I had the privilege of being included in my husband’s monthly Kula dinner this week. This yogi group decided a year ago to start meeting for dinner once a month to build community bonds after their Wednesday practice. With the popularity growing for this yogi dinners, it was decided to have a topic to discuss during this time together…….when a question is asked that stumps the group, someone will suggest this must be the topic for next month. Interestingly enough when Wade asked ‘So what does this have to do with Grace?’ followed by group silence, it became the topic for this month.
The exploration and discussion on Grace proved to be as difficult a topic as ever. Is it something you do, something you have, something you give away, something you are, something another gives you, etc..? Looking through dictionaries, Wikipedia and Google for the defining wisdom on this illusive word proved futile. The examination lens was tested by all, speaking to religious perspectives, Buddhist concepts, consciousness training; in the end settling on Grace is an inflatable chair with a cup holder floating in the stream where you settle in to enjoy the flow allowing your authentic self to beam.
Grace was found as this community shared themselves deeply. Allowing self examination while others watch is certainly an act of grace. I know I will hang on to my image of Grace as riding the inflatable chair with the cup-holder flowing down the river of life.