Category Archives: GRACE

Speak like a parrot; meditate like a swan; chew like a goat; and bathe like an elephant. Indian

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Swan Lake


As music curves through the body, the swing of it

lifting mind’s invisible feet, so it happened


a ballet I’d gone to in the days after breaking up

with someone who had found me rather clumsy


left behind a troupe of swans in my heart.

Now the inner band played on, a waltz as searing


as a light too brightly shining in a room that should be dark,

and the swans, pirouetting through the dark


and joyful moments of the plot, took my heart

dancing, till the grief that remained


turned to a mood of gentle swanning

through the fine, vacated ballroom of the mind;


till the swans evaporated with a cry.


It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace. Christopher Morley


foto of nana lynne in raleigh nsw summertime 2013

I’ll dance with mob on this red Land, munda wiru


I’ll dance away them half-caste lies ‘cos I got my

Nanas face!

Ali Cobby Eckermann

‘First Time I Met My Grandmother’

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.

William Hazlitt

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“I was never one to care about how I looked on the outside. That wasn’t the real me anyway. Not that I didn’t appreciate the way I looked now, I just didn’t feel it mattered, because how you look doesn’t change what’s in your soul.”

― Christine Zolendz, Fall From Grace

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.”

― W.H. Murray The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

― Roald Dahl

Limp along until your legs are spent, and you fall flat and your energy is drained. Then the grace of the Divine will lift you. ― Rumi


“He walked as he’d learned to walk, with only a minimal limp, back straight, head held high in confidence rather than cockiness. He walked like a man who had learned to lean into God for whatever strength he needed.”


― Robin Lee Hatcher, Fit to Be Tied

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” Frank Zappa


“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvellous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; I want to prove that there is infinite space, infinite meaning, infinite dimension. But I am not always in what I call a state of grace. I have days of illuminations and fevers. I have days when the music in my head stops. Then I mend socks, prune trees, can fruits, polish furniture. But while I am doing this I feel I am not living.”

Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

Life is not all clear sailing in calm waters.


HE is the wisest, who has school’d his mind To adopt the current of the ruling wind. Blow whence it will, prepared for all event, With fortune’s dispensations .e’er content. Who with discernment both in time and place, Bends his opinion with a cheerful grace ; To him unknown the troubles which impart The constant fever of the stubborn heart.