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Share your Heart

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Share your Heart

Photo credit barefooters.org
Photo credit barefooters.org

Today's exercise is putting your feet up.

Yes, you heard me, all work and no rest is no fun. Balance is the name of the game, and after 5 days of good work-outs, you might welcome a break. On top of running after your kids and around in your work, time to recharge may just be a good idea. And if that means watching the whole first season of Downton Abbey in one go, so be it. But hey, I'm no medical professional, so consult with your doctor. He or she might prescribe a dose of Grey's Anatomy or March Madness instead.

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Today's recipe is dessert.

I'm a big fan of fresh fruit, so whatever's in season gets cut up and put on a plate. Mango, raspberries, and papaya make a scrumptious combination, or cherries, apples, kiwis, and bananas. If you're more into baked treats, try subbing margarine for apple sauce, and cow's milk for a soy alternative or even orange juice.

 

 

 

 

"Heart to Heart - by Angela Zito"
"Heart to Heart - by Angela Zito"

 

 

 

Sharing your Heart

You've heard of the saying, a problem shared is a problem halved, and a joy shared is a joy doubled? That's what I'm inviting you to do today. Call a good friend, your parents, someone you love, or even better, make a date to meet in person. If you're an expat, it'll be Skype, but whatever means you choose - have a conversation.

Share what's bugging you as well as what's delighting you. Make sure you're heard and get everything you need to off your chest. Then return the favor.

Troubles weigh us down, you see, and keeping worries inside means they can claw their icy fingers around our hearts and squeeze. Having the empathy of a trusted confidante lets in the light, warms up and de-claws those icicles to let the light in. After a good heart-to-heart, your heart will feel stronger, like it's bench-pressed and kicked off 100 pounds.

If you're single, maybe it's time to try a relationship again. But an adult one this time, without bringing in previous baggage or entertaining unrealistic expectations. Being yourself and allowing the other one the same courtesy.

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Unplug

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Unplug

Unplug is not only the title of a very informative and interesting series of educational videos by ICT leader Ericsson, it's also what I've been doing for a few weeks while on vacation. Here's why I highly recommend it:

1. Who in their right mind would rather spend time looking at a screen when they could look at this view? Connect with nature! Granted, the picture isn't as focused as it could be, but then again - no picture can do this tranquil and picturesque mountainside justice, with the birds chirping and the neighbor's dog barking down the road.

View from Santa Brigida
View from Santa Brigida

If the beach is more your thing, I've got pictures of that, too. Next post. ;-)

2. Reconnect with your calmer self. Remember that space in your soul ca. 1995 when you didn't feel anxious about missed tweets or facebook updates? You were still in the loop with people you cared about - because either they dropped by for dinner or you spoke on the phone. Was the world really running less effectively then than it is now? How is staying up-to-date with all the news today helping you change things?

3. Real life allows new ideas to form, thoughts and feelings to pop up and be acknowledged, that then can be shared in your virtual life. Like I'm doing now. So... what's my point? Take a break from the virtual! A loooonger one than the usual couple hours! One that actually gives you time to breathe it all in, reflect on what's happening, the kind of person you are and who you want to be. Feel into the moment without wondering how to word it in 140 characters or less.

Happy unplugging!

Image by Brad K, Flickr, Creative Commons License

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