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A Manifesto for a Life to the Full. Monday April 24, 2017

Movement, nutrition, reproduction, excretion, growth, respiration, sensitivity are the seven characteristics of a Living Organism. Using these seven characteristics, you can accelerate your journey towards more of a life of abundance in seven straightforward steps:

1. Make sure you're moving towards a specific and motivating destination. Have a compelling vision of the future that gives you hope and that has milestones that can be measured.

2. Be conscious of the nutritional choices you make. Is your soul-food as good as the decisions you make about eating healthy natural food? Where do you get your energy from? How could you get more energy? Do you have any energy-vampires that need to be excluded from your life? How about any mood-hoovers that you could switch off?

3. What are your unique gifts and talents that would benefit being installed in others? How could you reproduce these skills and abilities in others? What can you teach? Who wants to be taught it?

4. How good are you at dealing with the excretion of set-backs, waste, and disappointment? How could you become more resilient? What did you learn from your last set-back?

5. In which ways are you growing the most? In which areas would you like to grow the most? What's the first physical action step to get you on the path to growth? What stunts your growth?

6. Do you think you have achieved a good balance of give-and-take, of giving-and-receiving? This is respiration in Nature, and an important part of feeling truly alive. You must find a purpose to give yourself too, but you must also find the flow of resources to keep you being able to give.

7/ On a scale of 1-100, how sensitive would you rate yourself as when it comes to understanding yourself? How would you rate your understanding of others?

Improving the momentum of your movement towards what you want, increasing the energy you get into your life though the right 'nutrition', reproducing more of your excellence in your team, family, and community, learning to deal rapidly and effectively with set-backs, growing more sustainably and rapidly, taking your giving and receiving up a level, and becoming more accurately and acutely sensitive to yourself, those around you, and your environment - all these add up to living life more abundantly.

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Orangeblossom Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 7:10am

Thanks for the blog Lex with your well structured pointers about how to get the best out of each day. Hope that you have a good week ahead. All good wishes

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 1:16pm

Thanks, Orangeblossom! I hope those of us who are in the parts of the world where it is Spring are finding it helps lift our mood. I sincerely don't remember the bluebells and clematis being this beautiful before... then there are buttercups and daisies and the wisteria is blooming too. Have a blooming great week! (And I shall be looking out for Orange Blossom!

Vintagecool Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 7:37am

I like this ... but I am sure I have seen it somewhere in a different form

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 8:52am

Yes you have, Vintagecool. It's my 'Signature Message' which I revisit from time to time. Here's the latest incarnation of the video that goes with it:

LP Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 7:38am

Morning Lex,
Your topical title gave me a much needed smile :)
I liked the new ways of thinking about what our basic needs are. A manifesto that I would vote for!
Well wishes to you and all. LPxx

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 9:02am

Hi LP, yes, it's a vote for Life - a Life to the full!!! Of course, you'd be voting for yourself really - this is all about you enjoying that rare gift of consciousness. For me, the gift of consciousness has often been a curse, but being amongst a sea of bluebells this weekend really shifted something! - is the video I made for this blog. Pictures of the bluebells are on Flickr here: (there's more than this picture, but it'll give you an idea!) xx

Jul Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 8:45am

Hi Lex. Nice to see you back and I hope you had a good break over Easter. It's good to be reminded of all this, how important balanced eating is for example. The question of how resilient I am is a difficult one right now. I don't feel resilient and am having to dig deep to change my natural thinking on how to overcome certain set backs. This is what gets me about set backs caused largely by others. It's us who have to change to deal with them. I have almost become a different personality in order to move on. I was quite happy as I was thank you very much! But maybe, if I was a bit more resilient , these set backs wouldn't affect me so much. Who knows! You have given me much to ponder over. Jules xx

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 8:54am

Hi Jules, I think I have just finished writing a blog just for you. I'm sure a version of it will appear on Moodscope but I think this is even more timely for you today. xxx

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 8:55am

Also, it sounds like you're having to temporarily flex your personality. I'm sure the you-you-like-most will return xxx

Jul Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 9:01am

Thnaks Lex. I never thought of that. That I would return to my normal self. Great thinking.I'll look at your other blog. Jules xx

Dragonfly Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 9:45pm

Jul I'm struggling with similar feelings right now; that the 'me' I always am wasn't right or good enough for a particular person. I tried to conform but then lost myself completely. I'm working hard now, using meditation and focusing on what's good in my life to find myself again - the person I was originally who my 'friend' liked but sought to control and manipulate. Never change for anyone Jul, but do what is right for you to move on. That might mean revising how you perceive or think about things, but not changing the essence of who you are x

Dragonfly Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 9:48pm

Lex I've read the blog you recommended to Jul - very timely thank you as is your manifesto x

