What if we were able to view our struggles as Grace?

I know that might seem like a baffling question to ask. You may be thinking, “How could she ask me to look at my struggles, my pain, my suffering as grace?”

…and 15 years ago, I would have agreed with you.

My perspective has shifted. It did not happen overnight but through shedding the ideas, beliefs, and constructs, I had learned to believe about who I actually am.

Grace in practice

From where I’m standing now, I can look back at every perceived struggle, every bit of pain and suffering; whether spiritual, physical, or mental, and see it has been Grace. Every decision I’ve made for good or ill has led me down the path my soul required I walk to learn the lessons needed in this lifetime; to live with an open heart and not one filled with fear.

When I release the need to view my struggles through the eyes of victim-hood, and instead, through the eyes of a student, guided by a master teacher, I am better able to release my attachment to outcomes and remove my expectations from situations of which I have no control over; moving through my days in a state of flow, not constriction.

Gracefulness of a lotus
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In doing this, I am also better able to forgive others. When we forgive ourselves for misguided judgment, it becomes easier to forgive others. We learn that we are not perfect, and neither is anyone else. We are each learning day by day, moment by moment, breath by breath.

I am not the person I was yesterday. You are not the same person you were last week. Each new choice opens us to the pure potentiality of our experience.

We begin to hold ourselves and others to a standard of GRACE, not perfection.


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