This morning I couldn’t wait to get out of bed and start working. I guess that’s what it feels like when you are doing something you are passionate about! I jumped out of bed, got on Skype in my bathrobe, and began talking to my developers in India. We are fixing a couple of final issues with the iPhone application Mood Runner. Hopefully it will be in the iTunes store right before Thanksgiving! I am so psyched about that!
Mood Runner was developed based on Dr. David Hawkins’ “Map of Consciousness.” According to “Hawk” (an endearing name used among his students), from his decades of psychological and consciousness research, certain emotions are “pro-life,” and certain emotions are “anti-life.” Emotions that are pro-life support life and make us stronger, and emotions that are anti-life deplete life and make us weaker. Using this principle, he’s developed a scale that maps out the various levels of human consciousness.
This is not rocket science, but rather intuitive, actually. Just think about a time when you feel love and joy. Don’t you feel full of energy and full of life? Then think of a time when you feel sad, for instance. Don’t you feel weakened and devoid of life energy?
According to Hawk, anyone of us can experience the full rage of emotions, but there is a “favorite emotion” we dwell on most of the time – I call it our “emotional home.” For some it is joy, and for some it is depression. The good news is that each of us has the ability to move up the mood/consciousness scale by bringing awareness and healing to our own body and mind.
Out of my own experience, needs and desires, I created MoodRunner iPhone application, a tool that can help you to:
* Track your moods and watch your mood patterns over time;
* Record certain lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, sleep and stress, and
understand how they affect your mood, energy level and sex drive;
* Track your menstrual cycles and symptoms;
* And set goals, develop new habits, and stay on track!
It also has charts, based on the timeframe of your choice, to display the patterns of your moods, energy level, sex drive and lifestyle factors over time. It is very intuitive to use because you can add, delete, or change your entries simply by using the touch screen. Well, I may be biased, but I think it’s really cool! Please tell me what you think of it when you begin to use it.
The journal you are reading now is actually a daily discipline to record my mood, menstrual cycle, and certain lifestyle factors that affect how I feel every day. It has revealed much to me. For example, I’ve learned that most of the time I feel optimistic and enthusiastic – the emotion icon you see in today’s post and in many other days as well. Sleep has a big effect on my mood. If I have a good night’s sleep, I usually feel pretty great the day after. Otherwise, I feel tired and edgy. You know what I mean, don’t you? For me, I need a good 8 hours of sleep, and once in a while 10 hours, just to fill up my sleep bank. I know I could certainly use the time more productively, but that’s just me, and I can’t help it.
Mood Runner has proved to be very useful for me. I hope you’ll find it useful as well. The key is to use it consistently and make it a daily habit. That’s why I called upon myself to do it IN PUBLIC. Now I don’t have a choice to slack off, do I? Oh, the things I put upon myself. It works, however. And I’m glad I’m doing it.