Catherine Ingram: Why Courage is Better than Hope

Catherine Ingram: Why Courage is Better than Hope
Does 'hope’ have the potential to do more harm than good?

Courage & Hope

Catherine Ingram has been thinking a lot about courage and hope. So much so that the founder of Living Dharma has had a complete change of mind about the word hope. Courage, she now believes, is what the world needs more.

It is not to say that there is definitely no cause for hope in this world but rather that we cannot know or assume that things are going to work out and therefore hope may simply be false hope.

She also warns against falling into magical thinking and instead encourages us to accept the ‘suchness’ of life.

I have come to a phase in my life when the Taoist perspective has a great appeal. Things are as they are. I simply see the ‘suchness’ of life’s unfolding without any sense that it has to be, or even can be, directed in any way.

Of course, knowing the difference between what should and can be changed, and what can’t, requires great wisdom and discernment.

Listen here to Catherine Ingram explain dharma resilience.

About Our Guest:

Catherine Ingram is a spiritual teacher, author of In The Footsteps of Gandhi and Passionate Presence, and founder of Living Dharma.

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Caron Lee
5 years ago

I listen to your words Sam and am compelled to suggest that when you need – you stay in need. Perhaps you can create the life you want, whether it is similar to what it was or a new vibrant creation and then focus your attention on creating it. This takes courage and it takes being clear about what you want.

5 years ago

I AM LOSING HOPE My journey has been long and I find emptiness in my sole. I need to become what I once was. Whole, abundent,cheerful,at peace with myself. Whee did I go. Lost and confused, my strengths are hidden, life offends me.

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