are very inline with what I was thinking when I added grace to my Focus List.
“When you are in balance, you are in grace. This balance is dynamic equilibrium rather than a steady state. Often, this balance seems a paradox: joy and sorrow, fear and love, give and take, dark and light, yin and yang. Yet a Heraclitus noted, opposites are necessary for the balance of existence: “All things come into being by conflict of opposites.”
“A person living in grace depends upon no one person or thing, nor do they feel independent from all. Instead, the person living in grace realizes the interdependence of all existence.”
“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.”
“Grace is the realization that you are connected (immersed) in perfect relationship with the ultimate source of existence. In unity with the ultimate source, you are able to let love flow through you, allowing for deeper intimacy with others.”
“Like a ballerina, a person has grace if she possesses strength. As a spiritual strength, grace allows a person to realize their convictions, to do the right thing, even when it is difficult to do so. As with muscular strength, strength of spirit comes from practice, stress, good nourishment and rest. Grace is cultivated by exercising right actions every day, nourishing your spirit and taking breaks from the travails of life.”
“When the rhythms of our body-mind are in synch with nature’s rhythms, when we are living in harmony with life, we are living in the state of grace. To live in grace is to experience that state of consciousness where things flow effortlessly and our desires are easily fulfilled. Grace is magical, synchronistic, coincidental, joyful. It’s that good-luck factor. But to live in grace we have to allow nature’s intelligence to flow through us without interfering.”