Hope and mindfulness Published Nov. 25, 2019 By Command Chief Rob Safley 301st Fighter Wing Against all odds: How can you hold tight to that feeling of hope when you are overwhelmed? Feeling like there is no hope is one of the most challenging emotions to manage...especially when you cannot sense how close it really is. All of us face challenging times, and we all have moments when all hope seems to be lost. It's there though! Here are some keys to finding and residing in hope: 1. Remember the things you have done thus far; keep a running list...you'll be amazed 2. Surround yourself with optimism; ditch negative thoughts and relationships 3. Get inspired; read a book & listen to music (I am told it's impossible to be unhappy and listen to reggae) 4. Get outside; nature is cathartic 5. Be savage; take the first step and know challenges are opportunities in disguise In the present: Mindfulness a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. It also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing that there's a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.