The dictionary has two definitions for the word grace. One definition states, "A way of moving that is smooth and attractive." The other definition states, "A virtue coming from God." The fluidity that comes with grace is very appealing to me. When a person moves with grace, or when life blesses one with grace, the underlying emotion is love. There is a flow of beautiful, soft energy emanating through that moment.
Imagine the movements of a yoga instructor as he/she maneuvers through the different postures with ease and agility. In that moment of mind and body connection, the spirit is being expressed. The essence of each person's spirit is love. It is one of the primordial energies that make up our DNA. So when thoughts are minimized through focus on the breath during yoga, the love deep within has an opportunity to express itself. With ease and comfort, movements become swan-like on the mat, even if for a brief moment.
This is a powerful declaration of the soul. This is also one of the reasons epiphanies are born on the yoga mat. Fluidity, hence love, gives the real answers to life versus rigidity or frustration. It is a showcase of being present in the moment, of being one with life. The truth of life, the power of the present moment, consists of ease in motion. When we fight the moment, we are fighting with the natural current of life. Acceptance brings grace back.
When life graces a person with goodwill, the oneness and wholeness of our existence is expressed in that moment. People are often heard saying, "By the grace of God, I was pulled out of that situation." Well the grace of God is love from life. It could be your past acts of kindness accumulated into a burst of affection in that moment. Whatever the reason, the grace of God is life coming full circle. It is the universe recognizing your merits. And again, it is powerful.
The types of grace expressed through the Self and through God are blessings. The underlying current within all of us, within this life, within God, is love. Everything else is just residue of pain, judgment, ego and fear. If we remove all that clouds us, we get back to the essence of what we were born with -- love. And there is nothing more pure and elegant than love for Self and love for life. That brief moment of grace is an expression of our prayers, hopes and efforts becoming crystallized. It transforms into fuel for continuing, for knowing life is reciprocating. And if we become more open to the goodness around us, we will realize we are blessed with more than we think. Too often, people wait for the big break, the big epiphany before incorporating more fluidity and grace in their life.
What if you made a point to recognize more love in your heart and life? What if you made a point to accept the moment as it is? If you do, I bet your moments of grace would increase tremendously.