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L'exercise regime per annum. Monday June 15, 2015

Joined a Gym in January;

Fought the Flab in February;

Managed more Mindfulness in March;

Attitude Adjustment in April;

More Mindfulness in May as My Memory… erm;

Jogged dutifully in June;

Jumped Joyously all July;

Added Additional Attitudinal Adjustments in August… from the Beach;

Sought Solace in Sacred Silence in September;

Ought to do more in October, but didn't;

Not much in November neither;

Decided in December to do January!

I go through "Cycles of Good Intent" – and the cycles continue because I inevitably run out of enthusiasm...or time!

No deep message today save that of, "be gentle with yourself" and "honour the Seasons."

You see, your body is one amazing set of clocks and cycles. Sometimes we attach our commitment to the wrong cycle. For example, we might set a goal for the year ahead whereas we would be kinder and more sensible to think a month ahead. This is the kindness of the Gentle Moon in contrast with the intensity of the Sun.

Even the Sun has Seasons in the Temperate Climates – 90 days is enough. Set a goal for Spring; Another for is here! Like a Fashion House, work on your Autumn/Fall Collection; And remember Winter has it's unique charms.

If you have s-t-r-e-t---c-------h----------e---------------d too far, come back a bit and think, "Is this a goal for a Season? No? How about a Month? No? How about the Week Ahead? No? How about Just For Today?"

And sometimes, just sometimes, the next 90 minutes is enough to cope with.

Loving thoughts from Lex!
A Moodscope member.

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PurpleSuzi Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 7:32am

Just perfectly perfect advice for me at the moment, thank you.
My beloved Mum has just died.
Me & my family move house 2 weeks today.

One step at a time...
One minute at a time.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 7:36am

Dearest Purple Suzi, sending you much love.
Maybe it's OK to play on the double meaning of 'minute' and just hold on to the commitment to take "one minute step" at a time.
Go gently, our hearts are with you.

Hopeful One Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 7:50am

Hi Purplesuzi- my condolences to you. M ay you weather this difficult time with equanimity and remind your self of all the happy times which will make your mourning a little easier to bear.

Hopeful One Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 7:52am

Hi Lex - thanks for that . And write those resolutions down I say . It is surprising how it acts in the subconscious and gives one a sense of direction.

Julia Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 8:05am

I can't believe it I wrote a fairly long reply and when I went to proves I am not a robot, the message disappeared. I know...I should have saved the wretched thing but I didn't. I was saying how much I liked your blog Lex and I said a few profound things lLOL! All lost to the * _* ether. Not sure if I have the strength to rewrite and rethink it all now. It keeps happening! (Obviously this one got through)

Julia Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 8:09am

I loved this Lex. I am not rewriting my previous message which got lost but I do agree we are far too hard on ourselves and the seasons definitely affect my moods. I was talking to someone yesterday who said they liked Autumn and Winter more than Summer; they felt happier in during these seasons.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 8:10am

Same thing happened to me this morning! Cure is to always [Cntl] + [A] to select All and then [Cntl] + [C] to safely copy before you commit to the robot nonsense... then if the ether steals your wisdom, sweet revenge will be yours,
Thanks for persevering Julia. L'xx

Julia Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 8:11am

BTW, I discovered if I press"preview" rather than "publish" first, my message gets through. I have always pressed Publish after robot ticking and don't bother with Preview. I will now.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 8:12am

And one can always go public on Moodscope... difficult to back down then! But I'm always happy to "renegotiate" my commitments when they turn out to be a bit daft. L'xx

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 8:13am

Great insight, Julia. Thanks L'xx

Julia Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 8:14am

Thank you Lex. I am sorry everyone missed out this morning on my words of wisdom. Ha! Lucky escape for you all more like it

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 8:41am

Sending supportive thoughts your way, Purple Suzi. Definitely a time to be easy on yourself. I am so sorry for your loss. Bereavement is very very hard and grief takes longer and is deeper than you expect and will affect you in ways you don't expect. Go gently, dear.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 8:44am

Ha Ha! LOVED this Lex! Just at the moment I am flying, so goals and commitments are easy. But - the moment I drop down again, all that drains away like - well, I will say water down the plug-hole of a bath, but actually down the item of bathroom equipment that normally sits fairly neat the bath (no - not the wash-basin). As you say, seasons. Bless you as ever.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 9:11am

Absolutely, I agree.

Unrelated to this post, but what might be helpful information:

Some months ago an anonymous poster said that he experienced relief from depression if he had just one cup of coffee each morning. I didn't find this believable and dismissed it.

I've just read the results of a study that indicates that a measured amount of coffee can help relieve depression.

Just saying :-) ...and apologies to the original poster for my disbelief. I'm going to give it a go. I don't usually drink coffee, but a cup in the morning seems a good idea...

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 10:38am

Dear PurpleSuzi, very sorry to hear about your mum. I echo the others...bereavement is a rough path. At times the survival mode kicks in and gets you through, other times you lie crushed and wondering how to take the next step. Don't be a stranger. Lean on us. I wish you much strength and peace. Much love from the room above the garage x.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 10:40am

Hello Julia, silently screaming with you! Lovely to see you regardless of how you got here, love ratg x.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 10:46am

Good morning Mr Lex, jeez I loved your blog! I wrote something a little like this (but not as fun...I might have been depressed) a few months ago but didn't send it in. Anyway, I'm one step away from entering my morning torture session. Today I'm ready for it and so all is well. I FULLY agree with matching mood, expectation and seasons though...key for me. I feel something like happy this morning...have no idea why as the weekend wasn't a good one, but I'll just take it and roll around in it i think. It might stick. Love ratg x.

