Green is where the Heart Is for February 10th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 10 February 2016 05:00

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart.  It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” ~Judy Garland

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Once again the early Christians captured a pagan ritual and put their spin on it by honoring two different martyrs both executed by Emperor Claudius II on February 14th in different years of the 3rd century A.D. and both named ‘Valentine.’ Ancient pagan rituals seem so barbaric to us these days and apparently this one ranked right up there as very strange. 
The feast of Lupercalia would be celebrated from February 13 to 15.  According to Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Roman romantics "were drunk. They were naked," and they would sacrifice a goat and a dog then whip women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.  Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.   
The Catholic Church honored the martyrdom of these two outspoken men with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day changing the name of this feast and making it respectable. 
It would be centuries later that Hallmark realized they could cash in on this idea as sales for cards and gifts and special dinner dates on this special day of ‘love’ are close to $20 billion today.
Chris Higgins of Fishbone Designs gave me a silver heart necklace two years ago.  It was especially meaningful as my husband Randy had a heart attack the week of the 2014 ice storm and was undergoing triple bypass surgery.  I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but I make sure the pieces I do wear are ones that I love.  
If you want to find a special gift for your lover, Artful Living Group has unique, one of a kind, handmade, artisan designed gifts to raise the vibration of your sentiment.  Come into our store and pick out that very special gift for your special one.
Randy survived his physical ordeal and two years later is doing well. I love this man and for over 40 years of marriage we have gone through the yin and yang of daily life, experiencing together the good, the bad and the ugly.  A triple bypass is pretty ugly and with the help of our son, Zach, I realized Randy’s home office needed a little decluttering itself. 
The ‘stuff’ crammed into that space felt like blocked arteries and just like his physical bypass, his office needed breathing room. 
A basket of beach towels, a box of old journals, an unused for 10 years professional espresso machine had to find new homes. 
Zach moved stuff out, rearranged, sorted and organized and when Randy came home and was able to start working again, his space welcomed him instead of hindering him.   
Open up your space this Valentine’s Day by getting rid of unnecessary items that may be clogging your rooms. 
This is a great time to donate those items to the Island Cottage which funnels their profits to local island families through the Help Center, or to the Vintage Values resale shop in Monkey Junction which works toward empowering the increasing number of victims and their families to break the cycle of domestic violence.  Love and violence are not compatible…..Valentine(s) may have given up his life to make this point.  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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