July 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm 4 comments

The dog and I are resting on the porch.  She has her nose in the sun and the rest of herself in shade.  I’ve got my legs in the sun.  The rest of me—and this computer screen—are in the shade.

We’ve had four days of my ideal weather.  Hot sun, cool breeze, and nights chilly enough to need a thin wool blanket.  It’s easy for me, on days like this, to feel that life is a blessing, that life is full of grace.  That I am full of grace.  And certainly, of course, the dog is full of grace.

I imagine grace is a quality within our hearts.  It describes the times in life when we feel afraid and do the thing we’re afraid of.  It describes the times in life when we say the perfect thing in a difficult situation, or when we say the wrong thing and forgive ourselves for it.  It describes those days when we feel the sadness in our hearts, and the beauty of the day, and the two can rest there, side by side.

Grace may look like the face of a baby, a well-tended garden, a beautiful loaf of bread.

I taught to the theme of Grace in my yoga classes this week.  One class is a group of friends who meet once a week in the summer to practice.  Some of them are new to yoga, some of them have a steady practice year-round, some come to their mats only when we meet for this class.  They watch, learn from, and help each other with a sense of fun, and kindness, and ease that is a joy to watch.  This is Grace.

Now, can I bring Grace along for the ride when it gets up into the 90’s again, as the weather tells us it will by the end of this weekend?  Blech.  We’ll see.

At least weather in the 90’s is perfect for wearing an uppup tank.  Check them out at  They make a great gift if you know any yogis with a summertime birthday!

Have a grace-filled week.  Thanks for visiting.

Sometimes Grace looks like Luna, resting on the porch.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carol  |  July 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Well put, “It describes those days when we feel the sadness in our hearts, and the beauty of the day, and the two can rest there, side by side.”

  • 2. Suzanne  |  July 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Grace is sauntering down the street on a hot, humid day, with sweat ever so gently rolling down ones body … how alive!

  • 3. Lucia G.  |  July 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

    That is a touching article!! Luna is so cute!!! Sometimes, though she is more powerful than graceful (when she’s chasing frogs at the pond;)

    • 4. carolwharry  |  July 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      But there’s a certain grace to frog-catching, too! Thanks for reading and writing!


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