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Finding Hope in Hopeless Times How can we Help?

These last few weeks have been strange and extraordinarily challenging, and have given rise to a whole range of intense emotions, most of them dark and difficult. Many people feel depressed, frightened and alone, and feel like there is nothing they can do about it.

Such feelings and reactions are normal and natural, but they are absolutely not necessary. In fact, there are easy, effective and enormously healthy techniques that you, or anybody, can utilize right now to bring balance and perspective, hope and happiness, back to your mind and your life.

“We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

You may well feel a deep sadness about what's happening in the world, loneliness and restlessness in this curfew situation, and anger at whatever authorities allowed this to happen in the first place, not to mention the authorities who now, with perhaps the best of intentions, are so severely curtailing our work and social lives and our basic liberties.

But most of all you probably feel fear – about your own and your family's health and well-being, about keeping focused on school, getting through finals and completing your coursework, about how long the current restrictions will last and whether they might even get more severe, about losing touch with friends, about keeping sane and not slipping into depression, about being alone.

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” – Confucius

It is quite important to understand, though, that you really are not alone. We are all feeling these same things. We are all afraid and angry and confused. Most of us, suddenly alone in our homes, feel trapped and lonely. We have lost the networks and social interactions we would normally use to help us process these feelings and put them into healthy context, as well as the friends, diversions and activities we normally use to keep us from being so stuck in our own minds.

It turns out, though, that the mind is actually our very salvation. The truth is that you cannot control the world around you, but you can – quite easily, in fact – control your mind. Indeed, that same mind which may now seem so dark and hopeless is actually meant to be your best friend, your solace in that darkness, your hope in that hopelessness.

Right now your mind is more than likely focused mostly on the negative. But what if you could return that mind to a proper and lasting balance, to the point that you may never again get lost in either despair or, for that matter, false optimism, but rather dwell in the middle, in the naturally hopeful and happy functionality of true and proper perspective?

"Choose people who lift you up." - Michelle Obama

Here we get into simple, ancient philosophies and practices around meditation, mindfulness and hypnosis. Hypnosis in particular can provide us with an extremely direct, fast and effective way to raise our spirits, clarify our mind and provide the proper perspective and balance we so desperately need in times like these – indeed, at any time, now and in the future.

I have been so blessed in being able to devote my life and my career to helping people in this way, and I know that now, in this particularly challenging time, I can help like never before. My own mind is, even right now, clear and bright. I am not in denial and I am not deluding myself. I am perfectly aware of what is happening in the world, and I too am feeling fear and sadness and the whole gamut of emotions. But my mind is not lost in them, is not out of control, is balanced and realistic and healthy.

And your mind can be too. You can feel better right now, and I can show you how. I am offering remote classes and individual sessions for anybody and everybody who wants to return to the true human condition – that of balance, hope and happiness, focus, motivation and effectiveness.

With simple techniques, including guided positive imagery, positive affirmations mindful breathing, visualization and self-hypnosis, you can see things change straight away. Many of these techniques work on a deeper mental level, and you will see that your mind automatically goes to certain positive ideas, affirmations and reminders again and again, and thus naturally opts for reality, clarity and balance, for hope, motivation and action rather than hopelessness and despair.

These subconscious processes combine with conscious practices for an extremely powerful and lasting effect. Not only will you feel better as a result, you will find that your mind becomes more clear, focused and effective, your schoolwork improves, and that you feel more enthusiastic, motivated and productive on many different levels. This process can even help you give up unhealthy habits, and will certainly provide a much more positive alternative than smoking, drinking, drugs or other dysfunctional escapes.

“We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage.” - MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Things will certainly improve. The world will soon heal and move on, and we will all feel better. But now, while things are still difficult, I hope that some of us might realize a deeper truth – that the natural, actual and abiding human condition is one of stability, hope and happiness.

Sessions are available right now, and so you can begin, and begin to feel a difference, immediately. To learn more, please contact joyce@metropolismanagement.com

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. -- Hippocrates

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