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The possibilities for joy are all around us!

As the autumn sunlight lit up the trees outside my window, my heart just soared and I rushed out to wander in the garden and marvel at the sheer beauty of it.  After days of dismal fog, it was magical to see so many shades of copper, auburn and gold sparkling against the bluest of skies.  I was filled with a sense of awe and gratitude!

 


Let's flex our hope muscles!

'I wish I could show you,

When you are lonely or in darkness,

The Astonishing Light

Of your own Being.’ Hafiz

 


The light is always there waiting for us to see it!

‘God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope.’  Maya Angelou

 

Sometimes hope eludes us and it’s hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel - we feel overwhelmed and the future stretches bleakly before us.  We find ourselves questioning the whole basis of our lives and whether there is any meaning or purpose in them.

 


We create our world moment by moment

‘The thought manifests as the word

The word manifests as the deed

The deed develops into a habit

And the habit hardens into character.’ The Buddha

 

Everything in our universe vibrates, including us, and our emotions are also vibrations.  When we choose to hope rather than despair, we automatically tune in to a higher vibrational level, freeing ourselves from the negative impact of the slower vibrations like fear, anxiety, and doubt.

 


Dealing with dark times can help us become more resilient

We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better.’  The Dalai Lama

 

Hope is both a choice and an action.  If we give way to despair about the chaos of our world or our own personal circumstances, we are unable to do anything to change the situation.  And although human history is a catalog of woes, it’s worth remembering that it is also rich with magnanimous acts of courage, sacrifice, and compassion.

 


Hope is a miracle

The point about hope is that it is something that occurs in very dark moments.  It is like a flame in the darkness.’  John Berger

 

In these dark days, when Covid 19 and its effects are added to all the other existing troubles in our world, hope is vital.  Hope is always available to us - it’s born in darkness, just as the stars are visible only when the sky is black.

 


Let's aspire to a life well-lived!

In January 2020 I gave a talk entitled ‘A Time of Crisis or a Time of Transformation?’, part of which is included as an article on this website.   This was before Coronavirus became virtually the only news, before Lockdown, and before the resultant dire economic depression and mass redundancies that are happening now.