July 2008

Mohegan Island Maine

I thought I was enjoying the slow, sweet pace of Maine… and then I rediscovered Monhegan Island. A summer enclave for artists, a fishing community, just 10 miles off the coast, only a handful of vehicles, idyllic summer beauty…


10 Things I Love about Mid-Coast Maine

1. Josephine’s – Lovely Fashion and Home Furnishings

2. The Market Basket – Gourmet Goodies

3. In Good Company – Fun with Friends

4. Monhegan Island – Classic Maine Art and Beauty

5. TJMaxx – Need I say more…?

6. Reny’s – Mainard Bargains

7. Mt. Battie – Camden Hills State Park- 360 degree views

8. Lake Meguniticook – Cool and Refreshing

9. Cellar Door Winery – Lincolnville Lovely

10. Beauchamp Point – Rockport – Evening Walks

What does it mean to live in grace?

Do you have a daily spiritual practice? How do you cultivate inspiration? What does the word grace mean to you?

The Daily Om reminds me today of the beauty of grace. Living in the flow of surrender, gratitude and the everfolding…

A Glimpse Of Perfection
Living A Day In Grace

Grace is always with us. It flows like a river through our lives, artfully reminding us that there is magic and power beyond what our eyes can see. At times we catch its subtle beauty, like during chance meetings, near misses, and insights that seem to come from nowhere. Other times we experience grace in all its powerful surety such as when a job or relationship comes to an end. Though we may forget that this is grace at work too, it is indeed influencing our lives, helping us to move forward and take the next step. Grace exists in all situations, in every moment, yet all too often we may overlook its presence.

Imagine how it would feel to live an entire day in grace, to fully appreciate that your day is unfolding in absolute perfection. Whereas usually you might miss the magic in ordinary events and interactions, on this day you would recognize them all as little miracles. Perhaps you could begin with your first deep breaths in the morning, becoming aware that there is an abundant supply of air for you to breathe. Your lungs know just how to carry oxygen to your blood, and your blood knows where to carry it from there. This is grace at work. You might appreciate the brilliant sunshine, the warm summertime rain, or the possibilities for learning that greet you at every turn. You might notice the ease with which you do your job or laugh with a close friend. These things are also grace. Even laying your head down at the end of this day and resting in the stillness of night is grace.

With each opportunity you give yourself to enjoy this current of benevolence, you may discover a deeper peace. Your faith may strengthen and your heart may open. You might begin to wonder if struggle is really all that necessary after all. By living this one day in grace, you might open the door to many more.

May I continue the practice of allowing grace to infuse my days…

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First time solo… third time across. Thank you all who I visited along the way. Julie and Aurora. The Jepsons. The Keenans. Colleen. MORE Keenans. The Paveys. It was a magical journey and I’ve returned to heaven.