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Waking Up To Hope
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Waking Up To Hope

Cultivate motivation and strength in this quick practice.

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[Kelly Boys, Mindfulness Trainer] Do you ever feel tired or in need of motivation or strength? Check this verse out, it's from the Hebrew Bible also known as the Christian Old Testament. And we're gonna reflect on some areas where you might feel demotivated or hopeless in order to cultivate hope. This is Isaiah 40:28-31. "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord will not grow tired or weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young people stumble and fall but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like Eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." It's amazing to dwell on the possibility that the divine does not grow weary. There's something that's beyond our unlimited kind of confined ways of viewing the world through our thoughts, emotions, that just keeps generating this idea perhaps of hopelessness or whatever it is that's so believable in your experience that might be de-motivating you from engaging with your life. We can actually be enlivened by hope and something that's larger than ourselves. The question at the beginning wakes us up. Have you not heard? It's a call letting us know that we can actually find renewal through the movement of hope in our hearts, something that we can do, and we have access to. What would it be like if there was greater nourishment for you beyond what you can see right now in times of difficulty that you could lean into and trust in and find hope in when you might feel demotivated or you might feel tired or weary? Let's take a moment to reflect so you can close your eyes or you can have your eyes open and I'll lead us through a few questions. Let's think of a place in your life where you might feel like you've lost hope or you might feel like you're demotivated. What would it be like to imagine yourself finding hope in this situation, accessing your heart, accessing the possibility that the divine does not grow tired or weary and can renew your strength? What if you let that in? So what call do you hear when you do this reflection? When you stop to listen? You might hear a pattern of thinking that you have that is kind of keeping you in a rut. You might see some idea you have about your future that's holding you back like, "I'll never be enough." Or, "I can't get it right." Or, "I don't have what I need." Whatever it is, you wanna acknowledge the truth in any of that in some way. So you're validating your feelings and thoughts, but what if you return back to that scenario or situation or whatever it is that you're seeing as a pattern and you return to it with hope in your heart with this sense that I could be renewed to look at this situation again, to step into my life, I could see new actions to take. So I'll leave you with this. What if you made a daily ritual choosing hope? You connect with your heart, you feel the possibility for hope and renewal, and then you set one goal for each day where you're gonna practice hope. What would it be like to practice hope for yourself in your life? Thanks for being with me.

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