This week we explored the theme of Blooming Hope in our daily sessions. Bloom Pause is a community offering that meets remotely using Zoom. Each week we explore a new theme through discussion, sharing, meditation and practices to improve daily life. If you'd like to join Bloom Pause, please email email@example.com.
This week we explored how hope happens drawing from the work of Brene Brown from her book, The Gifts of Imperfection. She writes the following, "I always thought of hope as an emotion - like a warm feeling of optimism ... I was wrong... hope is not an emotion; it's a way of thinking or a cognitive process. Emotions play a supporting role, but it is really a thought process made up of ... goals, pathways, and agency."
She goes on to explain, in very simple terms, hope happens when there are 3 things:
- we have the ability to set realistic goals,
- we are able to stay flexible and develop alternative routes,
- we believe in ourselves.
So, hope is a combination of setting goals, having the tenacity and perseverance to pursue them, and believing in our own abilities. And, if we want to cultivate hopefulness, we have to be willing to be flexible and demonstrate perseverance.
Questions for reflection:
1. What is something you want to accomplish?
2. What do you feel it will take to get there?
3. What helps you persist and perseverance, to stick out the inevitable disappointments along the way - to try, try again?
4. What helps you feel you can do something, especially when you feel despair?
5. What brings you hope?
In bloom we grow,