Thursday, March 17, 2011

a recipe to fight compassion fatigue

Hold someone you love close (a small furry creature will do).
Close your eyes.
Breath in their scent.
Feel comforted.
Take your ball of compassion, cover with a tea towel and allow to rise in a warm place 'til doubled in size.

Once risen, protect your compassion from undue battering from the media.
Keep the temperature constant, lest cynicism toughens the consistency.
Shape into a heart and bake in a moderate oven.

Once cooled, share your compassion with friends and strangers. Sprinkle a touch salt from your tears but balance with honey to sweeten.
Drink a little wine if you need to lift your spirits but not too much, hangovers have been known to cause fatigue.

Don't forget to keep a little starter-ball of compassion aside. Whenever you feel jaded or sad, repeat the recipe. Offer it to those who need it. Be kind to others and gentle with yourself.

Sorry no actual recipes this week. As sunkissed as I am from a week of beach and sea, gushing about food while others go hungry doesn't sit well with me right now. My heart goes out to those I know in Japan and all those I don't.

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Blogger Anna said...

I really appreciate this... <3

3:44 pm  
Blogger steve said...

What a lovely and timely post. It melted my somewhat cynical heart. Well done AOF, a soothing salve if ever there was one. take care, Steve

4:10 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Thanks guys :)

5:18 pm  
Anonymous spiceandmore said...

That is lovely, thank you.

8:38 pm  

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