Green is where the Heart Is for March 16th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:00

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”  ~Henry Ward Beecher

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Recently an international student at the Feng Shui Institute of America posed the question, "How can I relate the importance of environmental design and being in the right environment (or climate) vs. the yogic idea of  being happy regardless where you are.”  Connie Spruill, reached out to several of us on the faculty to give answers from different perspectives. 
I began the discussion with, “That is a great question. In my opinion, the simple answer is that it all boils down to vibration and how that environment ‘fits’ you - the pattern of your being.   If the environment you find yourself in is in harmony with your personal vibration, you will feel good and thrive. Life will be easier.   If it is not, you will always be striving,  life will be harder and more energy will be spent just trying to find balance.  What is the ‘right’ environment?  This is a different answer for different people and that is why the testing that pyramid school created using techniques like archetyping, holon drill downs and kinesiology serve to discover patterns for the particular individual.  It is about the PERSON in the PLACE.  In America we say, you cannot fit a square peg in a round hole.  The environment around you needs to feel like it nurtures taking in to account the ecophenotypic effect which does create change in the individual. People morph to their environments (or climates) to remain in balance as we said earlier.  
Now as for the yogic idea, I do believe it is up to the individual to choose happiness wherever and in whatever situation they find themselves, however, some places will be much easier than others.  Let’s address this question also with the concept of the PERSON in the PLACE.  I have relatives in Sweden and it seems to me they encourage young people to travel around the world and have genes of exploration (evident in the vikings)  and that other cultures may prefer to stay closer to home.  When Europeans immigrated to America, many times they found themselves in similar climates on this continent and I think that is because it was comfortable (or in harmony) with what they knew for generations.  They did not have to strive as hard to feel good.  
It is not only OK but also smart to put yourself in the most strategic placement to feel good.”
Benjamin Huntington, ASID, FSIA, NY CID, of Veritate Design responded, “The idea of Feng Shui is that any environment supports who we are at that moment and, if it does not, we subconsciously change it to become who we are currently in our lives.
When we harness the power of Feng Shui it is to enhance/redirect/re-energize our surrounding to align with our goals - our future as opposed to where we have been or are now.
I cannot answer for the yogic thinking but is seems to me it aligns with Feng Shui thinking in that we tend to gravitate towards environments that reflect us. Best thoughts,  Benjamin.”
My dear colleague Sylvia Watson continued with, “We can be happy regardless of where we are if that is one's intention and steps are taken to achieve that be it meditating, eating healthy, practicing yoga, or whatever is part of a person's personal health formula. That being the case, you can't exclude one's environment from one's approach to health and happiness. There is an intricate and interconnected phenomenon between a person and their environment - we are part of a larger whole. So no matter where you are and you lay your head on a soft pillow, an interconnection has occurred. A beautiful panoramic view of soft waves of the ocean or snow capped mountains is part of where you are and you can't be separated from it. The magic begins when you decide to turn "on" your awareness switch through feng shui. The environment presents itself no matter what. Just think how delicious and enjoyable an experience it can be if you can choose to observe, participate and interact with the place and space you inhabit.  Sylvia.”
Is your environment supporting you for happiness today?  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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