Rather than a material concern, Simple Grace is a state of being and perception.
Living at the Cottage for the past 15 years I've distilled my experiences into four lessons... Natural Abundance, Elective Frugality, Easy Elegance, and Simple Grace.
The first three lessons are about lifestyle and personal style. The last lesson, Simple Grace, is about one's mental/spiritual state of being and perception.
Simple Grace is harder to define than something of a tangible nature. Nonetheless, it is available to all regardless of income, lifestyle, or physical circumstances.
Thankfully there are some methods to help achieve it. Grace is about being in harmony with both the inner and outer energies of being and existence.
The concept of Grace is often connected with religion. However, while it can be connected with in religious and spiritual contexts, we can also connect with Grace as we expand our awareness and perception by consciously changing our thoughts from negative, critical, fearful, and judgmental outlooks to perceptions that are grateful, charitable, inclusive, and expansive. As we do so we will attune to something greater than ourselves.
The simple act of daily gratitude is another way to en-train the beatitude of Grace. Being grateful resonates with the frequencies of Grace. When we are grateful we open ourselves to the power of Simple Grace.
Being grateful for what you have and where you are right now in life is key. If there is trouble in your life (and who doesn't have some of this) focus more on what is right than wrong. Doing so causes perceptions to flow into more positive, life-affirming channels. We create our present and future by our thoughts. If we expect trouble it's likely we will find it or it will find us. Worry is a negative visualization.
Altering our perceptions from a negative to a more positive vibe places us in harmony with the forces of prosperity, joy, and love. Being in harmony with these positive polarities opens our life experience to good fortune and beneficence. Goals are easier to achieve as opportunities and helpful people naturally arise in our lives. If we are helpful to others we naturally attract people who will, in turn, aid us.
Having a grateful and charitable feeling towards others helps them warm to you. People will want to be in your presence and will feel safe in your sphere of influence. A positive outlook attracts positive people, things, and events into your life.
Journaling your "gratitudes" takes gratitude from the realm of the mental and into concrete reality via pen and paper or computer.
A beautiful handmade or purchased notebook makes "gratituding" pleasurable. Set time aside each day to relax with your journal (or computer). A few minutes is enough to make a life-changing, life-affirming difference in your experiences and outlook.
Each of us contains within our innermost being a part, or particle, of mystical consciousness that interacts with creation beyond the mundane, material existence we all experience on a daily basis.
Life's realities and circumstances are our reality. Our actuality is above and beyond the physical "facts" of our daily existence. We have a "quantum" life and that is where we connect with Simple Grace. So simple. So sublime. The music of the spheres. The whispers of angels. Communion with something greater than our day-to-day selves and concerns. It is within this mysterious quantum realm that through the power of our thought we can literally change our outer, material, and emotional circumstances. This is the power of Simple Grace!
Engage with Simple Grace by harmonizing with the natural world, as well. Abide for awhile in a park, garden, or by taking a walk . Interaction with nature opens one to the flow of energy that is in constant availability. Harmony with the world around us opens the gateway to Simple Grace.
Rest your awareness on a flower, the trickle of water, the wind in the trees. Allow your awareness to engage all of your senses with that which you are observing, feeling all of the varied sensations it provides for your enjoyment...your awareness.
There is grace in acknowledging something on every blessed level of awareness. Know that what you are encountering exists on greater levels than your sense of it.
One of the gifts of Simple Grace is happiness. Happy people display several attributes. They are slow to anger, charitable, forgiving, kind, helpful, generous, and grateful. They also draw to them people with similar attributes.
Unhappy people anger easily, tend to be demanding, self-centered, judgmental, stingy, abrasive and miserable...and they will draw to themselves similar people and experiences.
We have a choice as to the thoughts we cultivate. Both negative and positive thinking are habits that we nurture and manifest. Habits that negatively influence our lives can be broken with some worthwhile, well-spent effort.
Whom do each of us choose to be?
What "grace" will each of us manifest into our lives?