Yoga: Alignment with Grace, by Parvati Devi

We tend to think of painful things as mistakes and the good stuff as luck. Or perhaps we think of the stuff we like as grace, a gift from beyond, and things we don’t like as a curse. However we choose to see the moment and understand our life, at some point we ask, what is grace? Do we have control over it? How can we amplify it? Where does it come from?

Grace to me is an expression of an alignment between our Nature Body (the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual bodies, or sheaths that create our aura) and the Cosmic Intelligence Body (the etheric, astral, causal, mental and alien realms). When our Nature Body and the Cosmic Intelligence Body align, we have an “a-ha” moment, where all seems to brighten as our life moves from monochrome to technicolour. Somehow, our field of perception just broadened. That alignment, I call Grace.

Behind the various coping strategies we may use to tolerate certain aspects of our life, there is a lingering feeling of discontent, a feeling of disconnection, a wish for life to be different, and a wonder at why it is not the way we want it to be. We want more love, more money, more friends, more things. But it all feels elusive and out of reach. The happiness we seek is somehow ‘out there’. While we seek it, we are not present. We are lost in a milky fog of wanting, in thoughts about what could be or what was, rather than showing up for what is. We tend to resist what actually is in this moment, so that our lives unfold on autopilot, while we look the other way.

When we are not quite rooted in our being, we show signs of being disconnected from our fullest self. The same is true when we are not fully rooted on the Earth, when we are not tapped into the vitality of this moment or when we do not expand to meet what is. If we wish to live life from a place of joy, freedom and abundance, we need to feel connected to this moment. If we are going to connect to this moment, then we need to look at what this moment brings.

If this moment brings challenges, we learn to not resist it and meet it as it is. We learn to see it as grace. If this moment brings ease and flow, we meet it as it is, and see it as grace. We learn to see all as grace, beyond our tendency to categorize this moment into likes and dislikes.

When we start to realize that all is grace, we begin to feel grateful for what is. Think about it. You breathe. You are alive. Likely you can walk or run. Likely you can wiggle your fingers and toes. What force is keeping your body alive? Really think about that. What force? Is it not totally amazing?

Today, go for a walk. Fall colours are beautiful. Take a look more closely at the immense complexity of life, the many layers and intricacies. As you notice how amazing it is that you can actually walk, smell the freshness of the air and give thanks for the lungs that can take in the oxygen. And ask yourself, what force runs through all you see?

Remember, you are a part of it all! Now please, just let that blow your mind, at least a wee bit. This life provides us with so many riches. The tremendous power of gratitude is just waiting for you to breathe it all in. Breathe it all in and know you are loved.

Parvati Devi is the editor-in-chief of Parvati Magazine. In addition to being an internationally acclaimed Canadian singer, songwriter, producer and performer, she is a yoga teacher and holistic educator, having studied yoga and meditation since 1987, and developed her own yoga teaching style called YEM™: Yoga as Energy Medicine. Her current shows, “YIN: Yoga in the Nightclub” and “Natamba”, bring forward a conscious energy into the pop mainstream.