GRACE, MEET GRATITUDE

GRACE, MEET GRATITUDE

During the holidays, emotions can run high. Having a greater sense of grace might just be the answer for year ‘round peace of mind, according to our own Resonance Repatterning expert based in Austin, Mary Schneider, who shares her insightful perspective.

ETERNALLY GRATEFUL

In the east, it is said that gratitude opens the gates to divine grace. When we feel gratitude, no matter our life circumstances, our pain and stress can be diminished. Among other similar characteristics, grace, and gratitude have one very important trait in common…both are qualities of the heart.

 

What is grace? It is a virtue we bestow upon another. Grace is a gift available to us whenever we choose. Either way, the feelings involved are often difficult to articulate. Although it might not actually be the case, both gratitude and grace seem to be in abundance during this time of year…at least on the surface. Of course, we all recognize the holiday season can be difficult for some individuals. Grief and loss can be amplified when a holiday connection or lack thereof is central. If we haven’t experienced this phenomenon, we all know someone who has, right? And in concert with the retail trade, therapists are busy this time of year: I haven’t seen my sister in a year. You might think, I must get into his life again because of the holidays.

 

What is tricky here is to be able to find gratitude in what looks to be worry or pain. Grace allows this through acceptance, a highly spiritual concept that cannot be underestimated. Taught in numerous recovery programs, what it underscores in addiction is the inability to accept whatever circumstances we’ve been given. To be sure, the first requirement of healing addiction is to accept we are an addict. Grace is also the gift we receive in true acceptance. To contact gratitude inside of this acceptance accelerates the healing process.

 

GRACE’S LAND

Whenever we encounter grace, there is a deep connection to and within ourselves, whether we are aware of it or not. Like the consciousness underlying everything, grace is always available for us to access from within. Grace can appear in a challenging situation, and it can alter the outcome in powerful, sometimes dramatic ways. What appears to be unresolvable is no longer. Sometimes it may take us by surprise when we recognize a shift weeks after it occurred.

 

Over the centuries, much has been written about grace in all faiths and spiritual paths. In the Christian tradition, grace is benignly and generously given by God meritoriously: it is earned. In other writings, it is seen as a state, as in, “She has been observed to be living in a state of grace.” There has historically been a disagreement between the concepts of grace and free will. This was resolved for me when I heard a speaker report, “The aborigines believe we were given free will in order to choose not to use it.” Grace enables forgiveness. When we forgive completely, the love unearthed beneath our lack of forgiveness is revealed. I recently came across this elegant quote in the newsletter of Brian Seth Hurst’s The Opportunity Management Company, “Love reveals anything unlike itself.” Therefore, we can free up space for the forgiveness of ourselves, and grace is the wind beneath our wings. Awareness of this engenders gratitude, and gratitude begets appreciation.

 

When we have appreciation, a cascade of neurotransmitters is activated that creates feelings of warmth, love, pleasure, and joy in the appreciative person, and the one being appreciated. This cascade can benefit the immune system and every organ of the body. With this heightened neurotransmission, our pain and depression are diminished. It is impossible to be depressed and grateful at the same time. Gratitude enhances our well-being–mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

 

HOLIDAYS ON NICE

A great deal of what we experience around the holidays is rooted in the spirit of giving. True giving is without any concern for acknowledgment or reciprocity. Although our acquisitive culture might take issue here, when gratitude is offered in response, it is a gift. It is enough. And grace is what we receive when we give without expecting anything in return.

Grace is a quality of the divine. Much of what we do encompassing kindness and mercy engenders grace. Grace is in the natural flow of all things. It is omnipresent and infinite–the frequency of the heart. We are not talking merely of the physical heart–it’s also the spiritual heart, which is the frequency of love.

 

In her book, Transforming Primary Patterns, Chloe Wordsworth reveals, “When we remember the Divine with gratitude, we will be content no matter how difficult our life circumstances may be.” If we do an online search for gratitude journals, there are hundreds of diaries available to chronicle daily gratitude. There are even gratitude journals for kids. Whatever we choose to avail ourselves of during this happy holiday season, may we all experience an abundance of grace and gratitude.

