Hope Is Always Available Danielle Rogers April 13, 2017 Enlightenment, Spirituality, Words of Wisdom “Hope In Uncertain Times” is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu “Hope In Uncertain Times” is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. 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. CENTERING THOUGHT: The power of hope is here every day. SANSKRIT MANTRA: The power of hope is here every day. (My true self is wide awake.) 1.) In each of our relationships, there is a spectrum of hope that ranges from hopeless about creating any real change to embracing change. Take two relationships that are very important to you and rate them from 1 (never going to change) to 5 (always changing and growing). Briefly write down why you feel this way for each of them. I’m going to choose one from each side of the spectrum to for my own personal purposes. Relationship 1: Possibly one of the most important relationships that I have; this bond is solid, honest, sometimes confrontational, but most of all authentic. We don’t always see eye to eye but there is a level of respect that allows us to respect one another’s differences. I rate this relationship as a 5 and I believe this is the soul purpose in the longevity that exists in this relationship. Doesn’t mean that it is lacking differences or confrontation just means that we are always willing to communicate to the best of our abilities and be open to see one another’s perspective. Relationship 2: I’m going to address this is a general sense as I’m looking at it from the POV of a few relationships collectively. Most of the relationships that have severed naturally or forcefully were because they were for the most part at a 3 level or lower. Lacking growth in their lives, communication in our lives, or just overall being cyclical and stagnant. Granted some relationships can dissipate naturally as life does it’s thing and that’s okay. 2.) What qualities would give these two relationships more hope? Using the word “more,” follow it with positive possibilities, such as more acceptance, more tolerance, more forgiveness, more affection, more honesty. Hope can be found in these relationships by being more accepting, tolerant, forgiving, and open. Hope could possibly even be found in being more courageous. 3.) Even though every relationship is a two-way street, describe one thing you will do today for each of these relationships that represents a change you want, picking from the qualities you wrote down in Question 2. For example, if you wrote “more affection,” perhaps you could give your family member a prolonged hug when you get home from work. Today I am simply going to try to be more understanding. 4.) Daily Reflection: We often fail to give others the same courtesies that we wish to have bestowed upon us. We all criticize, judge, and jump to conclusions without seeking to communicate our assumptions, concerns, and/or dislikes. Often times in the process of trying to “check” an individual you can offend a multitude. We have to be careful who and how we criticize, we must always remember that everyone is fighting their own battles, and that even someone you may view as a beacon of hope is simply human. Life happens to us all and we have to stop worrying about the vessel and be more so attentive of the lesson. Someone could be showing us ourselves and we only recognize their outer being and not the reflection that lays before us. This is how people jump to the conclusions of “not liking” someone although they may not even know it. I’ve been fighting a lot of inward battles lately brought on by outwardly things. For the most part, I know and see what’s going on but I’ve been trying to fight through it. I know better than this for true strength lies in stillness but the lessons never stop and the tests will continue to happen. HOPEFULLY, I get stronger, wiser, and become more understanding as I press on. “Hope In Uncertain Times” is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here.