February is all about opening up your heart chakra (and maybe your arteries).

Whether cupid has you in his sights or you have that new Peleton bike (despite that tragically misguided commercial) in yours, February is all about opening up your heart chakra (and maybe your arteries). In yogic traditions, an awakened heart chakra promotes balance, compassion, connectedness, and synergy. The hard work, however, of opening our heart […]

Story Patty Malesh

February, 2020

Whether cupid has you in his sights or you have that new Peleton bike (despite that tragically misguided commercial) in yours, February is all about opening up your heart chakra (and maybe your arteries). In yogic traditions, an awakened heart chakra promotes balance, compassion, connectedness, and synergy. The hard work, however, of opening our heart chakra comes in the form of self-reflection and emotional openness. Such work is hard because it requires us to admit to and embrace our vulnerability in order to make peace with it in ourselves and understand it in others. In this respect, an open heart chakra is a powerful source of both empathy and serenity.

But an open heart is also one that embraces challenges. One that pushes for greater endurance. It’s in our nature to dust off a broken heart so that it can shine or to want to best our own personal best—whether it’s beating yesterday’s plank challenge or finally hitting that high note when you’re singing alone in the shower at the top of your lungs to that ’90s song you won’t admit to loving. It’s about laughing at ourselves and sharing in the laughter of others.

This issue is dedicated to what connects us, despite our differences. Our feature on the 60th anniversary of the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley reminds us that competition can bring us together just as easily as it can tear us apart. Our coverage of Premiere Napa reminds us that celebration is also key to a happy heart. And our review of burgers in the North Bay includes a house-made plant-based version for those looking to increase their compassionate consumption or decrease their cardiology concerns. 

We challenge you to open your heart. Have a conversation with a stranger. Sign up for Bay to Breakers. Dance like no one is watching. Heck, dance when you know no one is watching. Face your fears and know you are not alone. We are all afraid. Listen without prejudice to someone who disagrees with you. Ask them to do the same with you. Search out commonalities instead of fractures. Plan a trip. Drink some wine. Hit the slopes. (Not in that order.) Stretch your muscles and your mind this year. And take some time to read Sensi.

Patty Malesh
patty.malesh@sensimag.com

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