RED CARPET READY

RED CARPET READY

Whether you’re gracing a red carpet or just relishing red raspberries as a snack, precious red stones can make anyone feel like having a red-letter day. Here, our jewelry admirer Lance Avery Morgan and the Society Texas editorial team pick our favorites for you to adorn and love as we collaborate with some of our very favorite jewelers.

Shine oh so brightly in this dreamy Procida ring in 18K rose gold with rubies and white diamonds. $12,000. By Miseno. At Neiman Marcus Houston.

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You’ll be jumping through hoops for these eye-catching Procida earrings in 18K white gold with rubies and diamonds. $11,100. By Miseno. At Neiman Marcus Houston.

Make your grand entrance wearing these Zorab chandelier earrings with pear shape faceted rubellite, cultured pearls, and round diamond accents that are set in 18K yellow gold and palladium. $22,900. At TenenbaumJewelers.com.

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EYE MASK KEEP BOX IN

Regal and royal, here’s an antique mid-Victorian twisted 18K yellow gold bypass bangle bracelet with carbuncle garnets and rose-cut diamonds set in silver. Circa 1870. $4,890. At TenenbaumJewelers.com.

Just in time to don for holiday parties, this pear-shaped 5.64CTW. Burma ruby and diamond drop earrings are handcrafted in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star. At L Majors Jewelers, Austin.

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CHARGER

Should this be worn as a necklace, or even as an improvised tiara? Yes, please, with this diamond and Burma ruby necklace of floral design handcrafted in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star. At L Majors Jewelers, Austin.

This very bold and beautiful Nicole Mera necklace features a 7.34CT oval Rubellite Tourmaline  surrounded by a halo and bail of bright white diamonds set in 18K yellow gold. $16,000. At NicoleMera.com.

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your birthday can be any day

With just a flick of the wrist, you’ll shine like never before in this Butterfly ruby bangle in 18K white gold. It has 122 rubies that are of 46.92CT, 129 diamonds of 5.14CT, and 562 diamonds of 7.55 CT. $172,000. By Nini Jewels. At NiniJewels.com.

This one-of-a-kind stunner is a centerpiece of a Mozambique ruby of 10.11CT, 248 diamonds of 2.30CT, 38 emeralds of 2.95CT, 16 diamonds of 1.22CT, and six pink sapphires of 2.75CT. All set in 18K white gold. $950,000. By Nini Jewels. At NiniJewels.com.

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your birthday can be any day

Blaze into the night like never before while wearing this incredibly unique and rare platinum slider necklace that features a 3.37CT. The Pear shape orangish red Tanzanian Spinel is surrounded by Nicole Mera’s signature cluster halo of big, bright white diamonds, weighing 65CTW. $34,000. At NicoleMera.com.

Pin on this large Rhodolite garnet cabochon brooch that is set in 18K yellow gold. The garnet is 150.4CTS, measures 27.75 X 34mm, and is flanked by 10 freshwater button pearls ranging from 15-15.8mm. By Christopher Walling. Price upon request. At ChristopherWallingJewelry.com.

GLOSSIER
your birthday can be any day

It’s all in the wrists with this very modern, yet classic simultaneously, this original bangle consisting of 4CTS. of diamonds and 20 cabochon rubies set in platinum. By Christopher Walling. Price upon request. At ChristopherWallingJewelry.com.

Be the belle of the ball with this immense and impressive Mozambique ruby ring. Keep the jewels, yet remember the carriage turns into a pumpkin at midnight. Price upon request. By Oscar Heyman. At KormanFineJewelry.com.

GLOSSIER
your birthday can be any day

You’ll be smiling from ear to ear with these remarkable Burman pigeon blood ruby and diamond earrings. Price upon request. By Oscar Heyman. At KormanFineJewelry.com.

Go ahead, nurture your inner Catherine The Great and drop in anytime, especially wearing these ruby, pearl, and diamond dangle earrings. $14,500. By Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. At LMFJ.com.

