This week we explored the theme of Hope & Optimism in our Bloom Conversation and Meditation sessions. Bloom Conversation and Meditation 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, sign up here.
One of our dear Bloomers, Eric Carpine shared his inspiring manifesto for practicing optimism in his life. He calls it his Optimist's Manifesto. With his permission, we shared it to inspire our Bloom Conversation and Meditation sessions:
"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."
In very simple terms, hope happens when:
Thoughts and inspiration from today's discussion around hope and optimism:
Questions for reflection:
We hope you enjoy reading Eric's spiritual promises that he's made to himself along his spiritual journey and he uses when he needs clarity and vision. We hope you find this as inspiring as we have.
Enjoy reflecting on Hope and Optimism.