Hope is defined as “the feeling of cherishing a desire with anticipation, trust and belief in fulfillment”.
The positive physiological effects of hope are well-supported. Researchers are learning that a change in mind-set has the power to alter neurochemistry.
Further research also showed that during the course of illness, belief and expectation — two mental states associated with hope — have an impact on the nervous system which, in turn, sets off a chain reaction that makes improvement and recovery more likely. This process, is fundamental to the widely accepted “placebo effect,” which is created by a hopeful outlook.
Hope opens doors and has the power to sustain us through the most difficult of times and circumstances. Having the ability to look forward keeps us moving forward, and hope plays an important role in this process.
Often, hope serves as the catalyst to uncover forgotten strengths, to begin to see possibilities, and to create and sustain change. Also, hope is the best “partner” in helping people overcome obstacles or loss and see their worlds through a different lens.
Enjoy this guided audio meditation practice by our CEO, Rose Felix Cratsley. This mediation focuses on Healing Through Hope.