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The Times They Are A Changing. Saturday July 23, 2016

The U.S. is in crisis. Senseless gun violence, especially in my city of Chicago. There is no consensus on how to solve the problem. Our election process has been a complete circus. It's like our nation is going through a total shift in consciousness, somewhat akin to the 60's.

Truth be told though - I haven't paid much attention to the news. It's been background chatter to me as I have been struggling with my own issues. Then I read this quote yesterday from Elie Wiesel: "The opposite of love is not hate. It's indifference." That stopped me cold. I was removing myself from participating in the world around me to focus on myself, but in doing so I forgot what I was supposed to be working on: compassion.

I don't want to get into the Facebook arguments but I do want to be a part of the change.

I have been having a lot of health issues lately - shoulder & back pain, now a nagging cough - and I am trying to view them symbolically because it is the only thing that helps me make sense of things. The areas that are giving me issue fall in the fourth and fifth chakras - for those that follow these things - and correspond to living my life truthfully, honestly, and forgiving myself. And I'm seeing that being played out on a national scale too. Compassion for all human lives. Living honestly. Forgiving those around us.

We as a nation are imploding. But that may be a good thing. Like my aches and pains the violence that is facing us daily cannot be ignored. We must change. But in this pain is a real opportunity to grow. There are many people in this country who wish to hide behind a 200+ year old document to justify holding on to old world beliefs and prejudices. But there are also many, including myself, who believe common sense and compassion will prevail. This country is in crisis but I feel the healing is beginning.

Lexi
A Moodscope Member

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Hopeful One Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 7:39am

Hi Lexi- its great to read a view from across the Pond.I follow the USA news and am totally baffled that a nation that is a leader in virtually every field is unable to see that the easy availability of lethal weapons to a civilian is not related to the gun violence that you mention to do something about it.Is that what you you were thinking about when you mention the 200 yr document - the USA constitution?

Having said that the Joke Squadron realises it has ventured beyond its remit- so here is a joke with a USA flavour.

A pilot was flying a small single engine charter plane, with a couple of very important executives on board. He was coming into Seattle airport through thick fog with less than 10 m visibility when his instruments went out. So he began circling around looking for a landmark.A small opening in the fog appeared and he saw a tall building with one guy working alone on the fifth floor. The pilot banked the plane around, rolled down the window and shouted to the guy "Hey, where am I? The solitary office worker replied "You're in a plane." The pilot rolled up the window, made a 275 degree turn and proceeded to execute a perfect blind landing on the runway of the airport 5 miles away. Just as the plane stopped the engine as the fuel had run out. The passengers are amazed and one asks how he did it. "Simple" replied the pilot, "I asked the guy in that building a simple question. The answer he gave me was 100 percent correct but absolutely useless, therefore that must be Microsoft's support office and from there the airport is just a while away."

Night Owl Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 9:51pm

Lol! Thanks for the joke, HO, needed that!

Orangeblossom Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 9:13am

Hi Lexi, to clarify are you saying that any crisis can act as a catalyst for change. Sometimes I look at our war torn world & the political crisis in Britain & USA & then feel tempted to give into despair. Thanks for the joke Hopeful One it cheered me up, giving me a sense of hope. I can resist the despair.

Orangeblossom Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 9:13am

Hi Lexi, to clarify are you saying that any crisis can act as a catalyst for change. Sometimes I look at our war torn world & the political crisis in Britain & USA & then feel tempted to give into despair. Thanks for the joke Hopeful One it cheered me up, giving me a sense of hope. I can resist the despair.

Orangeblossom Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 9:14am

Hi Lexi, to clarify are you saying that any crisis can act as a catalyst for change. Sometimes I look at our war torn world & the political crisis in Britain & USA & then feel tempted to give into despair. Thanks for the joke Hopeful One it cheered me up, giving me a sense of hope. I can resist the despair.

Benjamin Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 2:06pm

As a small but not so small point, the political point being made is not necessarily acceptable to all here. The scope of that argument is deep, wide, and profound; and best not made here. Certainly deriding peoples' values as prejudices is problematic.

Silver hair young heart Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 2:50pm

Lexi, I agree with Benjamin. I live in Central Illinois and disagree with all you wrote! I believe in the constitution my father fought for your rights. Common sense went out with this President that thinks gun control is done by taking our guns away. It is those behind the guns who don't own them legally who are killing others. My husband and I are very aware of all sides of this election to vote for our next President out of truth. With the multiple ailments I have and this year finding out BPD and PTSD added to my years of painful ailments and watching, reading does intensify my pain but I want to know be able to vote my conscience and be proud to make changes right where I live and for my grandchildren.

