Saving Grace

Be Well Be Happy

No matter what happens, we must dissolve the uncivil division, unkindness and hatred and replace them with unity to agree to disagree, kindness and love. If not, life as we know it will not be good and happy. I know that is a huge statement, but I do think our way of life will change drastically. When once we could feel safe and sure, more and more that seems less of the case. We each have to ask ourselves, “is that what we want?” I observe that some people do not stop and think of consequences before saying something or doing something detrimental. If we all just paused. . .

We’re possibly on the brink of another lockdown, too. And we witness more and more impatience and lashing out. We feel compassion for those who have lost family members or friends, and for those who were hit with it, but, there is division there too about simple things like wearing a mask or not congregating. It is so uncertain, no one sees what is going to happen, but pausing to think a minute about what to do for the short term could bring better long-term results. 

When someone’s loved one passes, or someone becomes ill, each of us, no matter what, feels it in the heart space for that person. That is our common ground. That is our humanity surfacing. That is our saving grace. If we can approach whatever happens in this light, we can agree to disagree and maybe somehow put aside the ugly feelings and reactions, and moderate to what could be good. We disagree on what is good. So, then we have to accept each point of view and look for ways to be on the same track for at least one thing.  Then maybe another. 

Let’s try not to judge although it may be hard. And I, for one, struggle with this. But, unless we do not judge, we will never be able to agree to disagree and move forward. So, no matter what happens, let’s find the saving grace in it, humanity: human nature of kindness and compassion. It will be a tough road ahead so let’s be kinder to each other.

When we’re in the yoga room, we are all the same. That is our saving grace. It is a respite from the restlessness and feelings arising from uncertainty.  It is a centering process, the practice of yoga. Perhaps you have that in a different place. So maybe start from there - start from that wholesome place where no one judges; there is no politics, there is no religion, there is nothing that is divisive, only cohesive and whole.  A feeling based on humanity and a belief based on conscious thinking. 

Let’s calm down!  Simply slowing down the breath, being conscious of it and repeating “I am peace, peace is in me” is a good start. 

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be compassionate. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you.  May you have inner peace. 

By Paulette Mancuso

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