My fellow Body Image Gurus over at Eat, Breathe, Thrive asked me on Instagram recently, “What does hope mean to you?” Here’s what I replied:
“Hope to me means help. Helping myself, helping others. Hope is holding space for our own sacred hearts to feel through what’s clouding our higher vision. Hope is knowing of the unfolding before we see it, before we feel it. Sometimes hope is all we have…and all we need.”
After posting, a conversation I had with a premier coaching client a few days ago came to mind. Towards the end of our daily dharma call I shared with her that I was feeling hopeful about her recovery. This particular client is currently battling a severe relapse of anorexia. She said, “Don’t worry, I won’t die on you.” My response to her was not what I expected. I replied, “I am not afraid of losing you. I am afraid of you losing everything in your life you care about to your fear.” She replied, I know…and I won’t.
At our live session the next day she looked different, not because she gained weight, but because she had moved through a huge layer of fear during the night. She dreamed, she cried, she journaled and nurtured herself. The clarity the emotional release provided got her reviewing her recovery plan in the morning and reworking places her eating disorder was finding it’s way in and around her desire to thrive.
This is the power of hope.
Let’s keep the conversation going. What does hope mean to you?Share