Thursday, May 29, 2008

Having it out with Hope

Paper collage, 6" x 10"

Emily Dickinson says...

"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all..."

Thich Nhat Hanh says...

"Western civilization places so much emphasis on the idea of hope that we sacrifice the present moment. Hope is for the future. It cannot help us discover joy, peace, or enlightenment in the present moment"

Wikipedia says...

"Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope implies a certain amount of despair, wanting, wishing, suffering or perseverence— i.e., believing that a better or positive outcome is possible even when there is some evidence to the contrary. Hope is distinct from positive thinking, which refers to a therapeutic or systematic process used in psychology for reversing pessimism."

The University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center says...

"Higher levels of hope are correlated with better coping skills and higher levels of pain tolerance. For spinal cord injury patients and adolescent burn survivors, those with higher levels of hope showed better coping with the problem, less depression, fewer harmful-to-recovery behaviors, and interacted better with caregivers. Using a cold-pressor test, Snyder and Brown (in Snyder, 2000) found that higher hope correlated positively with less perceived pain and greater endurance for pain. For cancer patients, higher hope was related to greater knowledge and better coping with the disease."

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely piece!!! Admit to wrestling with hope recently. Thank you for this post...xo