Restoring Lost Hope

What keeps us going if it’s not hope? Without hope for a better tomorrow, or at least a tomorrow that’s as good as today, most of us likely wouldn’t continue living.

There’s a lot of suffering in life. We all suffer. Even the free and the rich. But we live for the hope of joy. What happens to someone who has little or no joy left? Without hope that their joy will return one day they’re likely to end their life, rather than go through many years of suffering just to die anyway.

The other thing that keeps us going is fear. When hope and joy are absent fear can still keep people alive. As in fear of the unknown after death. But if fear of death dissipates and hope isn’t restored it’s not hard to see why some people kill themselves.

So how do we restore hope when it’s lost — hope for joy that makes the suffering worth it, or at least durable?

We start by turning off the negative dialogue in our mind and remove ourselves from contaminating influences. We can choose to let go of the negative forces and influences in our environment and in our own mind. We need to create space for hope and joy to get in.

Sometimes hope and joy will push the negativity out on its own. But sometimes we’re so resistant, and so distracted and self-deluded that it can’t get in. So we need to consciously make room.

It’s about letting go of the illusion of control. Once we give up on our ability to solve the problem we leave room for the problem to begin to work itself out. Letting go of what’s disturbing us is the way. The way for light to eventually find its way back in.

Originally published on my personal blog

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