Green is where the Heart Is: October 7th, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 07 October 2015 04:00

“There is an Indian proverb or axiom that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but, unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person.”  ~Rumer Godden

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

The torrential rains caused by Hurricane Joaquin this week have subjected most of us to remain inside in our homes.  Ever since I was introduced (by Clair Cooper Marcus, House as Mirror of Self,) to the concept that our homes are outwardly a direct reflection of our inner world, I look around my space with different eyes. 
My body is a home.  My home is a body, living, breathing and drowning at this point.  Several roof shingles blew off in the storm allowing water to seep into the roof, down the bedroom wall and onto the floorboards.  I didn’t notice it until I jumped out of bed onto a squishy carpet.  The insurance adjuster arrived promptly and the restoration company brought 3 huge machines to suck the room dry.  The clear plastic tubing making its way to the bathroom sink gives the appearance that our bedroom is on life support.
The water continued to seep in.  On Saturday, during a lull in the rain, they were able to climb on the roof and patch the offender.  I insisted they inspect for black mold, knowing all too well the dangerous side effects of living in a ‘sick building.’  By Sunday the space dried out. 
In fact, it was so warm, dry and cozy in our home that the ants decided it was a great place to search for food and in they marched one by one. 
Coincidentally, that same day I watched a great PBS show on Roku about E.O. Wilson and his amazing lifetime work in studying ants. 
He said that if you took all of the humans in the world and all of the ants in the world it would equal approximately the same amount of weight.  Since they are definitely not an endangered species, I saw no ethical reason not to put out the ant traps provided by Allied Pest Control.  I feel the same about removing any virus or bacteria invading my own body.
I appreciate buddhist theory but ants inside my ‘body’ have to go. 
In Ohio we would call this a ‘snow day.’  The weather is in control and it is a pleasure to be forced to avoid going outside…..for a day or two.  Driving should be avoided and our store remained unopened since Cape Fear Blvd. was closed due to flooding at the Boardwalk, the Lake and down Canal Street. 
Some of us will stay in pajamas all day and take advantage of curling up with a good book.  Some will do yoga or take time for meditation.  Others may use the time to clean out closets or catch up on procrastinated chores. Some may veg out in front of the TV as long as the signal provides service. 
The best part of this day is that it gives the opportunity to go into those four rooms within ourselves. I am grateful for this time to explore, air out and get rid of any ants.  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  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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