Touching Grace

I laid in my sleeping bag reading next to the river. 9pm, the mosquitoes were out doing there mosquito thing, when I look up to see this sunset. Grace was present in me and in what I was seeing.

It wasn’t just any sunset, but one that became more intense, more colorful, more bright as each second passed.

My eyes were sleepy, but the colors kept me there, present, locked in to something miraculous that I could only feel in my heart.

The mind couldn’t comprehend it. There was no logic for it, no sentences, no explanation. Just a “beingness.”

The water flowed past with the sound that only flowing water can make, each riffle unique and calming.

This is one of those moments I like to call Touching Grace.

Grace being God, Divine, Source, Universe, Energy – that word that only you can pick that feels right for you. It’s the unexplainable energy that we’re a part of.

You and I are seekers. We’re seekers of this energy, this connection, this mystery, and want to know more.

But why is it that our minds are wanting and waiting for the “Big Moment” of connection? Like a “knock your socks off” kind of moment that shakes our world and makes meditation all worth it?

Waiting for the Big Moment

The thing is, the mind believes it’s only worth being still if we get the Big One, otherwise why bother? Or we’re not doing it right if the Big One doesn’t happen.

But the truth is, most often it’s subtle moments like these. The subtlety of Grace happens every day through many ways: kindness from a stranger, the smile of a child, the smell of lavender, saying I love you to someone, or feeling grateful for a meal, the one second in meditation when there are no thoughts out of 10 minutes of sitting.

For a moment, I want you to close your eyes (right after you read this sentence), take a deep  breath, and think of a time where you felt a warmth in your heart – for anything.

That was a moment of Touching Grace.

Allow yourself to acknowledge these moments. They are precious, they are daily, and they add up to feeling more calm and grounded.

After a great night of sleep by the river, I took my paddle board down it the next day, came around a corner, and this is what I saw:

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The biggest bull moose ever! I gasped, got off my board (in the current no less), and managed to get my camera out. Another moment of Touching Grace.

Today, I want you to notice, to watch out for, to wake up to Grace through your heart. Notice when you feel a touch of warmth, a sense of love or kindness or compassion, gratitude for someone. It only takes one moment in time. That’s it. Subtle yet profound.

Thank you Divine for providing us so many opportunities to feel connected with you!


Categories: Gratitude, Meditation & Mindfulness

About the Author: Angela Patnode

My passion, my calling, is for you to be totally you. Through private coaching, in-depth retreats, and online group coaching programs, I help you tap into your intuition and clarify your desires and vision, I guide you to take active steps toward making your desires a reality.

6 comments to “Touching Grace

  1. Nancy

    Love it!

    1. Angela Patnode

      Wonderful Nancy!

  2. Eric

    Well said Angela!

    1. Angela Patnode

      Thanks Eric!

  3. Gail

    I love reading your articles and especially the pictures and testimonials. Of all the emails I receive I SOOO look forward to receiving yours! You touch me in ways no one else does and help me remember all those “special moments” that occur on a daily basis in my life. I am truly grateful for you in every way!

    1. Angela Patnode

      Awww – that’s so wonderful to hear Gail! It fills my heart with joy. Yes, there are so many special moments, every day. It just takes a pause and awareness to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary. Much love to you! Angela

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