Green is where the Heart Is for May 10th, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 10 May 2017 04:00

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry / smell the sea, and feel the sky / let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.”
-Van Morrison

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

As we were creating the floorplan for our new house, I had several things on my list of ‘needs to have.’ One of those ‘needs’ was a foyer separate from the living spaces that would create a transition upon entering. Since the entrance of the home is symbolic of the element of water, my mind’s eye envisioned a water feature in this location.  
Every season when I visit the showrooms in High Point, I admire the Adagio Company.  They offer wall and freestanding water features in many finishes and sizes.  Last year while traveling in Asheville, I saw one with a beautiful artisan-made glass display peeking through the water falling from the front.  I decided to marry the work of a local glass artist with my freestanding waterfall, adding beauty and creativity to the space while also promoting good health.  
“How can this awesome piece of art also promote good health in the home?” you ask. Moving water is a natural generator of Negative Ions. It has been determined over and over that an imbalance between the ratio of Positive and Negative Ions has a profound effect on both mental and physical well being, according to Guy Cramer, Ion Scientist. Evidence suggests that an atmosphere filled with Negative Ions is better for health and well-being.  
It is no wonder that water fountains have gained popularity. If you are not familiar with the feeling Negative Ions produce, walk outside after a rainstorm.  Close your eyes.  Breath in the fresh air.  Feel the crispness in the atmosphere. How do you feel? This same pleasant experience is had everyday right here on our beaches.  Nature produces these negatively charged ions everywhere water is moving and evaporating like oceans, rivers, streams and waterfalls.  Hello.  No wonder visitors flock to our backyard to be soothed for a week or two.  Without a beach in your backyard, you can create them yourself by simply turning on the shower.  
Positive Ions are produced in nature by strong winds which can weaken our bodies immunity levels, leaving us more vulnerable to infection. Modern man also contributes to an increase of Positive Ions by bringing in more and more electronic devices to our living and working space.  Too much screen time can wreck havoc on our emotions.  When 2 year olds can manipulate an IPhone to get to Kids YouTube by themselves, we need to be cautious of the amount of time they are connected to these devices.  Constantly living or working in a space with a heating and cooling system can become anxiety producing.  Take a break and walk outside.  Standing in the fresh air with sunlight on your face for a mere five minutes can produce biochemical reactions that will relieve stress and elevate your mood. Is it a wonder that at least 10 percent of Americans are taking anti-depressants?   Prozac or outdoor shower?  You choose.  Let’s all go fishing.  It’s GOOD for us.    
There are other benefits to Negative Ions.  Hospitals in Russia require negative ion generators because air treated with negative ions triples the decay rate of bacteria. A U.S. Air Force study suggested Negative Ions decrease pilot fatigue and increase reaction times of pilots. During the full moon, a time when Positive Ions are at their peak, emergency rooms are filled with, well, let us just call it lun(ar)acy.  
If this all sounds mysterious to you, go jump in the shower and enjoy some fast and friendly Negative Ions.  As Morrison says, 'I want to rock your gypsy soul/Just like in the days of old/And magnificently we will fold/Into the mystic.’  Your neighbors might even hear you singing.  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 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, 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 FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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