The Entertrainer Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 12:40pm

Sounds like the "Happy Roll-On" - the new Anti-Depressant - and YOU invented it, dear RATG! Stay happy my friend - at least for today, eh?

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 12:41pm

Hi Purple Suzi
So sorry to hear about your loss and the double challenge of moving house ... For me grief is like waves; at times they batter and submerge; at other times they lap gently round your ankles; I found it helpful to see my grief as an expression of love; it made the toughest times a bit easier to live through ...
Wishing you peace of mind and heart ...

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 12:43pm

I'm loving this Lex - thank-you!

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:24pm

I'm an inventor?
I'm an inventor!
Love ratg x.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:24pm

Dearest Purple-Suzi, heartfelt condolences from me too. My dearest Mum died a year ago last Thursday. To the day, last Wednesday...I cried like a baby remembering all she went through in her last weeks, days, hours, minutes and moments. Then I tried to push those saddest moments away by remembering her sense of fun, her independence, how much she was loved. Am in tears again now and those are for you and the pain you will have to pass through, but pass it you will. Remember to laugh at the things that made her happy and smile as you remember her smile and keep talking about her as you pack boxes for your move, she deserves to be remembered and you deserve to allow yourself to cry and laugh and get angry when everything won't fit into those boxes! Have time for yourself and your memories and if others are hurting with kind to each other.
Hope the move goes smoothly. And as others have said...remember we are all here for you, too. Karen x

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:27pm

Really interested in this. I feel utterly dreadful each I have a hangover (but there is no hangover). I've started making myself eat a banana before I leave bed, even though I hate eating at that time. Wonder if it's psychological or physical? Time to get a bedroom kettle and try your idea. Thank you, love from the room above the garage x.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:27pm

Hi Julia... Commiserations for your inspiring words now disappeared! I too, have had this happen...soooo many times, I had to write my replies to Caroline and ask her to add them went on for about a month..grr!
I did try the preview bit first but it didn't always humble apologies to those who deserved an amazing response from me, but never got one!
Karen ;)

Di Murphey Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:30pm

Dearest Lex ~
Your post is ringing my chimes! Inspiring to say the least, and oh! so practical. It occurred to me yesterday that my goal/dream for the year had stalled. I believe it is (perhaps) of mammoth proportions and could use "chunking down" as is taught in neurolinguistic programming (NLP).

And so, with your witty writing freshly read, I now am renogotiating my dream with the universe. Many thanks, dear one.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:30pm

Lol to this lubberly Pom, Lex!! Hilarious as it could have been written by and about so many of us! We really have to be kinder to ourselves.
Cancelled gym membership as I just wasn't using it enough...but in the kinder side of me...I now walk between four and ten miles a day and have a ve ve fit dog! Much cheaperer too! Karen x

Di Murphey Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:32pm

Dearest Purple Suzi ~
My prayers/thoughts/concerns are with you and your loved ones. I am profoundly sorry for the loss of your beloved mother.

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:32pm

Chunking down?? Oh dear Di, a new term for moi!
I have to say I don't skinny dip...I chunky that the same????!!!
Lol Karen x

The Entertrainer Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:33pm

Magic, Karen, just magic xx

The Entertrainer Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 1:38pm

No Karen, it's not the same... but I think you knew that. (Winking at you!)
Chunky dunking a MUST! Tee hee.
Thanks Di for your ongoing, loving encouragement... happy dinky chunks.
So, "Chunking Down" is breaking a task into more manageable-sized, small steps. Here, today, we've been talking about renegotiating the time frame, and Di is wisely renegotiating the size too.
Want to be a Concert Pianist?
Huge goal.
Smaller chunks
a) make space for piano in lounge,
b) buy piano
c) find piano teacher
d) start lessons and
e) learn to read music
f) practice Grade 1 pieces... in public!
And so on...
g) eat lots of KitKat Chunky bars to remind you of how well you've chunked the above and that you need a break once in a while!!!

Julia Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 5:35pm

Mmmm. Kit kat chunky bars. You are a temptress Lex. You know I like these. Tempter doesn't sound right.

Silvia A Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 5:39pm

In the past we have to click just once, now after clicking on publish there are two more steps. Select the identification. Repeat publish and check if it were published. I dislike it. I also lost many comments I've written. : (

Silvia A Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 5:40pm

Just trying your solution, Julia.

Silvia A Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 5:41pm

Trying another way.

The Entertrainer Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 6:11pm

So happy to be a temptress... but then you knew that too! xx

Julia Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 6:19pm

Yes I did!

Hopeful One Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 6:20pm

Hi Guys- I sign in through my googlemail account hence the big G before my moniker and only have to press publish when I am done . I have never had to keep a copy. I do have to remember to default to gmail if I have been cleaning up the computer . A menu pane titled as " reply as gives me several options with Hopeful One at the to of the list.

Caroline Ashcroft Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 9:07pm

Hi all, just to let you know we're working very hard on moving the blog on to the Moodscope site. We already have a blog, but not the facility to add comments. I'd hate you to miss the 'are you a robot' security check though, so I think we might have two installed as I can see it cheers you all up ;-) Caroline

Anonymous Mon, Jun 15th 2015 @ 10:36pm

:-D ^^^ nice one
Love ratg x.

Anonymous Tue, Jun 16th 2015 @ 1:00am

Here's one for all you lovers out there...
Mobile phones are ruining relationships.
Copyright Richard Harrison 2015.

Anonymous Tue, Jun 16th 2015 @ 5:18pm

Hi Lex,
Thank you so much for your L'exercise. It seems to explain to me why sometimes I'm energized and sometimes not so much. I will be gentle with myself and go with the flow knowing that seasons effect us. Thanks again.

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