Day 17 – How Hope Goes Viral
“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay.” – Maya Angelou
We all understand how we can be an agent of change for the people we personally interact with, but we can also affect those around us with whom we don’t have direct contact through the connection of our shared collective consciousness. When we learn to consciously live and act from a deep place of hope, love, and kindness, we are stimulating and connecting to the same level of hope, love, and kindness in others, near and far. As their hope and love is awakened, it increases the strength of the signal, awakening more hearts in turn. This is how hope goes viral.
This is Day 17. Today’s meditation is on How Hope Goes Viral. One of the greatest joys in my life right now is gardening. I love harvesting vegetables and posting those photos sometimes on Instagram and Facebook. And nothing makes me happier than walking my dog through a basket full of greens. Some photos of my harvest days have gone viral. Imagine that! Pictures of a bowl of fresh-picked tomatoes going viral!
I think it may be because people inherently love nature themselves and the idea of growing things, gardening, you know, is not a complex thing. What makes it so satisfying is it’s connection to the simplest joys to the earth. You plant a seed. You nurture it. It brings itself to fruition. And those impulses are part of who we are. I believe the root of hope lives in all of us.
And isn’t a garden the perfect metaphor for hope going viral? You tend the soil, again. You plant it. You fertilize it. You nurture it with a hope it will grow vibrant. You begin with that hope that a seed turns into something fruitful or beautiful. And when that seed is grown you share it.
In nurturing our hopes and dreams we often begin with just a seed. We grow and nurture our hopes and sharing the fruits of our realized hopes and dreams is one of life’s greatest joys.
Ultimately growing a garden is about giving back and sharing with others. You can’t eat all those tomatoes yourself! I love to drop in on my neighbors with baskets of freshly picked anything…lettuce, snap peas, tomatoes…because I grew it and I don’t want to waste it. And life is better when you share it.
So don’t waste the fruits of your hope. Let it grow to abundance and share it with the world. And may it become viral. Let’s hear from Deepak and how to cultivate viral hope.
We’ve discovered on our meditation journey that hope is activated in the present moment. Present moment awareness is simply conscious experience without the mind’s analysis or conceptualization, including the thoughts and feelings about the past and the future. Present moment awareness experience is your true self and it is always fresh and new. It is the very essence of hope, of love, of compassion and joy.
Absorbing the qualities of the true self happens effortlessly in our meditations. But you can encourage the inner shift outside meditation. Start at the level of beliefs. In any situation allow yourself to be present to the experience without mental analysis and interpretation. And you will find that you naturally drop the belief that you know what is best for someone else.
This does not mean that we sacrifice our beliefs or don’t stand up for what we think is right. Rather we recognize that instead of trying to force people to change it is more effective to be the example of hope, tolerance and love.
Particularly in times of uncertainty negativity and aggression lead to more negativity and aggression. But hope and compassion also beget more hope and compassion. As this happens you now have an understanding that everyone wants to grow and evolve in their own way and at their own pace. Know that at some level they are listening and that their consciousness is responding to your hope and compassion. Even if you detect resistance on the surface. Understand and feel that at a core level they share your hope.
If you adopt this approach hope will go viral wherever you are. Social research has already proven that personal attitudes, beliefs and habits go viral all the time. If you have a friend or family member who overeats, for example, you’re more likely to overeat. While on the other hand if a friend or family member goes to the gym you’re more likely to do that too.
What’s mysterious is you don’t actually have to be in direct contact with the other person. What’s at work is the power of collective consciousness. When we become a living example of the power of hope we become a catalyst for the transformative force in others, a force that can never be extinguished.
I bring hope into the present moment.
My true self is wide awake.
It’s the ripple effect. When one shares hope, that hope can be carried clear around the world. That seed can blossom into amazing abundance. That’s why we must remember that we do count, our voices will be heard. We must share that hope!
I learned that lesson the hard way in my sobriety. One of the hardest things I ever did was to get clean and sober. But what’s harder? Staying sober. I learned early on the slogan, “You can’t keep it unless you give it away.” That was in reference to my sobriety and recovery. And once I thought life was going great and I was getting “well”, I ceased going to so many AA meetings, I ceased being with the fellowship that could call me on my shit, I ceased hearing what it was like to be a newcomer, and I ceased giving away my gift of sobriety.
So unbeknownst to me when asked if I wanted a drink at a barbecue, I said, “No, I haven’t had a drink in over 13 years.” When that drink was left for me in case I changed my mind, it yelled at me until I drank it. To me this was a Godsend, only because I was graced with another chance in sobriety. Some aren’t so lucky. They never get back. But this time around I don’t take this gift lightly, I stay close to my meetings and fellowship, and I give back what was so freely given to me when I needed it most – HOPE.
And when I work with those in need, whether sponsees or people who randomly (yeah, right) enter my “Dee bubble”, I oftentimes get to witness their hope and joy being shared with those who enter their bubbles, and on and on it goes. It’s magical!
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From Deepak and Oprah’s 21-Day Meditation Experience on HOPE.