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Connecting with Your Inner Sunflower. Friday January 29, 2016

I want you to look up from your screen now and see where the light is. Go on... Was it out of the window? Was it the bulb hanging from the ceiling? Or perhaps the only light in your room right now is the one emanating from this screen.

The very presence of light in our lives, whether it be natural or man made, is fundamental to human existence. Although we can survive for long periods of time without it, there is an atavistic core of our being which longs for light because we know it is responsible for giving us life. We know that we need it for warmth, sustenance and, of course, for seeing.

Without light we are blind.

Seasonal Affective Disorder aside, we all suffer in some way from a lack of light during the winter. In my tool box of anti-depressant gems which I have been gathering for myself over the years, light has been one of my life savers: to turn to it when it's there; to create it when it's not there.

When the sun comes out, tilt your face towards it and close your eyes. You'll be surprised how quickly it will lift your mood. And when that light has gone, create your own. I've strung fairy lights from my walls and planted candles around my room which I light religiously at nightfall. They warm my soul when it's dark. They make me feel brighter. I believe that in these moments we are actually collecting light – like a human solar panel – storing it up so that our life-force level doesn't drop too low. So away you go and collect yourself some light! Turn your face towards it like a sunflower. Let it shine on you and keep you alive.

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LillyPet Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 6:17am

Morning Anna,
What a beautiful blog. I was aware of the positive effects of sunlight and daylight. You're so right about other types of light though. How lovely it is to gaze into a fireplace or bonfire and yes candlelight, or fairyligts. it's as if it's good for our souls. Mind and body too. I guess it is, simply because we like it. I hadnt really thought about the deep instinctive lifeforce connection before.
Helping us to see, how much time do we spend with our eyes open but our thoughts taking us elsewhwre? Not looking, seeing or living in the moment.
Everyday on Moodscope one of us sheds light on ideas that help us to see however bright or dark we are feeling, our own campfire! :)
This is a very exciting blog Anna, because it's something very simple, practical and soothing that we can do at anytime. The healing potential would be stronger when it's (or we are) dark. Very restful for the mind just to focus on. Some gentle homemade light "therapy"!
I've always liked the idea of being a sunworshiper but it's not sunny in London pften enough for me! Your blog has made me realise that I can turn towards light at anytime. Thank you for you for this most pr ious of gifts.
Love, light warmth and peace of mind to all. LP xx

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 10:33am

Beautiful reply, Lillypet x

Debs Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 7:39am

What a beautiful blog Anna!! I am up with the larks this morning to go and catch a flight to Tenerife. A long-overdue holiday with my family. I am so looking forward to seeing the sun - to looking up at the sky and letting it's rays sink into my skin!
I love the idea of light being a life force, I'm going to remember that. Perhaps we all need a sack full of life forces - light, good food, energy from exercise, hugs, love, intimate conversation and sleep. It's easy for one to disappear and for the full force of our life to be depleted.
Thank you for sharing this with us, it's given me an early morning lift :-) xxx

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 10:33am

Enjoy that sunshine and warmth...with warming Bear hugs x

Soulmansblue Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 8:17am

Hi, Anna,

A lovely blog. You must be telepathic as I took your advice yesterday. I took my camera and went out as it was a lovely sunny day and took some pictures.

I tried to get my head back on straight. Sadly it didn't work to well, but I got some lovely scenic pictures.

Still not in too good a place, but thanks for all your replies yesterday. It really does help knowing there are [cyber] friends who do care even when we don't know each other personally.

Wednesday night the only thing that kept me in control was creating a picture. Self-portrait kind of thing. It was an idea that I had earlier in the day.

I created a picture using a background that I had created sometime ago and an up to date one of myself. The idea was to create an impression of me coming out of the background into the foreground. It kind of worked.

I put two versions of it yesterday up on Facebook. In one only one part of the picture is as per the original but in the second I have made it all look more unreal. I posted it public so maybe it will go viral. Nah!

Thanks All.


Mary Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 8:54pm

SMB my dear - please connect with some of us on FB. Message us on the Moodscope page and we'll get back and befriend you if that's appropriate for you. I find that every strand of connection helps.

