Posted in Affirmations, Awareness, Grace, Gratitude, Intuition, Love, Prayer, Spiritual Parenting, Zeal

Gratitude’s Place: Saying Grace

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Grace will always light your way,
lead you high & love you home.

Namaste this first Mindful Monday in November 2013!

I greet you with great gratitude and in the name of Grace! Let’s begin by embracing the face of grace by looking at it’s meaning. Just because it is a fairly common word, does not at all mean we have a shared definition!

From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. .~ 1 John 16
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Grace is a concept known in all religions. Grace is a theological word used throughout Christian denominations with various & significant differences. Roman Catholic doctrine teaches that its sacraments and priests facilitate the acceptance of grace from God. Calvinists emphasize the total helplessness of  humanity apart from grace. Arminian doctrine teaches that the grace of God  somehow cooperates with human’s abilities and will. There are many more modern day teachings that speak of the wisdom of the flow of grace throughout all of life as so beautifully explained in the many writings of energy medicine pioneer Carolyn Myss:
Grace … is energy infused with a force greater than our own, a divine intention. When it arrives … “out of the blue” – it fills you with a luminous awareness that is different from everyday consciousness … Grace illuminates your path by moving through your intuition, influencing the choices that you make. … It is a power that works hand in hand with intuition to guide our actions in the right direction that will do the most good. ~ Carolyn Myss

Just as we can develop the gift of intuition by learning to listen and heed our internal whispers, so we allow the flow of grace that is here for us by attuning our hearts to it and allowing its divine flow. One of the absolute best ways to be in this attuned, divine flow is through gratitude. When we adopt a way of thanks living, we notice (all) our good and we express our thankfulness. There truly is always something to be grateful for! “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” ~ Buddha

I have always expressed prayers of gratitude with Jeremiah. When he was little, he would just look around the room, “Thank you for our couch, the lamp …” etc. And as the wise Meister Eckhart taught, those are the only prayers needed! “If  the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be  enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart

One of the oldest prayer practices and one of the most widely observed still today is the act of saying grace before a meal. We are giving thanks for our food. We also like to extend our prayer out to all the many hands &  lives ~ known and unknown ~ that brought us our food asking that each of them be blessed as the food is blessed to our body and our bodies (in turn) be blessed to service. It is a spoken affirmation of gratitude and the circle of giving and receiving! Our prayers and table graces have had many forms over the years. Here is a simple grace to sing with young ones:

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(To the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star):
Thank you for this food we have,
It makes our minds & bodies glad.
We are so blessed & grateful too.
God bless us. God bless our food.
Thank you for this song we sing,
Thank you God for everything.

~ LaurieStory
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Saying Grace: A Circle Dance of Appreciation & Abundance!
This expressed Gratitude opens the gate for the flow of Grace …

I have also found gratitude to be the gateway for the zealous yesness we spoke of last week. Did you take the Zealous Yesness Test as our Mindful Meditation Invitation? I took it a few times at different mindful moments experiencing more yesness than not as well as seeing any ‘nos’ of the moment beckoning for what my heart and soul needed to ‘know’. For this week’s Mindful Meditation Invitation, say Grace! Make extra space for Gratitude’s place and embrace the flow Grace!

Before we leave you with a music video, here’s a follow up to last week’s honoring of fine friend & folkie Faith Petric. Her daughter Carole wrote a beautiful, honest, heartful account of Faith’s death. Read Carole’s blog and feel the flow of grace as Faith left her earthly place.

Thank you so much for our Mindful Moment together in this place! May you be blessed by the embrace of Grace!

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