This week we talk to Sarah Kaufman about grace
SARAH L. KAUFMAN is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, author, journalist and educator. For more than 30 years, she has focused on the union of art and everyday living. She is the dance critic and senior arts writer of the Washington Post, where she has written about the performing arts, pop culture, sports and body language since 1993. Her book, THE ART OF GRACE: On Moving Well Through Life, won a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, was a Washington Post Notable Book of 2015 and has been featured on NPR’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.” Sarah Kaufman recently appeared at the South-by-Southwest Interactive Festival, speaking on a panel inspired by her book, titled, “Can Grace Survive in the Digital Age?” She has taught and lectured at universities and institutes around the country. In 2010 she became the first dance critic in 35 years to win the Pulitzer Prize.
In This Interview, Sarah Kaufman and I Discuss…
- Her book, The Art of Grace on Moving Well Through Life
- How she defines grace
- The idea of ease at it relates to grace
- The three different types of grace that she looks at in her book
- Physical Grace
- Social Grace
- Spiritual Grace
- That grace exists where we forget ourselves and aim instead to bring pleasure to others
- The fact that we have a “grace gap” in our current culture
- The religious take on grace
- The relationship between overload and grace
- That grace is a worldview and a philosophy that allows us to take care of ourselves and others
- Considering the idea of “defying gravity” when considering the idea of grace
- The paradox of grace
- That practice makes graceful
- The graceful balance skill with ease
- The role of movement in grace
- Posture – how do you do it and why is it important
- The grace of a smooth running commercial kitchen
- How being present is crucial to observing grace
- That grace doesn’t demand perfection, it simply means that we lean into our humanity
- Tips to practice grace
Sarah Kaufman Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.