Soulmansblue Sat, Jan 30th 2016 @ 8:35am

I Mary, Thanks sweetheart, I never thought of that. that would be really great. I'll get in touch straight after I come off the Blog. Moods up by 8% today and I'm actually in a slightly better place. My replacement tripod for my camera has arrived. Just got to go and pick it up. Best SMB

Soulmansblue Sun, Jan 31st 2016 @ 8:12am

I've done as you suggested Mary, thanks. SMB

Angela Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 8:56am

Lovely blog and comments, very apt too as it's very dull here today. One of my 'tools' against depression is a light box, I don't 'feel better' after using it but if i forget for a couple of days I REALLY know about it. Gentle hugs all x x x

Leah Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 9:39am

Anna, What a delightful blog.
I am assuming you live in the northern hemisphere because in the southern hemisphere there is so much light and sun we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer
That aside, light is good and helpful in small doses. Thanks again for your helpful advice.

Anonymous Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 10:07am

Lovely blog Anna. I am affected by the lack of sun and always try to get some winter sun if I can. It's been a particularly depressing Autumn and Winter here weather wise in the South East of England and my mood hasn't been too great. And we moved down to this part of the country for the sun! When we drove to Spain recently, I could feel my spirits lifting when we got to Carcassonne and the sky was clear and the sun warm. It was almost a physical feeling of lightness! Jul x

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 10:37am

Super, beautifully written blog, Anna. When walking doggit each day, I try to go where I can get the most sun in the winter...following the same paths as during the summer, but in the summer months, my face is away from the sun's harmful rays...and now, during the winter, I try to get as much sunshine on me as possible...makes for a warm and cosy Bear x
Ps...many fangs for the comments yesterday x x x

Brum Mum Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 1:20pm

I love the idea of an inner sunflower. We all need to find light in our lives to keep going, especially during this time of year. I have just walked back in my house after getting the car serviced, drawn the curtains open and turned to my two house plants. I had an amaryllis for Christmas which has grown tall and now has beautiful flowers. I also have a jasmine bought for £3 in the sale. It will soon be put out in the garden as a climber but has brought flowers and scent into my little house. I find that,as well as light, plants indoors help cheer me up in this rather dark month and give me hope that things will improve. Thank you for your blog.

Anna Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 5:47pm

Thank you so much all of you for your lovely de-lightful comments!x

The Gardener Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 6:52pm

Your post, Anna, has added agony to the continuing horror of last night. Mr TG has sight problems, BUT the specialist says he can only be harmed by strong sunlight. I have a series of lights which I try to use with every respect to his sight and lack of logic. He'll wear sunglasses and a visor at night and complain he can't see to eat. All the afternoon he has had top lights on which he professes to hate, no visor or glasses. The absolute hell of this illness, he has no idea what he wants but looks straight at the only light I have shining on my work and grumbles aggressively. Eating out is a no-no, so much fuss created about restaurant lights. What sun we have had is low, of course - I have to rush to shut the curtains to avoid the slightest gleam of sunlight. It's been a dark, worrying and a very sad winter stuck in stygian gloom. Our next house has a tiny roof terrace, gets sun nearly all day long - and my 'annexed' garden has lovely afternoon and evening sun. Our doctor, seen last night, reckons I'm going to be ill very soon, deprived of light and social life. But I will search out light - and, what I've tried not to face up to, Mr TG will HAVE to resort to his own devices - I am doing everything I can to make the next house safe for him. What DO you do, when, sleeping the sleep of the exhausted, one's husband wakes you up to say you've got a lot to do! I need rays of hope and light, and to cling to the REAL facts, what I am doing for us both is going well, I've made the right decisions and the results are lovely.

Mary Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 8:57pm

Oh Gardener - I feel for you. I am sending you virtual rays of sunshine, which I hope will reach into your spirit. Thanks as always for your outpourings here. I almost feel I am with you in your lovely home - even in the stygian gloom!

Mary Fri, Jan 29th 2016 @ 8:57pm

Anna - great blog. My favourite flower is the sunflower!

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