“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite the darkness” – Desmond Tutu
Over the last few months we seem to have been living in fear, fear of uncertainty, fear of what the future holds. But the thing with fear is that it makes us blind to any positive options that are presented to us. Anxiety, self-doubt and uncertainty are all friends of fear and will bring up any past disappointments and magnify the fear.
Maya Angelou said, “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space, invite one to stay”.
I invited Hope.
Hope gives us the power and control we need to deal with the uncertainty of life (especially at the moment), Deepak Chopra said, “Hope is activated through self-awareness, this makes it a real and powerful force in our life, once genuine hope is ignited, it transforms your reality and eradicates fear and uncertainty.”
By living in hope we become self-confident and fearless, enabling us to look at uncertainty without fear, therefore allowing us to see the opportunities for growth and new possibilities.
When we have hope we believe that the best possible future is something we can create. We are filled with positive thoughts about what’s coming, however we need to take action to make hope effective – passive hope is just an excuse so set a goal, make a plan.
Creating and achieving goals is a vital part of living with hope. You can start small or ‘go for gold’, just set a goal and stick to the plan. Realising our goals shows us that our past disappointments are no longer our present reality.
Hope makes us strong and secure, don’t let fear destroy your hope, take action now and show everyone that yesterdays ‘unreality’ has become todays reality.
What are you going to do with your new found hope?
Meditation transforms lives, it really works. It has been a major turning point for many people, myself included.
Anyone can meditate, its open to all human beings regardless of their creed, race, level of income, academic qualifications, self-confidence and health or fitness level.
It has been used by many people to awaken their creativity – they may not have actually called it meditation, but anyone who closes their eyes and consciously looks within themselves, have been ‘practicing’ meditation. You don’t need to go into the wilderness or monastery to meditate, it can be done at home or in a quiet place at work, in fact many high-profile companies now recognise the benefits of meditation and encourage their staff to practice.
Some of the main benefits from meditation include:
- The ultimate stress reliever – it can release stress that you didn’t consciously know you had.
- Clinically proven to improve health.
- The most effective way to relax – allows you to be more receptive and less reactive.
- Improves creativity – many famous artists and authors use it to open their minds to deeper creativity.
- You are more in the here and now, with a less wandering mind, you become fully present.
- Your personal power increases – you are more energised.
Many people say it’s too hard to meditate, they can’t stop the constant thoughts going through their mind. Meditation is not easy however, it is simple. It’s about releasing any resistances or preconceived ideas you have around meditation. It is a ‘practice’, so requires ‘practice’, you need to be persistant, it’s not a ‘bandaid’ to be used when you feel stressed, it’s a practice that will give you more energy, creativity and enthusiasm and will help keep you in-tune with what’s going on in your life.
Finally, and most importantly, “You don’t do it, it does you!” This means that by focusing on your intention and not forcing anything, you allow healing energy to fully awaken and take over the process of meditation. The goal of meditation is to bring yourself to a ‘State of Grace”, which is where you are filled with the highest of healing energies.