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A More Abundant Life; part 1 of 7. Tuesday April 29, 2014

Moodscope offers us a way to track our moods as regularly as we choose. Part of the support structure includes the option to send our daily 'score' to selected 'buddies' who can join us on our journey. Of course a buddy can become a catalyst to help us live our life more abundantly.

As a recipe for this, I return to my biology classes at school. In these I learned that there are seven characteristics of a living organism, seven signs of 'Life':

1. Movement
2. Nutrition
3. Reproduction
4. Excretion
5. Growth
6. Respiration
7. Sensitivity

I think these make a great checklist for a life to the full, so I'm going to do a series of seven blogs highlighting how each one might enrich our experience. First, it's the turn of 'Movement'.

Movement.

There are essentially two directions we can move in – towards something we want, or away-from something we don't want. Tulips grow towards the light, woodlice run away from the light! I'd rather be a tulip than a woodlouse!

One of the more proactive roles a buddy can take on is to help you to move towards the light! Of course, you need to agree what the 'light' is for you. I know my early approach to Moodscope was to move away from the darkness of those darker moods like being scared or afraid (of the dark!) However, it is far more motivating to move towards the 'something' that you would rather have.

My 'light' is 'creativity'. I would rather have more time in my life for creative expression. That's when I'm truly at my most content. My buddy's proactive role then becomes to challenge me to define three movements I could make towards having more time in my life for creativity. These steps could be set up within a certain time frame, and my buddy can then lovingly hold me to account.

(And, if you want to be my buddy, those three steps would be: 1) define a time each week that is my regular, guilt-free, creative time; 2) seek a friend to be creative with; 3) find a showcase for my creativity [e.g. Flickr/Facebook/Pinterest])

So, what would you like to move towards?

Next time...it will be the turn of 'Nutrition' – yummy!

Lex
A Moodscope member.


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http://moodscope.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-more-abundant-life-part-1-of-7.html


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Ginny Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 9:25am

I have asked about having a buddy before but didnt get a reply and dont know how to go about it

Mary Blackhurst Hill Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 9:44am

Hello Lex, I have long suspected that you are my long-lost twin and now I'm even more sure of it. What a fantastic blog and how amazingly useful! I know if I can keep my creativity going through the bad times (like right now - grrrr) it makes everything more bearable and less hopeless. You are a star and you always brighten my day. Thank you.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 9:54am

Hello Ginny. On the welcome page of the moodscope site you will find a list of options. Number 5 is add a buddy where you can input the email address of your chosen buddy/ies.
I have my husband and three close female friends who I know I can rely on to call me when they don't see a score for a couple of days, email me (you may prefer a phone call) if my score is low or worryingly high and generally give me support and encouragement. Only one of these buddies is a Moodscope user herself and I am her reciprocal buddy, It is useful to establish in advance what kind of support you most require and even set some parameters - such as "call me if I'm below 40%" (or whatever your low point is). My buddies know that if I'm low I can't cope with a visit or even a phone call but a supportive email is appreciatively received. It may be different with you. If you have a regular health professional involved, they may find it useful to be a limited buddy, in that it will enable them to monitor how you are and provide useful information in the decision making process over medication etc.
I hope this is useful to you.

Lex McKee Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 9:58am

I'm more than happy with that identity, Mary! Hey World, I'm Mary's long-lost twin - rejoicing in the fact that we are reconnected! Let's keep moving towards our creative freedom twinny!

Thanks also for giving Ginny such clear guidance on how to set up a buddy link.

Adrian Longstaffe Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 11:08am

Thanks for this Lex – great post – looking forward to your thoughts around the other 6. With respect to creativity, your steps reminded me of "The Artists Way" –if you are thinking of getting support around your creativity, this is a fabulous way to go – not only the book but any course is built around the book… Adrian :-)

Lex McKee Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 11:23am

That's a great recommendation, Adrian - thank you.

sensitivesoulsrequiremorebeauty.com Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 11:53am

Like, like, like, like...I'm looking forward to the other six, especially sensitivity. ;o)

Lex McKee Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 12:40pm

Sensitive souls like 'sensitivity'!

