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Hope: An Overlooked Power

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going

to talk about cultivating hope.

Now hope is an overlooked emotion,

and it's really important in times

of difficulty uncertainty and pain.

And I think many of us can identify

with that feeling of not having hope.

Being hopeless.

Interestingly, hope is the only

emotion that requires a negative

experience in order for it to arise.

And it's the result of believing that

change is possible and that we have

the tools to make those changes happen.

So how do we start to develop

this belief and these tools?

I'm going to give you two

thoughts to reflect on from

the book, Learned Hopefulness.

The first is to think to past

experiences that you overcame.

Experiences that were difficult,

that maybe you didn't think you'd

be able to get through, but you did.

Look back to those experiences.

Remember them.

Remind yourself that you made it through

and let it inspire you in the present.

The second look to other people who

have overcome difficult experiences,

especially those in similar

situations or who are similar to you.

That trigger something called

vicarious self-efficacy.

We get inspired by watching another

person go through something difficult

and then feel that we can do it as well.

These two strategies will help

cultivate hope in the present moment.

They might not be relevant to you

right now, depending on what you're

going through, but I hope you can

keep this in your back pocket.

We all go through difficult experiences

and it's imperative that we have a

sense of hope in those moments to

keep us from falling into anxiety,

despair, and depression as always.

Thank you for your practice.

I'll talk to you in the

meditation and take care.

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