Sweet Anticipation

“Cultivate the inspiration and the anticipation that your life is a divine unfoldment. Know that greater good, beyond your current knowledge, is right now coming your way.”

~Yogacharya O’Brian

Most would agree that 2020 was an extraordinary year unlike any other in our lifetime. Given the global pandemic, loss of life, political unrest, environmental decay, and the call for racial justice we have had to rely on our inner resources to see our way through this period of collective darkness. Today, many are experiencing a glimmer of hope.

A dear friend once asked me how we maintain hope given the conditions in our world. After a brief pause, I shared that we have no other option. For if we were to lose hope, we would not have anything worthwhile to pass down to our children and future generations.

Amanda Gorman, an American poet and activist, shared these most beautiful words in her most recent work “The Hill We Climb”.

“For there is always light,
If only we’re brave enough to see it,
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

As a verb, the definitions of hope include “expect with confidence” and “cherish a desired outcome with anticipation.” Hope implies a certain amount of positivity and a belief that we can achieve great things.

From a Yogic perspective, the basic laws of karma support this view of optimism. Translated from its Sanskrit root, karma simply means “action”— that which we say, do, or think. The teachings around karma remind us that the seeds we plant today give rise to that which occurs in the future. However, we cannot separate our individual karma from the collective.

As we awaken, we have the power to create a world of unity, harmony and beauty. Plant seeds of hope wherever you go and be watchful for new blossoms. With sweet anticipation, hold the vision in your mind and move forth with clarity and ease. For, our future depends upon it.

Rev. Julie Hitchcock