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Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published twenty books and recorded fourteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity.
My experience has led me to notice that most of us tend to ‘say grace’ not out of a spirit of awe and wonder, but more often with a posture of obligation, duty, and routine. It’s just what you do, in some circles, after your aunt has prepared her casserole for your uncle’s birthday.
If we’re honest, connecting grace to annual casserole traditions hasn’t helped our eyes learn how to search for true grace.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Grace can be and is always more available than we tend to be.
And the second we allow ourselves to become available is the second grace becomes the very air we breathe.
Until we start seeing grace in the very chair we’re sitting in, we’ll continue to be blind in our steps that follow.
So look for grace today.
Even if it’s just to yourself, say something when you see it.
Watch it start to multiply.
Watch yourself start to be it.
We always will see through the eyes of what we’re becoming.
…of our moments is gracious,
….slow to anger,
…rich in love,
…and good to all.
Shouldn’t this explode our moments with possibility?
Wouldn’t it be great to not always have to understand everything, everyone, and every moment?
Wouldn’t a surrender to the need to always have everything under your control and within your cognitive grasp actually lead you to rest?
Widom across all traditions has suggested that there is a place and a posture on the other side of such understanding.
This is a place called Peace.
And Peace it is the capital of Freedom.
And both are found in the land of Rest.