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The Beauty of I Am. Monday June 3, 2013

I love old movies. Charlton Heston in "The Ten Commandments" was brilliant. I like it when he stands before the burning bush and hears the bush make the statement: "I Am..." And that leads me to one of the most important phrases in my life and anybody else's life. What comes after the words "I Am..." really defines us.

The Moodscope cards give us an opportunity to recognise when "I am distressed" or "I am jittery" as a vital means to take our daily pulse. However, it also gives us a chance to
recognise ten magnificent states of mind:

I Am Strong.
I Am Excited.
I Am Alert.
I Am Determined.
I Am Enthusiastic.
I Am Active.
I Am Attentive.
I Am Proud.
I Am Inspired.
I Am Interested.

I believe there is a huge amount of positivity to be released when we say these out loud to ourselves, and sometimes in front of others. Of course most of them need some content or context. For example, "I am determined to take three positive action steps today" or, "I am inspired by the poem I am writing" or, "I am really interested in the history programme that's on tonight."

Moving forward is often about catching ourselves getting things right...and having positive "I Am" statements is a great way to feel great.

Are you going to give it a go? I Am!

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Julia Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 @ 12:58pm

I like your last sentence Lexi, the part which says.."moving forward is often about catching ourselves getting things right..."
I love those moments when we realise we have got something right despite feeling low; it can lift the spirits no end.
I tend not to put the cards in context but think of them as general ways of feeling that day. I may put them in context as you suggest one day and see what score I get.

Ron_Gs Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 @ 1:55pm

Reading this post has filled my day with a positive energy.
Coming in to work I realized I forgot to mail my paystub the Friday prior. smh
Well . . . I Am Calm. I Am Alert. I Am Enthusiastic.
whew! Almost blew the day with that one.

Anonymous Tue, Jun 4th 2013 @ 8:19pm

I LOVE this!

Lamyrus Wed, Jun 5th 2013 @ 8:06am

This just springs to mind: I_Am_sterdam
I know its a slogan but went last weekend to see the new Rijksmuseum and on the square behind the museum stands this huge three word slogan wit "I am in" red lettering.
It was almost impossible to take a photograph of it without people. So I went to the backside of the lettering and shot a picture.
At home I mirrored the photo and send it to a friend of mine who works for this advertising board. She thought it was brilliant.
So I am taking pictures the good way round.

Victoire Wed, Jun 5th 2013 @ 8:22am

this is a creative way of readdressing the cards, and i shall have a go when i do my next test (not done in ages actually). but for me, positive affirmations have never worked, i think because my inner critic pops up and loudly denounces what I've just said - and although I'm learning ways of turning the volume down on this voice, its one I've had since I was very young, and embedded in my psyche... I can challenge it gently but making bolder statements like these will be shot down in flames! however, I am grateful for the idea and will have a go, even if its about recognising the cards that score higher (on a better day).

Sarah Wed, Jun 5th 2013 @ 8:44am

I always find it better not to think that I am anything other than me - I am not an emotion postive or negative that is passing through my mind at any point in time. I may feel them but they are not me. How can I be hunger,I can feel it but am not it. If I tell myself I am something its much harder not to react based on that persumption, if I am just feeling something I can either encourage it to stay or encourage it to leave but knowing that a negative emotion is not me and just passing thorugh my mind and will move on is something I can hang onto on bads days.

Victoire Wed, Jun 5th 2013 @ 12:35pm

Thanks for this Sarah. You sound like the book I am currently reading The Reality Slap by Russ Harris, where he also encourages us not to label our moods as either good or bad, but to instead observe them as passing states, not defining us. I find this very hard as tend to become the feeling I have (or the thought), but I do think he's onto something... its a liberating way to be, and enables you to move through the world lightly, instead of wading through it as it often feels to me! I'm curious to know if you have done any Acceptance Commitment Therapy or read books on it? or did you just come to this point in your own way (which would be most impressive).