Jul Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 9:01am

Wise words Dragonfly. I too had a similar experience with one person in particular. A domineering person who only wanted what was right for him. I tried to conform too but in the end my true self surfaced thank goodness (eventually with the help of a trusted friend). However I feel I wasted 9 years trying to be someone, another person wanted me to be! I did what was right to move on but had it not been for the rescue from this friend, I might still be wasting my life. I sincerely hope not. Thank you for your help Dragonfly and I wish you well. Julxx

Dragonfly Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 9:20am

Thank you Jul but I feel far from wise right now! I feel I've wasted 7 years on this person and I'm struggling with feelings of resentment, anger, hurt the whole lot - even though rationally I knew it was a damaging 'friendship' My dad of all people, who is not generally into anything very progressive, bought me a book on karma. While I can't agree with it all, it has really helped me with understanding. I wish you well too x

Anonymous Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 1:59pm

Jul & Dragonfly: A late reply which may seem trite. Remind yourselves if you can (image of red and white striped, tall floppy hat here...) of the words of Dr Seuss, author of The Cat in The Hat. ‘Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.’ I urge you both to be true to yourselves ‘….because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.’ Go well.

Dragonfly Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 2:35pm

Thank you anonymous, this is true. I lost myself and I feel so desperately sad and hurt. I feel I can't run far enough away because I'll always be there x

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 8:53am

Hi Moodscopers, there's a video that is a part of this blog, if you'd like to see me getting excited about life in the midst of the most beautiful bluebell wood I've ever seen!

Jul Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 9:05am

Lovely. I haven't watched it all but the first few minutes are just great. Will resume viewing later. Jules xx

The Gardener Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 10:35am

Hi Lex, I've just written a blog on 'targets'. Please tell me how to overcome the following, then get some sort of life. One of our nuns calls Mr G 'The Pasha' due to the degree of luxury she always finds him in. At Respite he is often called 'Infernal'. Some nurses say to him 'You're crucifying your wife'. He is 'demanding' when he stays in hospital. Our GP tells him he is driving me into a mental institution. Morning nurses say he is 'hard work'. Our children say he is a 'wind-up merchant' 'manipulative' 'attention seeking'. So, Lex, your manifesto can't really apply to me. All I can do, and have been doing it all morning, is make sure that EVERYTHING I do is done to the best of my ability. My 'old' garden (house for sale) needed watering, we have a drought. In everybody's opinion, despite being cared for at a distance, it is a joy, because of the design and choice of plants. My temper is awful - trying to control it - but lack of sleep and continual harrassment is taking a toll.

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 1:19pm

Hi The Gardener. I've often thought that if this 'stuff' can work for you in the midst of your daily challenges, then it has proved its worth. It is seasonal though. Growth, for example, doesn't happen in all seasons - though I am confident that Spring can come again for you. In the meantime, there is much to face, and I wouldn't minimise or trivialise that. "Lack of sleep and continual harassment is taking a toll." - this, I understand...

The Gardener Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 2:44pm

Thanks Lex - No 6, is, obviously, one way traffic. 7, I have learned my limitations - and living with a slowed down life leaves me about 7/100. The awful 'list' is almost a self-defence, guilt lessener - if that is how my O/H is seen to others, then, with that sort of challenge, I can do no more than I do now.

the room above the garage Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 10:40am

Hello Lex, I think I have 2 and 3 covered. As for the rest...oh boy. It's a great reminder of where my head is not and encouragement to where it might be better off! I really, really need to address some of this as I know I exist and try to keep my mood afloat rather than live. I'm needing to cry today, I feel it like a balloon ready to pop and that will clear the path for a start. Imagine writing 'have a cry' on a to-do list. But it needs done! In the meantime, some work to deal with. Thank you my friend, food for thought, and a starting point too. Breathe in. And out. All is well. Love ratg x.

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 1:22pm

Hi Ratg, part of being sensitive is hearing feedback from friends and I sincerely think you've got more than 2 and 3 covered... For example, the continuous encouragement you give us all is a great example of having some of point 6, respiration, covered. I appreciate the exchanges we have. As for having a cry, I think that's essential at times. Love, hug and x

Dragonfly Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 9:57pm

Dear Ratg, Lex is right in pointing out your sensitivity as being so supportive to others here - I'm a grateful beneficiary of your kindness. I did respond very late to a recent blog of yours that it's lovely to see you back I think you sadly lost your Granny recently but had happy memories of her to draw on. I think 'have a cry' on your to list is cathartic and perfectly acceptable! x

the room above the garage Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:45pm

I'm late back to this but oh...beautiful replies and thank you both! Xxx

Adrian Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 10:48am

Great video Lex. What a signature.
Nature analogy works a treat.
A x

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 1:23pm

Thanks, Adrian! It was an inspirational location! x

Vickie Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 12:35pm

Hi Lex,
Great blog and the nature video is beautiful. I've made great strides towards moving towards things that bring me peace and joy. Now working on reducing the time to recover from set backs. You've given me inspiration:)

Lex Mon, Apr 24th 2017 @ 1:24pm

Hi Vickie, this is such an encouragement to hear - thank you, and I wish you every success in accelerating the time it takes to recover from set backs.

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