Grasp

:  to make the motion of seizing: clutch
1:  to take or seize eagerly
2:  to clasp or embrace especially with the fingers or arms
3:  to lay hold of with the mind: comprehend

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Grasp (v.): mid-14th century, “to reach, drop, feel around,” possibly a metathesis of grapsen, from Old English graepsan “to touch, feel,” from Proto-Germanic grap-, grab-, from Proto-Indo-European root ghrebh- “to seize, reach” (related to: grab).  With verb-formative -s- as in cleanse.  Sense of “seize” first recorded mid-16th century.  Transitive use by 17th century.  Figurative use from c. 1600; of intellectual matters from 1680s.

Source: etymonline.com

Wisdom

"I believe though I do not comprehend, and I hold by faith what I cannot grasp with the mind." 

Saint Bernard (1090-1153, Bernard of Clairvaux, French abbot and the primary reformer of the Cistercian order)

Bio Source:

: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_of_Clairvaux

"But he that dares not to grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose." 

Anne Brontë (1820-1849, Irish novelist George Moore declared that "if Anne Brontë had lived ten years longer, she would have taken a place beside Jane Austen, perhaps even a higher place"; in addition, he described her first novel, Agnes Grey (1847), as "the most perfect prose narrative in English literature.")

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/anne-bronte 

"True adulthood occurs the moment we grasp that the people who raised us do not exist solely for our comfort and reassurance. From that point on, the steady stream of unconditional love and support we've expected from them all our lives has to flow both ways."

Lynn Coady (b. 1970, Canadian novelist, journalist, and TV writer)

Bio Source:

lynncoady.com/

“The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment... We are told that by its aid the stars are weighed and the billions of molecules in a drop of water are counted. Yet, like the ghost of Hamlet's father, this great science eludes the efforts of our mental weapons to grasp it.” 

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, logician and philosopher best known for his work in mathematical logic and the philosophy of science)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/whitehead/

“Happiness is a butterfly that often hovers just beyond your grasp, then suddenly alights on your shoulder, sits for a spell and moves on.” 

Peggy Toney Horton (wife, mother, grandmother, and writer)

Bio Source:

www.shewrites.com/profile/PeggyToneyHorton

“Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.
Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm at the end 
as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.”

Lao Tzu or Laozi (Old Master who was said to written the IChing; Philosophical Daoism traces its origins to Laozi, an extraordinary thinker who flourished during the sixth century B.C.E., according to Chinese tradition)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/laozi/

Meditation

“Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.
Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course. . .” Lao Tzu

 

Grasping for events to happen tends to push what we desire away.  When we force circumstances we are haphazardly signaling to The Universe that we don’t trust what is meant for us.

Ease allows us to draw upon all that is meant for us in The Flow.  Life happens effortlessly when we place ourselves in the vicinity of all that we envision.  If there’s a vibrational fit, The Universe will stand behind such visions, and will most often deliver more than we dreamed.

In order for events to align, we must focus, take our time, and take aim, and trust, surrender, and focus.  It’s not about chasing one’s tail and running through life.  That’s not to say that we shouldn’t work hard for what we want.  Essentially, it’s about being present and knowing when it’s necessary to speed up and when to slow down.

In order to discern what is meant for us, we must develop a propensity for work-life balance, which should also entail play, rest, and challenge.  The danger can mount when we only focus on one segment of our lives.  We will miss out on what we are in all of our complexities, levels, and dimensions.

The most fulfilling lives are the ones grounded in equanimity.  Sojourners, let’s reach for Grace, balance and love, which will lead to happiness, creative joy, and to authenticity.

Continue to be well, sojourners!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

 

 

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