Grace exists in the beautifully blossoming spring flowers and the soft rain showers that blanket the Earth in order to nourish this vital time of rebirth, spring. Of course, sometimes the rain can be harsh, or not come at all. However these things come to us, it is important to stay in touch with the grace of nature, to listen for it. We often get so preoccupied in our world that we forget to pause and listen to others. We cannot know what others are feeling and experiencing in their daily lives. Without grace, the soft, nourishing rains may never fall and thus the Earth and humanity might be denied the opportunity for rebirth.
In order for us to practice grace, we need to remain present in the here and now. We need to be aware of whatever feelings we are experiencing, acknowledge those feelings, and let them pass. Breath is a very important part of that process, as in a mediation practice. However, if one is not interested in mediation, just be aware of your breath, pause your mind, let the feeling sink into your bones, like the soft rain, and then be present here and now. This is grace, it is really that simple. We should offer it up to someone when they cut us off in our car, in line at the store, or to a dear friend who might be having a tough time in life. No judging as to yourself or especially the other person, for we have not walked in their shoes. To offer up grace to this planet is a wonderful act of gratitude for all the planet has given us. Think of how beautiful if everyone offered up grace to one another for just an hour! What soothing thoughts and feelings come into my heart, like the gentle rain.
Try to act in a graceful manner today to a total stranger, a loved one, and yourself. Grace, what a wonderful gift!