Is a Gift
It is said that grace is a gift. In my experience, it seemed to come unexpectedly, but looking back I see that I was receptive to this uplifting life-changing gift exactly when it happened.
My story: I was turning 30 years old and attending my first yoga retreat. My 4 children were staying at home with their father so I had a week of silence and contemplation ahead of me. Halfway through the week of daily meditation, hatha yoga, karma yoga, devotional chanting, and talks on yoga philosophy in the evening, grace descended. I was uplifted into a mental and emotional state where I realized that my happiness lay in living an unselfish life dedicated to raising my family and serving the community. (In the photo are several of my grandchildren.)
Grace was an event that filled me with energy to want to change from self-centered to unselfish attitudes and actions. Here I am almost 40 years later and the grace-filled attitude has never abated. My systems were chemically, and physically transformed into a servant of God through serving humanity. (In my case the series of urinary tract infections that had caused me a low-grade fever resolved and disappeared.)
No longer did I desire self-centered or selfish activities. I became a patient person, a useful person. And a few years after my initial experience of grace I began to write on practical spirituality topics, which I am continuing to do.
Grace is a gift, and may descend unexpectedly in that you may not know the moment the transformation to a higher state of perception will occur. But looking back on the sequence of events leading up to it in your own life, you may see that all that came before was a preparation for the higher attitudes and inclusive way of living after the change.
For myself I had begun reading on lives of the saints and sincerely desired to know how to live a saintly life. Intuitively I knew that a change would come to help me, so I was ripe and ready for the higher transformation.
To prepare yourself for a higher transformation and experience of living, take time to meditate deeply, and follow a pathway of good nutrition and exercise to keep your mind and body as peaceful and healthy as possible.
the blessing of grace descends, relish its feeling and effects
forever more in your life, by making the changes needed that will keep you a
happy and useful person.
Grace Is a Gift copyright © 2015 Susan Helene Kramer