Day 2 – Hope Is Always Available
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu
In today’s meditation, we learn that hope is an intrinsic part of who you are, like the love and compassion in your heart. But to make this hope a real and powerful force in life, we need to activate it with self-awareness. Once genuine hope is ignited, it transforms your reality and eradicates fear and uncertainty.
Welcome to Day 2, “Hope is Always Available.” Anything can be a miracle, a blessing, an opportunity, if you choose to see it that way. When you see life through a lens of hope, everything can change. This can be a challenging concept of practice when you’re in the center of a storm. I know this is true. I’ve had a few storms myself. But what looks like a dark patch or a setback can actually be a beautiful turning point. Hard to see it when you’re in it. Maya always used to say, “There’s always a rainbow in the clouds”.
As Michael Bernard Beckwith said on Super Soul Sunday, “I can choose to feel love even when there’s conflict. What happens I activate my choice muscle, expand my awareness, my life changes.” Choice muscle…that’s a good concept.
When we’re faced with a difficult situation we always have the choice of two reactions…hope or despair. When you choose hope you open your mind and heart and very naturally you begin to imagine other possibilities. Are you facing significant life change like getting out of a bad relationship or starting a new job or trying to lose the burden of weight? Well often we feel chaos or resistance in those moments. What I do know for sure is that resistance will try to take you down. So we often put off life-decisions because we don’t take the leap. Deepak says, “Go for it now. Hope lives in this moment and every moment. Don’t waste another second.”
We’ve started the journey to make hope real and lasting in our lives. The first thing to know is that hope is a quality that exists in consciousness, like love or joy. When a situation looks hopeless we are not seeing clearly. On its own consciousness is always life-supporting. Every cell in the body nourishes and supports itself through the wisdom that evolved in our DNA. Your awareness is just as life-supporting. But if we make choices that are self-defeating or that deny reality, the mind can lose hope. The way to heal any situation is to activate hope. This happens here and now because hope is always a part of our present awareness. Otherwise hope is mere wishing, which is a dream of the past or future. Stop and think about the things you hope for at work, in relationships or from yourself. You will find there is a spectrum of hope that runs from a casual “I hope so” to “My hope is my rock.” A conviction born of trust and belief in yourself.
Where does such a solid foundation come from? Your core self. When you connect with your true-self as we do in meditation, hope develops more strength. Then “I hope” begins to change your personal reality. It eradicates fear of uncertainty. As an example, consider your approach to love. You may be waiting for the one to magically appear. An ideal beloved who will make everything right. You may be in a relationship where love is taken for granted or where the most loving part was at the beginning. You may feel not enough love.
These are mild forms of hopelessness. On the other hand a hopeful relationship to love is active and self-directed. Instead of waiting for the one to magically appear, YOU become the one. Instead of seeking love, you live and give the love you want by what you say and do. In both the hopeless and hopeful relationships to love a person hopes to be loved. Yet only in the second case is this hope active, strong and life-supporting. At its strongest hope creates the outcome you want in any situation. It carries the full power of intention.
The power of hope is here every day.
My true self is wide awake.
Today hope is a strong part of who I am. And that comes from faith in having a power greater than myself in my life, a god of my own understanding. And that hope comes from self-awareness. I didn’t have hope, faith, a god, nor self-awareness until I reached my bottom in my disease of alcoholism. I just existed on the planet with no purpose, no direction and a huge void in my life.
I don’t believe it was a coincidence when I finally had the desperation to ask for help. I couldn’t go a day, no matter how much, how long and how hard I tried, to get through a day without drinking. And that is when my life changed and I became a sponge soaking up this new way of living.
For me a 28-day treatment program and Alcoholics Anonymous has shown me the way to Dee, to understand Dee, to accept and embrace Dee, to love Dee. And the new Dee has hope because my god is here with and for me to guide and protect me on my journey through life. And my purpose is to share that with you in your periods of self-doubt and self-loathing, or just in a state of confusion. We all go there. We all get over-whelmed.
I just want to share with you that everything is perfect at this very moment. Stay here. In the moment. Love yourself for YOUR gifts. You have many! Don’t compare yourself to anyone. They don’t have YOUR gifts. And remember that you are perfect just the way you are, right here, right now, on your journey through life. Keep going. Enjoy the ride. Love yourself. And never forget that you are not on this ride alone. There are many of us who want to share your journey, to give you hope and compassion. Don’t deprive us of that. Please.
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From Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s 21-Day Meditation on HOPE.