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North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - February 2017


North Coast Winds - Robin Joy Wellman - February 2017

I am pretty sure each of you uses the word ‘heart’ every day in your conversations or thoughts. For example; you might think about your heartbeat,  you have a heart and show kindness, you decide on doing something heartfelt,  you have a heartache and/or heartbreak, you ate too much and have heart burn, there is a real heart throb in town, heart warmers, you are a carpenter and talk about heartwood, you enjoyed a hearty meal.  For me, heart attack is a word I am now very close to with my Mom recently suffering a heart attack. She is on the mend – thank goodness. I had the opportunity to speak to the surgeon about the understanding of how our heart is very connected to the brain. He said many studies had been done about the brain and heart connection thus ‘mind, body, and spirit’ or ‘brain, body, and heart’. This alone is fascinating. The heart plays an important role in our emotional experience by being connected at all times with the brain thus having feelings, like the brain and is central to most parts of our well-being.  Of course we know it is one of the most vital muscular organs pumping in a rhythmic contraction. It is also the word we use when we speak about the ‘heart of an organization’ which might be referring to good leadership or a good hearted leader. We often refer to the heart of the city or the heart of the family, hearts are used in the deck of playing cards, and of course ‘I love you with all my heart’ to those very close to us.  Our heart does very well with love, appreciation, and kindness. And harm comes with stress, and many other factors. Show those around you some human kindness, who knows you could also be literally mending their heart.  

I encourage you to get out and walk with family and friends which is super good for your heart. Even an hour a day offers so many benefits. If you are blessed enough to live here you have every reason to enjoy. If you are visiting our coast please know we have miles and miles of accessible coastline and redwood forests to stroll in. The Stornetta Public Lands in Point Arena is rich and diverse in its environment as well as parks like Gualala Point Park and Salt Point. 

There are a few local events that celebrate the heart. The Point Arena Lighthouse Full Moon tour is pretty romantic with the ocean sparkling under the moon. Come out Friday, February 10 at 6:00 and Saturday February 11 at 6:00. Please visit their web for all needed info at  Enjoy the two exhibits at Gualala Art Center ‘What’s Love Got to do With It’ and ‘Sharing the Love’ both opening February 3-5. One thing I have always wanted to do was to attend a Mystery Theater Dinner which will be held February 25 and 26. For details on this event and others events too please visit their website at  

I encourage you to get out into the heart of the forest and explore.  And mostly, appreciate the small stuff and in this little way you make a big difference for the well-being of your heart, your mind, and your spirit.