The Buddhist concept of hopelessness means to look to the present as it is instead of looking to the past or future with fear or hope. It asks us to be with what is, as it is. To do this, we must cultivate feelings of neutrality and equanimity. Being with what is means that:
- We allow our present moment experience without judgement.
- We notice our thoughts, feelings, and sensations as an observer.
- We release attachment to making things different.
- We notice our emotional response with kindness and curiosity.
- We allow ourselves to feel how we feel without self-criticism or attachment.
- We recognize the transient nature of our experience.