Grace: Manifesting It Through Gratitude

“Grace is flowing back to me.”

Hey there!

So, I’m participating in this free 21-day meditation challenge presented by Oprah and Deepak Chopra. This time around, the challenge’s focus is “Manifesting Grace through Gratitude.” Previous topics have been how “all good things bring gratitude,” and how to learn to recognize things to be grateful for so that you can open up to receiving more experiences to appreciate. Today is Day 4, and in the journal section where you are invited to share your thoughts, we were asked to reflect on the times (most recently) that we experienced signs of grace. I was able to recall those times most vividly, and decided to share them with my readers. I also want to encourage you, if its your “thing, to join the meditation challenge. Its free and worth all 20 minutes of the 24 hours in your day. Each time that I actually make time to meditate is when I find that I am most at peace and have a more of a clear perspective on my day. I also feel high… Yes, like I just smoked a pound of weed (which I do not smoke at all). Lol Who needs drugs when you can just meditate?! …Don’t knock it until you try it. 😉

Journal: Day 4 – Grace Is Replying

Write down any signs of grace that have come to you recently, such as an unexpected kindness or moment of joy, a sense of perfection, or a feeling of belonging.

I felt grace when I dreamt about my late grandmother the other night. I am currently preparing to move across the country to start a new chapter in my life, and to be honest, I am terrified. In my dream, I was already in my new city, and I was at someone’s wedding. While maneuvering to find a seat, I caught a glance of a woman wearing a red dress and it was my grandmother. I was ecstatic and made a mental note that I would make my way to say hello. Just as I was weaving my way through the crowd of people standing in the isle, I peeped around their bodies to make sure that I was heading towards my grandma. Just as I was getting closer, I woke up. Damnit!  It saddened me that I could not get close enough to her to have a conversation or even say hello.  But I am thankful for grace giving me peace by allowing her to appear in my dream. It gave me comfort to know that even though she’s not physically present, she still supports me at times that I feel I need her most.

Cutting back on duties and demands to spend more time connecting with those you love is a wonderful way to invigorate your energy. Write down three ways you can renew your energy by appreciating what’s around you. For example, you could take a quiet walk amid the trees, view an art exhibit, or catch up with a dear friend.

Yesterday I felt grace when I walked outside to sit among the trees and nature. I found myself wanting to clear my mind, so I decided to meditate outdoors. Its amazing how, in an instant, I felt a sense of oneness with all that the outdoors had to offer. Aside from being distracted by a few pedestrians waling by, I was able to connect my energy with the emanating energies of the trees, and the earth, and the wind… I heard birds chirping, and felt the warmth of the sun kissing my skin. I would do it again, and often even, because it calms my mind and helps me to put things in perspective. I could always pick up the phone to call someone that I haven’t spoken to in a while. Those times always turn into two hour long conversations, and almost always end with “I love you” and “don’t be a stranger.”

Grace is laced throughout my everyday life and always leaves me feeling energetic and ready to handle the next big task of the day.I feel so appreciative that I can recognize these moments as they happen, and be able to say “Thank You” to God and the Universe for allowing me know the joys of life and appreciate them as they come.

Use this space to reflect further on your experience today.

It’s still early in the day for me, but I am open to however grace will present itself. I am open to beauty in all forms, and look forward to continuing to push past fear and allow abundance and love to pour into my life. I’m appreciative for this platform… I look forward to each day that I get to meditate with Deepak and Oprah in my ear.

Namaste…

Love,

@BCSTARKS

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[UPDATE] Thinking & Growing Rich: Life gives you just what you ask of it, through the foundation of your beliefs

I had to share this excerpt from my favorite book of all time, Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Once again, this book is filled with so much divine wisdom that it is almost impossible to ignore… or should I say, foolish. Check out what mean:

There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to achieve it. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief. 

Remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty. A great poet has correctly stated this universal truth through these lines:

“I bargained with Life for a penny,

And Life would pay no more, 

However I begged at evening

When I counted my scanty store.

For Life is a just employer, 

He gives you what you ask,

But once you have set the wages,

Why, you must bear the task

I worked for a menial’s hire,

Only to learn, dismayed,

That any wage I had asked of Life,

Life would have willingly paid.

This book has by far been the most influential piece of literature that I have read thus far. The most powerful lesson I drew from this excerpt is that no matter how hard you wish, or hope, or pray… if you do not believe in yourself, or you dreams and desires, they can NEVER manifest. In that same lesson I learned that your life will turn out as big as you allow yourself to imagine it to be. If you think small, you get small, and vice versa. How big is your vision? For that will be the foundation of your own dreams manifested.  (Check out the poem that I posted previously from the same book on the topic of belief… Simple, yet POWERFUL!)

If you find that your thoughts are very limited in nature, then change them. Begin to tell a different story until you believe the thoughts that are most beneficial towards your growth. Think prosperity, joy, peace, happiness, abundance, and unlimited supply of all that you could ever need and want. Stop thinking that you don’t have enough of something. Stop entertaining what you see, for it is only your TEMPORARY REALITY. You have all that you need to be all that you desire in life, you just need to start to believe THAT. Your thoughts become your beliefs… which ultimately becomes your life. Choose wisely the thoughts that you entertain.

Think & Grow Rich (in mind, body, spirit, and POCKETS!!!!)

[UPDATE]: I found video of Napoleon Hill (the author of Think and Grow Rich) on YouTube. Its basically a video of the actual book! Check it out and be blessed! 🙂

 

[youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmCtWskzmAQ]

Love,

@BCSTARKS

P.S.- Im enjoying this journey…  #teamdreamchasers