Written by Abbey Churchill, WLLC 2015-2016
When I first started reading all of the different ideas about grace, I thought that they had all seemed very similar, almost repetitive. However, one particular idea resonated within me, and that was the notion that “grace is delight in uncertainty.” I have been living my life for a few years now around the belief that everything happens for a reason, and that everything that happens in my life is the best thing that could ever happen to me, whether the situation is good or bad. No matter what obstacles we encounter, it is trust and faith in the fact that the universe would not bring anything upon us if it wasn’t for good reason that keeps us moving through ungraceful times. It is perhaps one of the greatest realizations in life when a person understands that even during “challenging times, you will develop faith that you can attain grace at any time.” No matter the outcome of any situation, we will always find alignment with our inner spirits, which is essentially in harmony with the universe.
I think that this activity relates to spiritual wellness because methods of finding grace in the uncertainties of life can be found in any religion. Grace is the lotus flower emerging from murky waters, the Christian God’s unconditional love and acceptance after sin, the faith in Allah expressed by Muslims in the first of their five pillars. Grace is all around us, and, as Louie Schwartzberg highlights in his TED talk focusing on time lapse photography in nature, humans just have the tendency to overlook the simple beauties occurring in everyday life.