Tutti Frutti Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 3:22pm

Hi all
It seems you have stirred up some strong political feelings Lexi. I have just finished a lunch of buttoning my lip while my mother in law was giving her views on British politics. I like OrangeBlossom's suggestion that any crisis can act as a catalyst for change and also appreciated today's joke.

I have only just caught up with the blogs for the last couple of days and was obviously concerned about RATG. So if you are reading I am sending hugs. I think it is worth trying to see the doctor again but perhaps try and see a different one from last time. Just because one medication didn't work it doesn't mean none of them would. Eg Prozac doesn't work for me but venlafaxine does. And there may be things other than medicine the doctor can arrange. In my experience there's usually been an unhelpfully long waiting list for counselling on the NHS but it's still probably worth going if offered.
Lots of love
TF x

Otir Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 3:28pm

Hi Lexi, very good to read your blog today. I, too, am on that side of the pond, and I do not agree with Benjamin and Silver hair young heart that we should jump on the political point that you made as a good reason to start a Facebook-like argument and discard all the rest of your post that you very eloquently presented.

I believe that we are all able to have civil discourse about our fears and our pains and our beliefs, and not lash out in talking points that actually are only rehashed from what the news are feeding us one way or another.

I am surprised that the previous commentators, Benjamin and Silver Hair, you did not try to relate to Lexi first because of the commonality that we have beeing here, struggling with mental issues first and then all having opinions, beliefs, histories, backgrounds, values, passions, language, skin color, ethnicity, religion, families, socio-economic circumstances that may be different and explain - or not - how we build our core values and apply them to our growth as human beings.

I am disappointed that this could become the only message you can read from Lexi's blog post because it was complete with a nice tone to it about how we can look at love and hatred and the two not being opposites, but indifference being the clue in this: no one is indifferent here, and we can learn how to listen to each other's pains and attempts to overcome them.

I am extremely engaged in the political discourse and I am seeing the campaigns with interest and more than often dismay because I am very active in social media. The ability that is given to us to lash out in short soundbites is very sad.

I write a daily blog in French and often it has been covering the races, the primaries and now the presidential campaigns and I am very open with what I believe and do in my life: it has alleviated the pain that I - like Silver Hair Young Heart very well points out - feel at watching all that this world is playing in front of our eyes and ears right now - it has become so easy to get news nearly too instantly and we have constant fireworks of emotional reactions and the ability to act on those reactions - or make a choice to look at our reactions and try not to act on them.

Melanie Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 4:50pm

Dear Lexi and others following this blog - gosh I am so surprised to read the comments (focussing on politics) - I do not comment often but was moved to do so today because of Lexi's writing about relating her ailments (cough etc) to chakras. I find that really useful. I suffer chronically from urine infections or low grade inflammation of bladder - and recently I have been noticing that people say I am not grounded and that I have a feeling sometimes of floating along - being blown this way and that. How helpful to think that this all may be a base chakra issue (I know that the base chakra is to do with being grounded) and Lexi if you know of a good way of strengthening the base chakra which is simple and quick to relate to me - please do.
The other things that came to mind in reading your blog was that I also am at risk of hiding from the news (thus indifferent) and I do not think this is good so thanks for the reminder and secondly I feel destruction comes before creation - here in UK we have just had the Brexit referendum - which (whatever way one voted) I think to many felt a bit scary when it was announced that it was happening. However it is clearly a huge catalyst for change and re-thinking and I hope something good comes from it. So maybe the turmoil in USA can also be a catalyst for something good.
Love to all

Hopeful One Sun, Jul 24th 2016 @ 6:28am

Hi Melanie- I don't think one can address the base chakra in isolation.I believe it is part of a system which works as a whole. It is the basis of Kundalini Yoga or Kundalini Meditation originally set out and explored in India . I am reading a simple, delightful easy to follow book about it called Kundalini Meditation by Kathryn McCusker which might interest you.

Melanie Mon, Jul 25th 2016 @ 6:49am

Thank you very much Hopeful One - I will take a look at that - thanks for reminding me to be holistic too.

Melanie Mon, Jul 25th 2016 @ 6:49am

Thank you very much Hopeful One - I will take a look at that - thanks for reminding me to be holistic too.

