Sunday, July 24, 2016

#SOL16: Hope and Doubt

Bluebird (M.A. Reilly, 2012)

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ~ Charlotte Brontë .

This was the quote for Day 11 of Oprah and Deepak's Getting Unstuck 21-Day Meditation and I found it hopeful and wanted to pass it along.  The talk that day was about developing awareness. Deepak stated, 
"Awareness opens the door to new possibilities. Therefore we must master the skill of being aware." 
He then outlined three key practices that can help us to develop our capacity to be aware: 

1. Pay attention to what is happening in the environment: self, other, environment
2. Practice holding focus--the opposite of being scattered. Key is being interested and engaged.
3. Learn the skill of stillness: Bear witness, restful alertness.

Each morning as I meditate, all three of these skills are present in that action. Mediation lodges me in the present moment, now. On the day before, the quote was from Thích Nhất Hạnh who wrote, 
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” 
In losing Rob, I better understand that life is what we compose. We have choices in how we react, in how we understand, in the ways we frame possibility. Truths are largely what we make, not what is ordained. Deepak talks about hope and doubt explaining that hope pulls us forward into the now, while doubt pulls us backward out of the present moment. There are tensions between hope and doubt and often represent ways we approach the unknown. Doubts limit us, while hope does not. Living in the here and now is the only rational space to stand.


  1. I love this: "We have choices in how we react, in how we understand, in the ways we frame possibility." I firmly believe that hope, too, is a choice - it's that movement forward, no matter how painful, because that is where the living is.

    1. Thanks Tara. Hope seems to be a reoccurring theme in what I have been writing.

  2. I needed this today - thank you for sharing, Mary Ann x


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