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What lights your fire? Tuesday September 2, 2014

I am currently reading "The Power of Now: a guide to spiritual enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle. The book focuses on the benefits of living just in the present moment rather than the past or the future. I have a tendency to dwell on the past and worry about decisions I have made, and am learning that this way of thinking is preventing me from experiencing the present moment.

Recently my mood plummeted and my fabulous Moodscope buddy was straight there offering her support. I found this invaluable in getting through and lifting myself from the dip in mood. At the same time, I came across an analogy in the book that I related to.

Imagine your strength is a log that is burning. Without fuel the flame will eventually die out. Add fuel and the flame will burn stronger and brighter. This led me to reflect on my Moodscope scores from the past and try to identify what makes my flame burn bright and what works to put it out. Consequently, I now have a list of resources that I can dip in to to help fuel my flame and a list of flame dampeners that I need to protect myself from.

This helps me to see that I can take positive action to improve my mood and that, if the flame starts to fade I can hopefully catch it in time before it flickers out completely!!

Kind regards

A Moodscope member.

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Anonymous Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 @ 9:55am

I like this image. IDEAS, please, people - what do you use for fuel? What dampeners do you need to protect yourself from? For me, fuel could be anything fun, often creative; and seeing good friends. Also peace and quiet. To avoid - people who are aggressive, or critical and negative.

Anonymous Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 @ 12:14pm

I wish I could shout the words "ideas"
Like the Moodscope world is an office
I don't really know how such comments can help
When sometimes, it is an achievement to get out of bed.

Get up
Get on up
(James Brown)

Theresa NZ Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 @ 10:39pm

love this Rosie. thank you!!

G Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 @ 6:33am

I looked for the book after reading this post, the Eckhart Tolle's experience captivates me in a new way. I suffered intensely few years ago and although I did not feel as good as the author did, my "enlightenment" is discovered in a much slower pace but in a profound way. Thank you Rosie for introducing this book.

Lex McKee Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 @ 4:50pm

If we can enjoy the metaphor of logs, or even hot coals, they often glow longer and more effectively in the warm company of others. I salute your Moodscope Buddy for being close enough to you to warm you and keep you glowing.

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