The Gardener Sat, Jul 23rd 2016 @ 4:57pm

Just been watching the Tour de France - went past our son's house - weather so foul could only pick out a few landmarks. National pride was very evident with furious flag waving as their 'man' went by. Watching the US - choice of president between a man with a funny haircut whose policies are quite likely to get him bumped off before the election - shooting people being the national sport (not being 'flip'. The choice is an undoubtedly capable lady - but whose age would preclude her from most jobs except that of being the most powerful person in the world. We HAD always reckoned on loyalty to our native land - that is changing - visit to England shocked me - since Brexit their attitude to any 'foreigners'. People I had regarded as 'well-balanced' have turned into ignorant bigots. We are applying for French citizenship - it is our 'adoptive' country - it's also selfish, given our age and health problems we are worried that we might return to the health system before we were resident here. But the France we knew 20 years ago is changing. Our new policeman looks like Neantherdal man, he's a thug, and has no manners, not even a 'bon jour'. France has been an awful target for terrorism - BUT, we had to hold our tongues with the Charlie Hebdo affair, we thought it was unnecessarily provocative, other ways of guarding liberty of expression, and not even funny. Our oldest friend here, a very devout catholic, is vitriolic about 'immigrants' who she lodges in her house in slum conditions and takes illegal cash. I wave furiously at my neighbour's Moroccan maid when she shakes rugs out of the window, have a good laugh with our Cameroonian priest, purred when a Polish chap living in Jersey came in and said he could sit round my kitchen table and chat for hours. I hope,as I get older and more cantankerous, to keep a wide vision and tolerance of race and creed. Lexi, I do hope 'common sense and compassion' prevail. thank you

Night Owl Sun, Jul 24th 2016 @ 12:30am

Hi Lexi, thankyou.
And thanks Melanie for bringing it back to the personal.

I'm avoiding too much news at the moment. I think it can be helpful at times...
I am ok at the moment, but I am wary of becoming overwhelmed by worries about things I cannot control. The headlines will do.

I am especially avoiding "news-plus".... the social media chatter that accompanies every story online....
...where opinions get aired and passions aroused, and people are often very rude and mean to one another, and I feel even more helpless after reading them.
And i feel even worse if I chip in (even after much deliberation... a sure way to waste alot of my emotional energy, I find. Best to stay silent... for me at least).

I can't even look at Facebook at the moment, reminds me that people I love can take a very different view of the world. And I don't feel alot of compassion in the one-sidedness of the interaction... I feel personally attacked for feeling compassion towards people who uproot themselves, with various degrees of choice.

I can only remind myself that I am fortunate to live somewhere where many immigrants are white-collar or professionals who work hard, support themselves, and melt into their surrounds and integrate;
so not large, stand-out influxes of factory workers, who might naturally club together and feel more threatening in a small town. And I'm not looking for one of those factory-type jobs, or struggling to pay my bills...
I can feel some compassion for some of my relatives views, but I feel frustrated that they don't seem to find any compassion of their own, at least not on Facebook (- don't know if I can do face-to-face with those folks just now... so feel a bit cut-off...)

I've taken to signing online petitions. Can't share them, as that's too out-there, and breaks my mental-health-related Facebook silence. But it makes me feel I'm doing some small thing.

Whatever our experiences and our reasoned views, we are here because we also have experience of feeling less than well... take care of yourselves, whatever goes on in the world...

...love and light to you all. NO xx

Melanie Mon, Jul 25th 2016 @ 6:54am

Thank you Night Owl - I can identify with a lot you say. I have started to read a clutter clearing book (Eat that Elephant) and am going to order another one (Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui) - I think this is going to be my way of cheering myself up - to get rid of some stuff.

the room above the garage Sun, Jul 24th 2016 @ 12:48am

Hello Lexi, I like that you are standing up for your opinion. I am on the side of peace and remember the Dunblane massacre in all its horror... I support the John Lennon approach to life and have Give Peace a Chance tattooed on my heart, my hide and my tongue. Turbulent times indeed but hold on, time and nature usually help. Tutti Frutti, you're a star. I'm a little better today, exhausted and up early but very supported in my hours of crash by my Moodscope friends xxx.

Hopeful One Sun, Jul 24th 2016 @ 6:30am

Hi RATG- so glad to hear that you are on the up.When one is in Hell keep going.

Lesley Sun, Jul 24th 2016 @ 10:12am

Hello Lexi, thank you for your blog, and relating your health issues to the changes whirling around us. Small deeds of kindness on an one-to-one level are all I feel able to do. They generate peace at a low level. Modern communications accelerate news, and the media turns into a feeding frenzy. I have no issue with your last paragraph and I also like that you have stated your opinion. With hugs from across the Pond. xxxx

Lesley Sun, Jul 24th 2016 @ 10:13am

Hello Lexi, thank you for your blog, and relating your health issues to the changes whirling around us. Small deeds of kindness on an one-to-one level are all I feel able to do. They generate peace at a low level. Modern communications accelerate news, and the media turns into a feeding frenzy. I have no issue with your last paragraph and I also like that you have stated your opinion. With hugs from across the Pond. xxxx

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