Happy-U Bloggity Blog

Holistic Approach to Positive Psychology & Yoga

Grace as a Way of Life

on January 29, 2013

Yesterday, I posed to my yoga class the question, “What does Grace look like to you?” When you think about a graceful person, how does she act? How does he conduct himself? How does that person interact with others and how does he or she move through his or her life?

Fred-Astaire-Ginger-Rogers-2.

Now, I’m not necessarily talking about a Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers kind of grace (although that would be nice too), but more of the day to day attitude of love, kindness, and good will toward others. The ability to take life’s challenges with a calm & faithful heart. To trade the tendency to panic for the tendency to appreciate everything as a step toward something greater.

grace 2

 

Another more subtle form of grace came to mind as I read a short article in this month’s Whole Living magazine about thinking before you speak & act. Apparently, researchers at Vanderbilt University found that when monkeys were trained to make instant decisions , their brains changed the way they processed information to value speed over accuracy. This means that conversely, when we practice mindfulness to think through our actions and our words, we become accustomed to value accuracy over speed. And in this fast-paced world, I see mindfulness in our manner of communication as a sign of grace; one that usually falls to the bottom of the list in terms of priority.

grace 1

So this week, consider how grace shows up in your life. Worry not about being perfect, but about being mindful. About being forgiving, loving, and faithful in every moment. And if you CAN learn a few graceful dance moves, that’d be great too 🙂

grace 3

Advertisements

2 responses to “Grace as a Way of Life

  1. Sara Shaning says:

    Such a good one. Thanks!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Dennis Shaning says:

    Sara passed this on to me. Glad she did. Wonderful thoughts. Thank you . Doc aka Denny Boy

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: