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Green is where the Heart Is for October 18th, 2017

“We treat strangers like friends and friends like family.”  - Bob Evans Restaurant signage

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

This week found Randy and I traveling north to Virginia to join relatives as we celebrated with Jess, Randy’s first cousin once removed, and her fiancé Mike as they tied the knot.  Since the wedding was staged in the couple’s backyard, the perfect weather was very appreciated by the 65 or so guests.  Fall weddings can be especially pleasant with the crispness in the air, the shifting colors of nature and the transition of moving from the frenetic season of summer to the slowing down of autumn, a time to get back into the groove of school nights, study time and regular schedules.
October is always a reflective month for me since that was the month my mother passed away, 13 years ago.  She left her body but her legacy remains.  I feel her presence with me often.  Life cycles as seasons pass one to the next.  Traditional Chinese Medicine, the underpinning of feng shui, views fall as the season of the metal element.  Metal represents a time of letting go, like the leaf leaving the branch as it drifts to the ground.  Its duty is over and now it is time to go back to the earth to replenish the soil for next year’s cycle.  Metal element is also a time of refinement and ability to focus.  When choosing items to enhance metal proclivities in your space, look for silver, gold, bronze, copper and any other metals along with the color white.  The shape of metal element is round, the never-ending circle.  The body organ associated with metal is the lungs.  The emotion is grief and reflection.  
Once my sister-in-law was having an unusually hard time getting over a chronic bronchial condition.  After trying all the typical medical cures with no avail, her doctor suggested acupuncture.  One of the first questions asked by this practitioner was what was going on in her life that was making her feel sad?  At first, she could not think of anything and did not think of herself as a melancholic person. The needles started to be applied.  As she laid on the table she remembered the difficulty of the previous year as her niece, 13 years old at the time, was taken by childhood leukemia. Childhood memories of her own mother passing came to mind.  Tears seeped out of her closed eyes and ran to the table.  The acupuncture procedure had opened up the meridians where energy was blocked.  She returned two more times to complete the process and in that short time her lungs improved.  According to this ancient form of healing, the lungs hold grief.  
On Jeremy’s office wall at Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture he has the saying, “Bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong.”  This translate roughly to, ‘If there is no flow, there is pain. If there is flow, there is no pain.’
The clinic in Carolina Beach has reopened with the addition of a new doctor.  What acupuncture does for your body, feng shui does for your space.  
Now is the perfect time to grieve past sorrows, let go of the old, and prepare for this season of celebration of labors with Thanksgiving right around the corner.  Your bountiful table may include family.  It may include friends.  One line during the wedding ceremony I particularly loved was, “You were brought together by chance, but you stay together by choice.”  Let go, let go and open up to new possibilities.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in paint colors, fabrics, window treatments, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 30 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.