In his book, The sacred art of Lovingkindness, Rabbi Rami Shapiro explores worry and grace.
He says that all that matters is this moment and how you engage it. There are two ways to engage this moment: with grace or with worry. He goes on to say that the opposite of grace is your own anxiety.
- Grace is defined as: Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
- Anxiety is defined as: A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
You experience anxiety when your mind is worried about the future or regret over the past.
When you are in the present moment, you open the door for grace.
Living in grace is effortless, having movement and form. The struggle is not there and an ease and calm replaces it. That is an exquisite way to live.
Breath, meditation, and other mindfulness practices bring you back to the present moment and they are accessible and easy to do.
Let me know in the comments below how you feel when you are in the moment and what happens to your state when you are in worry.