Allowing Grace.

I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kind of things. Also, that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace’s arrival. But no, it’s clog and slog and scootch, on the floor, in the silence, in the dark.”   ~ Anne Lamont

Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” ~ Friedrich Schiller

This morning as I sit down to write I am filled with the sweetest feeling of what it means to allow. When I say allow I do not mean tolerate, or accept blindly. Instead I offer the word allow to mean let grace to flow, the trust and let the Universe have its way and let it unfold naturally. boldcolorcollage So what are you allowing or letting in to your life? Is there something that you are holding close yet with gentle open hands to allow the river of grace to move freely through them? What are you feeling grateful for, and in turn, letting go of to make more room to receive deeper heart wishes? 3When we ask and state out loud to ourselves to the ethers, we are creating a contract for our life. Writing and speaking what you are feeling is a powerful tool to create a life you love, accept, and allow to transform. Clarity is freedom and the adventure is consistently afoot. Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings in the comments here. I welcome your dreams and hearts wishes, along with your letting go of what no longer serves you as a tool to transform your life.

21 thoughts on “Allowing Grace.

  1. Today I am letting go of stress that does not serve me but comes from sources of illusion. I realize it is also fuel for my own evolution. I am letting in more love, letting go of lingering fears…I am grateful for new adventures, freedom, expansiveness, clarity in the knowing and not-knowing… and allowing that grace to enter my life with open hands, deep breath, and sovereign magical heart. I am humbled and sweetened by love in all forms. XO

  2. Today I am letting go of my fear for the future, my fear of the medical condition I’ve been diagnosed with, and my fear of today. Today I’m accepting that what will be will be, whilst the future I had planned will change I am still here. I am grateful for a life I have lived.

  3. Had a grace saving moment today when all went topsy turvy in the morning. I told my kids “Let’s bounce back. We all said awful things and we will now say earnest sorries and we can let it go, no need to make a dot a tornado and pull ourselves down. We can discuss a solution later today when we feel calm again”. The girls liked that and we all left each other happier and with love.

    I also realized that accepting the storms as part of life and not being on high alert to avoid them as for me I stop feeling deeply and therefore cannot relax. I have been feeling this for the last few days now I understand that in order to feel deeply, we will have both good and bad feelings, but also great joy will be missed if I fight the bad feelings and forget to deeply feel the good. The good can over-ride the bad any day !!! Both help us grow. 🙂

  4. This blog post couldnt have come at a better time.

    Today I start a new chapter in my life. My second child leaves me for the first time to go to Kindergarten.
    As a stay-at-home mom for 10 years now, my life has been wrapped up in the constant care of my childrens’ well-being. My 10 year old son was always my Buddy and when he was ready to leave for Kindergarten, I had a little fear but, being that at that point in time my daughter was just born, she was a bit of a distraction for me. I still worried about him but I had my daughter to keep me busy with feedings and diaper-changing. Now, 5 years later, she too is leaving for her first day of school but she is my last so I have no other children to keep me busy. I have dreaded this day since her 4th Birthday. I have dreaded it because she’s my little girl and I know I have always been her world and was always around to protect her. Now, my little “mini-me” will see there’s a bigger world out there…a bigger world that can also hurt her.

    I havent come to terms with it 100% but I do know it is for the best. She’s talkative, sassy, LOVES art, and wants to learn and make friends so….I need to let go of FEAR. Fear of her getting hurt physically and emotionally. Fear of her getting scared. Fear of her doubting herself and her talents. Fear of her feeling lost. Fear of wondering why Im not there to help her. Fear of her physical well-being. Fear of her getting hurt and me not being there to calm her, when she sobs uncontrollably, like only I can. Fear that I will feel useless as I sit at home. Fear that I will not be able to let go of guilt in order to develop the other aspects that make me….me….and not “Just a Mom.” Ugh…yes. I have no choice but to let her go and develop on her own…and I guess for me to develop more-so now too. I have to let go of fear.

    As this new chapter of me being home alone slowly unfolds, I will let in 4 things. I will let in permission, silence/mediataion, trust, and time.

    I will let in permission to nurture myself without guilt.
    I will let in silence and meditation to help me develop my intentions and recognize “the signs” I am being given.
    I will allow myself to trust the signs I continue to receive as God’s/the universe’s way of letting me know I’m on the right path. I will also allow myself to trust that God will make sure that my children will be in good hands when I can’t be with them.
    Lastly, I will allow myself time to develop a rhythm to my day that most mirrors what my soul has been calling for, now that I have some “alone time.”

    1. Girl, you know I love you! Your authenticity and strength and generous heart. THANK YOU for taking the time to write all of this out. You are an incredible woman, wife, and mother… and creator. I can’t wait to see your paintings next year! Big love. xo

  5. I’m allowing myself to explore and be true to myself, to trust myself, to take the breathing space I need to create. I’m letting go of people, friends who don’t get me, who haven’t reciprocated loyalty and support.

  6. Allowing… such a difficult word for me. I want to change, twist everything what’s coming on my way… I guess I need to allow things just as they are. Thanks. 🙂

  7. I am letting go of my need to control and know how things will turn out. I am trusting in the Universe to guide me to my highest good. I am speaking my truth and being honest with myself as well as to others. I am grateful for silence and my own abundance I create and choose each day, as well as dear friend and family. I wish only for more love….more more more. Thank you for this beautiful space!

  8. Hi Alena! What a beautiful description of what it means to “allow.” I am grateful to be able to follow my heart and pursue my calling and feel supported and loved along the way. I am allowing myself permission to be a beginner and to try something new. I love the photo you picked to go with your bio for LifeBook 2014! It looks like a spectacular class! ♥

  9. Hi Alena! i just found you thru Flora 😀 and been looking around here today. anywaysies, thank you for being so welcoming:

    i will allow myself to listen to me, to rediscover me, to free me, to nourish me. i will allow trust to be me, to be courageous, to have faith. and to let go of a place, a person(s), of thoughts – that pulls me down, that sucks happiness out of me, that gets me wrong most of the time. i have to go, i have to let go. and share to those who would want to receive, to listen, to care.

  10. okay, phew, i’m not crazy. HERE is the post I read that made me think of you as being affiliated with the California College of the Arts. Maybe not a stedunt or a professor, but you were there presenting your work!!And perusing through your posts, yes, I would say your blog is more academic than most. You relate your art to the thought behind it many times throughout your writing. To me, that’s a scholarly or academic approach vs. an i like pretty fabric approach.Anyhow . that clears up the mysteries for me, as I was sure I’d reached out to ask you to be at the MQG mtg in Berkeley, and then when you arrived and we couldn’t connect the dots on the CCA and the word academic, I got confused!!!My words just weren’t working for me that night!So glad you came, and I hope you come again (and bring stuff to show us), even though your commute can be a little crazy!cyn

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