Suzy Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 3:03pm

Exactly ;o)

Dande Lion Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 4:47pm

What a great post, thank you. Thanks also for the important reminder that its unhelpful to have any guilt around allowing myself time to be creative. (something which stops me almost always) Maybe i can see it as an essential part of my vitamins of life. I too am looking forward to the blog on sensitivity, as a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person - as defined by Dr Elaine Aaron) That is something else i give myself a hard time for whilst i'm battling to recover. I'm applying for a job this week (after 4 years out of the rat race) and although the salary is far lower than i used to earn, i am reminded by your blog that because it is fairly local, it will enable time to chill and enjoy my evenings too, i could be creative, cook nutritional food (my main weapon against illness) and hopefully return to some normality. thank you. I always enjoy your blogs so much Lex.

Lex McKee Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 5:16pm

Hi Dande Lion (a creative name if ever there was one!) I wonder why so many of us won't allow ourselves to be creative without guilt? I like the metaphor of software. I'm currently on Lex 5.3 and it's still got so many bugs! Occasionally it crashes, but most interestingly is its poor performance when I don't regularly run a creative programme to reset my whole system! I think my owned (deliberate spilling messtook) limiting beliefs can act like computer viruses, and my internal tyrant often runs spyware! I'm hoping the Lex 5.35 revision will be a big improvement. As always, your encouragement works wonders in boosting my system performance. Thank you.

Richard Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 5:34pm

Fine blog, Lex. You have inspired me to go busking again. I will dedicate "El Condor Pasa" to you, changing the first line. Cheers!
Warmest regards,
Richard.

Lex McKee Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 5:38pm

You are the man, Richard, you are the man... and you are spot on the money with the song. I predict a Big Mac out of this... or a riot... (at least!) Have you recorded anything I could listen to? Are you on SoundCloud?

Caroline Ashcroft Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 8:14pm

Thanks for replying to this one Mary and Ginny, I hope having a buddy is of help.

heather Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 9:18pm

Hi Lex, I am that person that says not very intelligent things - well "movement" for me today means just that. Got up at 6 (thought it would kill me) went fast walking with a Group round a beautiful park followed by snack and further walking around. Ended up asleep for an hour but boy, do I feel good after rather a low period. Simple I know, but I need to move more ! Another rather silly remark - your cheeky grin cheers me up and I am going to be seeing a lot of them !

Anonymous Tue, Apr 29th 2014 @ 10:31pm

I love this blog! What brilliant advice - I am going to pin it on my wall and every time I feel like I am stuck in a creative black hole I will read it for inspiration and remember to grow towards the light! Good luck with your creative processes!

Julia Wed, Apr 30th 2014 @ 9:02am

I associate "movement" with body language and physical movement as you have Heather, Oh clever one! But Lex's view is as always that of a lateral thinker. You make us think outside the box Lex and in a witty light hearted way which I know we appreciate, I definitely appreciate in our dark glum Eeyore days.

heather Wed, Apr 30th 2014 @ 9:32am

Julia, I too enjoyed Lex's blog but I guess I am a succour for a quick fix ! Don't think I could keep it up though, and there is nothing more boring than being told to exercise - what a boring blog that would be ! Was just sharing my day - not a lot of lateral thinking going on in this head.

DawnC.Ritchie Wed, Apr 30th 2014 @ 11:05am

Dearest Lex. As your buddy, I challenge you to make and post to me a card this week and I will put it up on my wall at home and take a picture of it to put on my new blog page.
With LOTS of buds, Dawn

Lex McKee Thu, May 1st 2014 @ 9:56am

Hi Heather.... I actually think that's brilliant and exactly what I had in mind. We need to move... literally. And some days that's the victory we need. I remember years ago realising that if you change your position (physically) you tranform your 'postion' psychologically. Unsurprising really given that our body and brain is totally connected! Now I'm thinking of a Pepsi advert for you... Fastwalkingfasttalkingmoodscopingalwayshopingmakemesmiling... Heather x

Lex McKee Thu, May 1st 2014 @ 9:58am

Hey Bud! Sounds like a wise challenge. You shall henceforth be called Budwiser. ;0)

Lex McKee Thu, May 1st 2014 @ 10:00am

"Exercise"! Yuk! Just a little Lexercise instead!

Lex McKee Thu, May 1st 2014 @ 10:01am

Thanks Anon... you've made my day!

heather Thu, May 1st 2014 @ 8:43pm

Oh Lex, I was so glad I came back and saw your comment as I was in no way ignoring your suggestions, far from it, but had just realised acute endorphines for the first time in my life ! very nice too. Haven't managed to repeat it, but still feeling fairly good on it. Am looking forward to "nutrition" and the other 5 ? ingredients for being alive ! I just left a comment saying I felt like an intruder in Moodscope, but now I feel accepted. Thanks (we are such sensitive souls)

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