Monday, July 23, 2012

Amazing Grace

I love the word 'grace'.  Just saying it calms me and brings me a sense of peace.  Stop for a moment, and just say it out loud.....grace.....ahhhmazing grace.

 The word has many definitions.  Spiritual grace, refers to unmerited divine assistance.   Other definitions include words such as approval, favor, mercy and pardon.

 What if we treated our self with GRACE?

What if we truly allowed ourselves to approve and favor how truly awesome we are?   We can be  quick to move past what we have accomplished, for fear of looking boastful.  We often make ourselves less, for fear of how it will make others feel.  When the truth is fully embracing our gold,  is the very thing that will allow more of it into the world, and give others the permission to do the same.

What if we pardoned ourselves at the times when we fall short? Our acts of misalignment with values and authentic self bring out our harshest of disciplinarians.  Negative thoughts, guilt and lamentation fill up our minds and our time.  And although it seems that we need to be strict on ourselves, we find that its not enough to make us align with who we really are.  It is  mercy, that allows us to walk in step again.

We don't need to do anything to earn ourselves grace, nothing needs to change .....unmerited and oh so divine.

In the second verse of the hymn, Amazing Grace it says " How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed."   The moment that you believe in your the authentic you, apart from your thoughts and emotions...that is the moment that grace arrives.... precious, precious grace.

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home."
-Amazing Grace
Written by John Newton

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