Dougal Wed, Jun 5th 2013 @ 12:48pm

Thanks for this Sarah. It provides an opportunity to discuss the cards titles. I find the Moodscope very helpful and have used it for about three years, but would like one other negative as it often effects my mood and that is "I am tired". This may not be due to my mood but other outside influences. Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 7:24am

Thank you for encouraging me, Julia - that's a little of catching myself connecting with someone else - something I value highly. Frankly, I use the Moodscope system because I need to, and you've elevated my score today! Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 7:38am

Oh Ron,great to share. I think things don't happen for three main reasons: "I forgot" (as you mentioned here), "I ran out of time" and "I misunderstood". For me, when my Moods roll down the slopes of my emotional topography rather than up to the heights, I find the mental chatter causes so much static that it is hard to think, and therefore hard to remember. Pausing and making even a few positive "I Am" statements brings focus back again... and I fell into an ambiguous one the other day that really made me smile (you reminded me of this happy accident. Once I said, "I Am Calm, I Am Becoming Calmer..." And that reminded me that whether or not there is any truth in Karma - the word sounds like "Calmer" - enough at least to bring a smile to my day! Maybe we can 'create' good Karma, Calmer-Karma for ourselves? Since that time, I often say to myself, "I Am Calm, I Am Becoming Calmer..." and grin like a child again! Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 7:39am

And kind comments like yours, make it ALL worthwhile... thank you! Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 7:41am

Brilliant! Can you share? Do you have a Flickr or Tumblr account? I'd love to see it, Lamyrus... Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 7:51am

Dear Victoire, I SO understand the inner critic - and mine has been so LOUD over the years. Different concepts work for different people, we must find our own best way, but for me I love French so much that I have learned to repeat what my inner critic says, in a very attractive French accent (in my mind of course!) This makes me smile, and takes the sting out of the criticism. I've chosen to believe that my inner critic actually is a good friend who doesn't communicate very well. I'm sure my inner critic is trying to help, so giving it a second chance in a French accent works (sometimes!!!)
ASDA's own healthy bacteria yoghurt drink is called, "Inner Defence". I think the idea is that the good bacteria begin to outweigh the harmful ones in our tummies... and this is how I see the "I Am" statements. The Inner Critic is noisy, so I also need to build up my Inner Defence with at least an equal number of positive statements. Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 7:59am

I've believed for years that "whatever gets my attention, gets me"... and that "what I resist, persists!" So I really like what Sarah has begun here in response to Victoire, and Dougal has inspired me too with the all-to-real experience of the "I am tired" state/ment. The comfort to me is in the sure knowledge that when I am feeling tired or feeling ill, I can absolutely lose myself in an engaging movie. When the movie finishes, the awareness of the feeling of tiredness or illness returns, but while my attention shifted, my feelings followed. Thus, I often ask myself, "where is your attention?" And when it is in a very unhelpful area, I pop into the garden and looks at the way nature adjusts with the seasons. It helps me refocus my attention.

Victoire Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 8:37am

just read this leximckee thankyou for responding... its funny but your mention of French accent made me smile, in memory of my beloved mother who used to say "courage!" in a French accent. it sounds so much richer than in ordinary English accent... Lovely to have that unexpected image of her suddenly on a grey June morning! But I think you've pinpointed something useful here. Giving your inner critic a different voice is a way of seeing it afresh. My therapist used to say I was always trying to get rid of my inner critic (or I feared my inner critic was trying to get rid of me!) yet in his view, it was actually trying to protect me. It may not be helpful but its intention is good. Taken with this in mind, its easier to hear it, and observing it in more detached way, less accusatory or punishing maybe? I shall certainly try the French accent! Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 4:32pm

Dear Victoire, for me the frame transforms the picture. If French doesn't work (though I think it will for you, bearing in mind this wonderful memory of your beloved mother, n'est pas?), then changing other aspects can have an impact too. The pitch, the speed, the accent, the volume, the location (near or far). We seem to inhabit "Psychological Space" and where we place concepts in that space has an impact. I love chocolate, and when I think of it, it is always close to me and big. Doing my accounts is not 'viewed' with the same love... so it's often way off in my perception - as far away as possible. I can change my feelings and perceptions of a subject by playing with how I represent it in my mind. Isn't the mind a strange thing?! Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 4:34pm

Dear Friends, I've begun work on a screen-saver type poster today to keep the positive "I Am" Statements in sight, in mind, rather than out of sight, out of mind. The link is here:

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