Our monthly sitting group (meditation, discussion, and of course dinner) got together this weekend, for a conversation about grace.
We talked about an article by Lynn Ungar, in which she describes grace as “…moving with the flow of the river rather than against it. The river, the current of life, keeps flowing regardless of our choices. But we can choose to step into the current and float….”
Grace is stepping into the river of being, and choosing to float with it. Grace is not pushing the river but rather stepping into the flow, with awareness. Or it’s that moment when we realize we’ve been resisting the flow, and then we release. Knowing the moments of one’s life intimately, with both zoom and wide-angle perspectives.
Here’s another way of describing grace, which I stumbled across yesterday: “Between stimulus and response there’s a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our growth and our freedom.” (Viktor Frankl) Mindfulness practice leads us toward that space, in which there is freedom. Knowing that space, is grace.
And, finally, last night, my tea bag told me: “Grace brings contentment.” Sipping a hot cup of licorice-mint tea: an ordinary moment of contentment.
How do you experience grace, in your life?