I’m reading a pretty intriguing book called The Unmistakable Touch of Grace, by life coach Cheryl Richardson. It’s a quite spiritual and somewhat metaphysical in its approach.
In different spiritual traditions, grace means different things – in all of them, it’s beneficient.
In the Christian belief system, it’s unearned love, forgiveness and blessings granted by God to a completely inadequate human race.
In the Buddhist tradition, it’s a sense of propriety and consideration for others, a disposition to kindness and compassion, and the state of one under divine influence.
In the Hindu tradition, grace is perceived as benevolence and love. It’s a central religious concept denoting God’s innate quality of giving and caring for creation. The functions of veiling and revealing are termed grace — like a dutiful parent guiding the growth of a child, concealing that which the child is not prepared to face and revealing or teaching that which it needs to know to progress in life.
The book explores all three, but really focuses on the latter – how God, the Divine, reveals our path to us daily, if we only open our eyes to notice and our ears to listen.
Within that context, I’ve been wrestling with my typical spring restlessness, a sense of “what’s next” personally and professionally. One of my favorite pieces of insight, asked by an old friend, is “What would you do, where would you go, if you felt no fear?”
So, imagine my amazement, when in the course of websurfing last night, I came across thinkarete’s website with the tagline “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Its very inspiring philosophy? “What we can be, we must be”. Visit their website to read their entire manifesto – it will definitely get you up off your couch and moving! Arete literally means virtue or excellence but has a deeper meaning…something closer to constantly striving to reach your highest potential.
I still don’t know what is next for me – perhaps it will end up being more of the same, with renewed passion and commitment – but I’m definitely seeing some signposts of grace, now that I’m looking for them.
Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 by Jeri
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