It is the first glimpse of the sun
The final closing of the eyes when day is done
It is the smile of a stranger
The laugh of a child
The touch of a friend
It is everywhere when we open our hearts
And invisible to us when we close ourselves
It is the waves upon the shore
The rain upon the earth
The floating of a snowflake
The consistency of the mountains
The fire of the stars
It is forgiving
It is believing
It is accepting
It is walking side-by-side in silence
The recognition of the essence that lies within
It is seeing beauty in everything
It is extending the heart or the hand to another offering acceptance
When I considered Grace throughout September, I came to realize the depth of the word such that I am not sure it can be defined as much as it can be visualized or conceptualized.
Grace is going beyond what we feel we can do or the person that we are and recognizing that there is more or that we can give or do for the greater good or for others. It is not seeing the barista or the service person or the wait staff or the person on the street as “something”; it is seeing them as “someone.” It is recognizing the spirit within each of us and ourselves.
September is a month of grace. It is the beginning of seasonal transition. We see nature turning from the life filled greens and pastels of summer to the vibrant gems of fall. We are graced with a cooling of the evenings and the brilliance of sunny skies.
This September held other beams of grace for me as I took action to enrich my life with a workshop or two and the prospect of a new yoga practice.
And what is grace for you?
RAOKA is founded on the idea that we can do little things to make a difference. The little things in life, the little things that we all can do and do daily – like laughter, express passion, gratitude… These acts are noted by various people in accordance with a theme chosen each month. September’s theme was Grace; The theme for October is Hugs!
If you would like to participate in RAOKA, please contact Zeenat at ‘Positive Provocations.