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GRACE

Noun

  1.  Elegant movement; poise or balance.
  2.  Free and undeserved favour, especially of God. Unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification.
  3.  Short prayer of thanks before or after a meal.

Verb

grace  (gracesgracinggraced)

  1. To alight, to land, to appear.

Related terms

Grace is my favorite word in the english language.  Had my son been a daughter, he would have been named Grace (Gracey) Taylor or Savannah Grace.  To me, grace is a state of being, a way of moving through the world.  It refers to both the physical and the spiritual.  Grace is kind, thoughtful, elegant, gracious, generous, effortless, airy… it is fully present, and completely engaged.  It is authentically optimistic.  It is a quiet but powerful strength with an understated yet breathtaking beauty. 

Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Princess Diana– they are graceful to a degree I can only aspire  and admire from afar.  I can merely pursue (occasionally succesfully) a grace-full (filled with grace) and beauty-filled life… a life compiled of as many moments of grace, gratitude, graciouness as I can accumulate on any given day.

And so… a blog is born!  A running dialogue on our (yours and mine) successes and failures, theories and lessons, illuminations and inspirations as they relate to living a GRACE-full, beauty-full, joy-full, bounty-full, happy, healthy, prosperous life comes to life!

I can’t wait to hear your brilliant insights!  Cheers!

XOXO

CB

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Nina Merrill says:

    Seems to me, another name needs to be added to the graceful women that everyone can aspire and admire… Cindy B! You add so much style, grace and love to any/every situation ~ and now, you are showing others (me) the way… I am grateful for your friendship and guidance. Thank you, friend!

  2. Erin says:

    Here’s a definition of graciousness I’ve used. I see it as related to how wisdom behaves. Graciousness is seeing, considering, and sharing insight with others in a way that causes delight; it means open to divine guidance and grace.

  3. Erin says:

    Ernest Holmes, in The Science of Mind, writes: If our believe [about life] is limited, only a little can come to us because that is as we believe. We call this the law of mental equivalents. How much life can any man experience? [Answer:] As much as he can embody. … We are so constituted that we can continuously increase our embodiment. We grow in grace.
    We shall all arrive at this same assurance [this grace], this perfect faith, in such degree as we cease contemplating the Universe as opposed to Itself; as we cease having the will to do or to be that which is contrary to the Universal Good.

  4. Erin says:

    Gary Zukav, in Seat of the Soul, writes “Remind yourself that you are supported, that you are not going it alone upon this Earth… live in the total assumption that the moment that you ask for guidance it is pouring in … Allow yourself to pray… Think of what you are doing as entering into partnership with Divine Intelligence… [Remember that] prayer brings grace… Grace is the tranquilizer of the soul. With grace comes a knowing that what you are experiencing is necessary. It calms you with a sense of knowing… Live in the trust that when it is appropriate, pieces will fall into place.”

  5. Erin says:

    Stephan Levine, in Unattended Sorrow, writes: Tragedy often holds the seeds of grace.

    He suggests practicing the Presence in every moment. He suggests to wake up alert, with our awareness, our life force, focused and to know that the more aware we are of the present, the closer we are to our inherent un-dying Presence and to remember love instead of clinging to fear, to rest in Being, Levine suggests an idea for all of us: Beneath the reservoir of…sorrow [is] so much love and another life to be lived. As the heart revives [from loss, disappointment, and grief], many people find a new life beneath their sorrow. As we empty the jug, we find there is so much more room for filling the jug with the good stuff. Levine suggests we open the heart to the presence of love. He writes that we seldom live in a truly genuine manner in tune with the still small song within, but rather we live shrunken to our fear. In other words, our jug is usually so full of limitation, that we rarely allow it to fill with the song that the divine sent us here to sing. He says we maximize our evolution [toward our true grace and unimagined potential] with inquiry into the nature of the mind and surrender into the heart…[and by] exploring our edge with a mercy [a loving kindness and acceptance of the unacceptable] that reinvigorates the numbed parts of ourselves and brings us back to life – [a life] that resides in the heart – [and is] remembering to evolve. He continues by saying the heart longs to be free. It sings of nothing else.

  6. Erin says:

    In Elegant Choices, Healing Choices, Marsha Sinetar writes that elegant choices for and in our lives are those that embody inner refinement, personal grace, effortlessness, and the lovely naturalness of supremely well-developed persons.”

  7. Elizabeth Bennett says:

    At Cindy’s 40th birthday, following a grueling year of cancer treatment, her youngest sister Sara Lee sang three songs, accompanied by cousins Chris and Cosima. The final one was “Amazing Grace…dedicated to CIndy for her amazing grace.” I have known CIndy since the day of her birth…and she does, indeed, embody grace, in all of its meanings.

  8. Julie Maine says:

    Grace is my very favorite word as well, Cindy. No wonder we get along so well. I look forward to reading your blog!

    Grace: Unearned blessings from God.

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