GLOSSIER
your birthday can be any day

Fit for anyone who wants to feel more regal instantly, this tremendous 2.66CT cushion cut ruby is surrounded by trapezoid and marquise-shaped diamonds in 18K white gold. $105,400. By Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. At LMFJ.com

ICE, ICE BABY

ICE, ICE BABY

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Central Texas Hosts 18th Annual Ice Ball

By Rob Giardinelli         Photography by Chris Caselli and Gypc Girl Photography

THE SETTING: The JW Marriott in Austin was the recent setting of an event that kicked off the fall social season in grand style. Over 750 of the Capital City’s charitable philanthropists turned out for the 18th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Ice Ball. It was an evening that dazzled its guests and will be well remembered, and spoken fondly of, for a long time.

 

THE STYLE: The black tie crowd began the evening in the ballroom foyer of the JW Marriott for cocktail hour. As revelers sipped cocktails, they had the opportunity to peruse silent auction items, participate in a game of Buried Treasure, where the winner received a pave diamond circle necklace, and pose for photos in front of the event’s grand signature ice sculpture.

 

The festivities then moved to the ballroom for the main program. Emcee, KVUE-TV’s Quita Culpepper effortlessly kept the evening moving at a fun, brisk pace. While partygoers dined on a multi-course meal, they were treated to a series of heartwarming testimonials on how Big Brothers Big Sisters has positively impacted the Central Texas community. The evening was capped off by a round of live fundraising, which included a head or tails auction, Fund-A-Friendship paddles up, and the spirited live auction with a host of experiences such as a tour of Sonoma wineries, a skiing adventure in Park City, and an Italian getaway on the Amalfi coast.

 

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Albert and Sarah Swantner, raised over $930,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. Funds from the event will go toward programs that help create life-changing relationships between adult mentors and at-risk youth between the ages of six and 16, which allows them to reach their full potential.

RED, BLANC & NOIR

RED, BLANC & NOIR

ZACH Scott Theatre’s Red Hot & Soul Gala Features Black And White Theme

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Charles Quinn Photography

THE SETTING: The Zachary Scott Theatre was the recent setting for one of the city’s most anticipated fundraisers. Over 400 philanthropists, art lovers, and VIPs turned out for the theatre’s annual Red, Hot & Soul event, an evening of fun, camaraderie, and showstopping performances those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget.

 

THE STYLE: The curtains rose on the black tie affair in the lobby of ZACH’s Topfer Theatre for cocktails. Patrons of the event embraced the black and white theme, a nod to Truman Capote’s 1966 Party of the Century…with many spectacular black and white ensembles spotted among the dashing crowd. During the cocktail hour, partygoers reacquainted with old friends and made new ones while sipping on their favorite cocktails in anticipation of the fun ahead.

 

The festivities then moved to the al fresco Bobbi Pavilion on the ZACH Theatre grounds for the main program. As revelers dined on the multi-course meal, they were treated to dazzling performances by several of ZACH’s most beloved performers, as well as performances from ZACH’s Children’s Academy. Additionally, Austin philanthropists Eric and Maria Groten were honored for their tireless work and support of the beloved theatre that has been a part of the Austin community fabric for over a century.

 

Next came a spirited live auction with a host of dazzling packages. Highlights of the auction included a Pick Your Paradise package where the winner got the pick of a breathtaking getaway to one of three different continents, another was dinner on the theatre stage, and a mountain escape to Park City were among the most popular. The evening’s finale was a spectacular after party where guests danced the night away on the Topfer Theatre stage. Encore!

 

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Cindy Greenwood and Kathy Taylor, raised over $600,000 for ZACH Scott Theatre. Each year, ZACH Scott’s community programs provide outreach and educational opportunities and offer access to theatrical performances to over 125,000 Central Texans, 55,000 of whom are children and youth.

 

PAINT THE TOWN RED

PAINT THE TOWN RED

You’ll be seeing red soon. Everywhere. From Really Red to a deep Bordeaux, the fiery tone will set your wardrobe updates ablaze with unlimited possibilities, according to our style forecasters, The EDIT ADVISORY’S Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason.

The runway looks for this time of year gave us a variety of trends to choose from: Ominously elegant, beaded creations to luxuriously sumptuous crimson velvet ensembles, these looks guarantee that all eyes will be on you. Here, we celebrate red, in all its impassioned shades, from chic celebratory looks to a lingerie-inspired take on power dressing. Whatever statement you want to make this season, make it with the ultimate statement color…red.