Grace is something that has always been a mystery to me. What does it truly mean to foster and live a life full of grace? Grace isn’t a little prayer you say before every meal or for the betterment of others. It is a lifestyle. And incorporating grace into your day-to-day life is something that will make you more self-compassionate and empathetic to the daily hardships of others.
I know that to live with grace means to always remember how deeply and truly loved I am. No matter what the circumstances may be. Because NOTHING you do or think or wish is necessary to establish your worth. You were born loved and that is the way you will infinitely remain.
So here are five things to do daily to remember to live a grace filled life:
- Always remember to LOVE
Loving every individual can be so hard sometimes. I know that remembering to care about the person in the grocery aisle who just shot you that nasty look can be hard. “Did she really just give me that look? What a jerk!” But that is the beauty of love. It reminds us to take into consideration the daily hardships of others. We don’t always know a person’s story but we can always try and remember their true innocence in every situation. We don’t know why the person might have been rude that day at work, or why the boy who you were seeing won’t call you back. But we can always view the situation from a higher and more authentic perspective.
One of the most important things I’ve ever learned in my life is the unique concept of radical and ultimate forgiveness. Remembering the grace of forgiveness is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself and for other individuals around you. Forgiving the past is the most important step in granting ourselves the gift to experiencing divine miracles. Shame is created out of the obsessive thoughts containing the struggles of our past and future. However, forgiveness allows us to let things go! To wake up each morning with a brand new and beautiful canvas to paint our lives with. To be born again, is to let the past go, and to look without pressure or fear towards the future.
Many times, we respond to different situations with darkness as if it were light. Then the light turns dark. However, if we were given forgiveness about a situation, another chance, a new relationship or whatever, and when we stop reacting to pains and struggles of our past. We will be allowed to create a new extraordinary opportunity that might otherwise have been missed.
3. Living Responsibly
Grace grants us a ticket out of our own personal mind prisons. We can’t be perfect and isn’t that the beauty of humanity? None of us. Not a single person in this world is a perfect representation of what is means to be human. However, living responsibly allows us the grace to remember who we are and why we’re trying our hardest. A noble life is one spent in fidelity, not success. Virtue is setting good goals and going after them with gusto and living as if everything isn’t constantly depending on our future. When you’re living responsibly, you’re giving your self the permission to cultivate a whole-hearted life. Our goal in every situation should be to remain at peace. Our internal state determines the experiences of our lives; therefore, creating inner-peace by living a life grounded in virtue will produce beautiful results.
4. Embrace Your Weaknesses
Something that is crucial and so dire for living a life filled with grace is embracing your greatest weaknesses. When you have the capability to find strength in your darkest moments to DIG DEEP. You are able to emerge from the water of confusion and pain with the ability to cultivate true enlightenment. In your greatest weaknesses their is always an opportunity for strength. That is the point of compassionately embracing your greatest defects, realizing the things that aren’t working out could potentially be the reason why you succeed.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”
If you have difficulty with this one, I want you to practice this mantra or prayer:
“Today, I am going to embrace fully who I am and who I am not. I would only ask you, Universe, to show me how deeply and compassionately loved I am. Warts and all.”
5. Cultivating a daily practice of Gratitude
When you’re overwhelmed with gratitude you’re overwhelmed with peace. If in the morning, the alarm clock rings and you can’t get out of bed and the weight of yesterday’s turmoil is dragging you down. Lay deep in silence. Close your eyes. And remember 5 of the most important reasons you’re here today. List in your mind 5 of the greatest things you’re grateful for. Beginning a daily practice like that will allow you to shift your perspective to realize all of the amazing things that are awaiting you on this new beautiful day.
Because gratitude makes us better, it also allows us to become free. To be able to forget yourself for just a moment is the first-step towards a truly free and happy spirit.
More importantly, climbing out from under the rubble of our lives to see the beauty that is there is a tremendously liberating experience.