July 2008


Have you ever read M. Scott Peck’s A Road Less Traveled? Brilliant book!!! It was written in 1978, yet remains undated, and although I’ve read it before, I feel currently inspired by gems of wisdom on nearly every page. He explores concepts topics such as responsibility, discipline, reality, love, growth, religion, and grace…

Have you read it?

How did it affect you?

Would you consider reading it again?

Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

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Have you heard of The Daily Om?

Do you have a daily practice? Do you cultivate inspiration? What does the word grace mean to you?

The Daily Om reminds me today of the beauty of grace. Living in the flow of surrender, gratitude and the everfolding…

www.dailyom.com
A Glimpse Of Perfection
Living A Day In Grace

Grace is always with us. It flows like a river through our lives, artfully reminding us that there is magic and power beyond what our eyes can see. At times we catch its subtle beauty, like during chance meetings, near misses, and insights that seem to come from nowhere. Other times we experience grace in all its powerful surety such as when a job or relationship comes to an end. Though we may forget that this is grace at work too, it is indeed influencing our lives, helping us to move forward and take the next step. Grace exists in all situations, in every moment, yet all too often we may overlook its presence.

Imagine how it would feel to live an entire day in grace, to fully appreciate that your day is unfolding in absolute perfection. Whereas usually you might miss the magic in ordinary events and interactions, on this day you would recognize them all as little miracles. Perhaps you could begin with your first deep breaths in the morning, becoming aware that there is an abundant supply of air for you to breathe. Your lungs know just how to carry oxygen to your blood, and your blood knows where to carry it from there. This is grace at work. You might appreciate the brilliant sunshine, the warm summertime rain, or the possibilities for learning that greet you at every turn. You might notice the ease with which you do your job or laugh with a close friend. These things are also grace. Even laying your head down at the end of this day and resting in the stillness of night is grace.

With each opportunity you give yourself to enjoy this current of benevolence, you may discover a deeper peace. Your faith may strengthen and your heart may open. You might begin to wonder if struggle is really all that necessary after all. By living this one day in grace, you might open the door to many more.

Each day… Every moment… We have choice…

Do you believe that?

Do you choose consciously with awareness or unconsciously by default?

Do you believe your present reality is based upon choices you made in the past? Do you realize your future will be determined by choices you are making right now?

What is your relationship with your choices and actions?

Are you willing to take responsibility for your quality of life?

How can you make more conscious choices today?