Green is where the Heart Is for October 28th, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 28 October 2015 04:00

“There are far, far better things ahead, than any we leave behind.”
~C. S. Lewis

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

As I am writing, a bald eagle, sitting maybe 200 feet away, is staring in my direction.  Randy and I are enjoying some down time in a cabin in the woods on the Sustina River in Talkeetna, Alaska.  We just returned from the most breathtaking tour of the area.  Our flight-seeing trip took us atop the mountains in Denali National Park and Preserve including Denali, formally known as Mount McKinley.  The glaciers that formed this range are white speckled with blue ice peeking forth, and black earth shows up only at the receding points.  From the perspective of 12,000 feet, we humans appear pretty infinitesimal. 
The word Denali in the native tongue means, ‘The Great One.’ I am glad the name has reverted back to the culture to whom this land belongs.  The inuit tribes of Alaska, including the Yup’ik, honored mother earth and knew their existence was dependent upon the harmony with which they coexisted.  The word ‘ella’ meant awareness.  It could be air, weather, universe, including the world in which they lived. 
In the  mid 1970’s Randy and I left the lower 48 and moved north, baby in hand, to create a better place in this world.  It was a spiritual calling.  We never made it to our destination of Palmer, AK  as our housing was not ready.  We stayed 2 years in Ft. St. John, BC, a great place to birth baby number two.  Eventually our visas expired and we headed back to the states to start the immigration process.  Our plans were foiled as BC Hydro decided to build a dam on the Peace River which would have flooded our little cabin in the valley and the community in which we lived and, long story short, we never did go back. 
Our trip this week symbolically closed the circle of a dream of decades ago.  We met with friends that made the trip to Palmer and stayed.  We told stories of life experiences, children and families and those who survived and those who passed away over the last 39 years.  I always wondered if we made the right decision to stay in the lower 48.  At times I felt guilty for even leaving OH in the first place. Many emotions have emerged when thinking of a time we gave up our conventional lives and moved in a spiritual direction for the ‘good of all.’
One thing I did realize.  You can live with a green heart no matter where you live.  Religion does not make you a good person.  God delights in creatures who have discovered love and compassion and connection to ourselves, our neighbors and our environment becoming ‘ella’ - awareness.  ‘The Great One’ in all his/her majesty calls each one of us to discover our life’s purpose.  Regretting yesterday’s choices will never propel you to create a better life for those around you today and tomorrow.  The eagle does not regret.  He is finishing his fish.  Is he any less aware than me?  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 soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear 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, 25 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.

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