Hope is a feeling, an internal movement. If seen in its proper context, hope is part of the light of joy and love that is constantly shining through and illuminating the beauty of life — the awesome dance in which we take part. There is no need to feed it or hang on to it as a distraction or a promise. Instead, strive to see it in context with all of the present moment’s thoughts and sensations. It is but a broken branch floating in the middle of the river of the Tao that we can hang on to only momentarily; however, it must not become the totality of our reality.
If one is not careful, hope — like any tool of love — can become a chain perpetuating an endless illusion and escape from looking, seeing and participating in the complexity of what really is. If you are always wishing upon a star for a different reality to emerge, you often don’t see the star itself or the miracle of the person who is witnessing the star.
But to lose hope is also false because it is an ever-present part of the dance of life. Sometimes it is not illuminated, but it is still there, waiting to come to light. It is part of the lightness of your feet; otherwise we would have cement blocks sinking us hopelessly to the bottom of the sea.
We asked experts, authors and readers like you to share their stories of Hope. Every day for the next month, you’ll find new tips for optimism on Gaiam Life, the Stream of Consciousness blog and our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. And don’t miss the GaiamTV.com Hope Film Festival, with FREE films all month long.