Heart-Filled Holiday

Flower-FilledHeartToday is Easter and it’s been a heart-filled day.

It started early but it was surprisingly easy to wake up in the wee hours this morning. I had something great to look forward to—glorious singing with my choir sisters and brothers. We sang familiar Broadway songs to accompany our church service centered around the Jesus Christ Superstar musical. It was inspiring and joyous. Continue reading

Heartfelt Sunshine and Other Things

HeartHappyWithSunshineIt’s a wonderfully warm and sunny spring day. The sun is shining brightly, in stark contrast to the cloudy overcast days of winter. Today, I did my walking rounds luxuriating in sunshine. It uplifted me. As I walked, I sensed all of me benefited immensely from the sun’s warm rays—mind, body, and spirit. It felt good for my heart, too. Continue reading

Beating Heart

SAsndAVNodesMy blog has taken a three-week vacation and I have, too. It took me with it, willingly or not!

It’s a blessing my heart keeps steadily beating—the alternative would have been dire. But my heart-brain writing connection decided it needed time off and it just took it. I didn’t consciously consider taking a writing break and granting myself permission—my blogging spirit just up and rested. Continue reading

Heart Fitness

HeartStopwatch2I recently read that if I can’t walk continuously for six minutes at a comfortable pace, my heart fitness needs attention. That took me aback a bit. Some days, six minutes of walking seems brief. Other days, it seems an eternity, especially when I don’t feel hale and hearty, or I don’t want to walk and it’s raining, storming, snowing, windy, hot, cold … I enjoy blaming the weather those days.

The walking “test” apparently indicates my muscle and joint health. Likely the moving part indicates joint function, and the six minute timing part reveals heart function. Continue reading

My Moods and My Heart

HappyAndSadHeartsI have been wondering what laughter and sadness—up and down moods—can do to my heart. My emotions surely affect my heart in ways that are good, or maybe not so good. I’ve always assumed that positive moods help my heart and negative moods hurt it. But, I decided to look online for enlightenment about moods and heart health.

One surprise was finding Laughter Online University. I love the site name! It explains that laughing helps blood vessel function by stretching the vessels with increased blood flow—keeping the circulation flexible and increasing oxygen in the blood. After reading that, I plan to see more funny movies and read more comical writing. Continue reading