Weekly Photo Challenge: The Nature of Grace

This is the challenge of a lifetime. Grace is my middle name – for reals! I have been striving to live gracefully ever since my parents explained to me what that name means, hence the blog motto above. I find subtle differences in the nuance of the definition now that I’m learning Buddhism and leaving the Christian world view that I was raised with in my background.

There is something of elegance, but not a worldly elegance. 

warm-rose

There is an element of casual generosity, an unearned favor and abundance.

lilacs

The Buddhist perspective lends the flavor of ego-less-ness to it; it is beauty without attachment, as ephemeral as frost.

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To live a life of grace is to open yourself mindfully each moment to being in the flow of the kindness of the Universe, in a way. To walk in harmony with my surroundings – people, places, things – and to be a living benediction is my aspiration. It sounds pretty lofty and ethereal, like a cloud, and I don’t claim to be doing the metaphor justice. But I might as well aim high in my practice. 

graceful-cloud

 
Graceful

13 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: The Nature of Grace

  1. Hi Scilla. You set me off on the trail of the Graceful in my experience. Spent so long thinking about your post that it shifted from graceful to grateful. Thanks M.

    • One of the “natural gifts” that I think I have is appreciation. To look at a thing with awe and wonder and curiosity and deep gratitude is a valuable skill, even though it doesn’t translate into a paycheck very often. Someone should do it anyway, otherwise we lose the knack!

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