Hopelessness: it’s a Good Thing. ~ Eve Eliot

Via on Oct 20, 2010

Bask in the agony of it all.

It’s a good thing, hopelessness. It pushes you into the present moment.

Hope—having to do always with anticipation of improvement in the future—lifts us up and out of where we are.

If we are despairing of future improvement—hopeless—we can sink into the present, into whatever is right under our feet right in this moment.

Hopelessness relieves you of having to continue to believe in a future. Bask in the relief of this.

Bask by becoming aware of your body. Wherever you are now, sitting, standing, walking, feel the weight of your body. If you are sitting or reclining, feel the weight of your body on the surface beneath you.

Take in the pleasure of being present. The pleasure of presence dwells in your awareness of the moment in your body, and the relief of finally giving up the need for strategies, plans, solution, action. This moment…this pleasure…is not about action, not about accomplishment, not about moving forward.

It is about moving inward.

Move into awareness of your own breathing. In the container of your heavy body holding still, standing, sitting, or reclining, notice the subtle movement of the breath. This is how to move inward, where peace is already available, and this peace has nothing at all to do with the diet, the relationship, the finances, with solutions of any kind. It is already here, free of conditions.

Notice the inhale…notice the exhale.

It’s boring, I know. But just for this moment, notice another inhale…

So…embrace hopelessness, just for this breathing moment.

No more diets. It’s hopeless, your weight issue.

No more having to rise to the occasion of going out on a date. The social life…hopeless.

No more having to devise a new strategy to turn the business around. It’s not happening.

The teenagers? Don’t even think about considering the possibility that they can be other than they are.

A terminal diagnosis. That is daunting.

But all these can be held in the heart the same way, with openness and compassion for the agony of it all.

Bask in the agony of it all. Breathe in the hopelessness, which is an arrow that points to…surrender.

What really matters is that you are able to be there for other experiencers of hopelessness.

What really matters is that you let the people you love know you are grateful to them.

Breathe in now.

Eve Elliot is a psychotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher. She’s authored five CDs  and several books, including, Attention Shoppers! The Woman’s Guide to Enlightenment Through Shopping. She’s been interviewed over 60 times for TV, magazines, and newspapers including The Boston Globe and has been a sought after expert in the field of eating disorders.

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10 Responses to “Hopelessness: it’s a Good Thing. ~ Eve Eliot”

  1. Diana Mercer diana says:

    How can something so anti-intuitive make so much good, solid sense? Thank you for the reminder Eve. I feel hopeless today. :)

  2. Michelle Margaret Fajkus yogafreedomfoundation says:

    Beautiful, thank you!

  3. Stelios says:

    It is funny to read this, and then notice the CV of the writer. I am wondering, did she wrote all this books NOT HOPING that anyone will read them?

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Stephen Sheehan shame is a good motivator.

    Roger Wolsey this concept of embracing hopelessness reminds me of the buddhist therapist i went to one time. he basically said, "yep, you're screwed up and it may never get any better." he was inviting me to have no hope for making positive improvements. i responded by giving him no hope of having me return as a client. ; )

    elephantjournal.com Wow. That's not what it's about at all. Perhaps your therapist didn't explain or understand it well. I'll do a post on it–it's something you'd dig and love and probably already embody.

  5. Roger Wolsey BrotherRog says:

    this concept of embracing hopelessness reminds me of the buddhist therapist i went to one time. he basically said, "yep, you're screwed up and it may never get any better." for my hard earned $100, he was inviting me to have no hope for making positive improvements. i responded by giving him no hope of having me return as a client. ; )

  6. Roger Wolsey BrotherRog says:

    “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh – my kind of Buddhist.

    • liz says:

      yeah but we don't do anything to remedy the hardship and all the problems build up and then we're left with a worse shitheap than before.

  7. Roger Wolsey BrotherRog says:

    "Once you choose hope, anything is possible." ~Christopher Reeve

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