Green is where the Heart Is for October 12th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 12 October 2016 04:00

“When you are in the eye of the storm, you are often not aware of the whiplash around you.”
~ Hugh Bonneville

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti and it breaks my heart to watch reports of the survivors who have lost loved ones, housing and all things precious to them.  We were quite lucky here on Pleasure Island.  
The advance warning prompted both towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach to jump into action.  The lake was drained and pumps were installed in low areas. The latter part of the week found many of us boarding our windows and doors with shutters and stocking up on ‘hurricane party supplies – aka alcohol, wine and potato chips and dip.’
My first day living on this island in 2005 also brought Hurricane Ophelia.  It was a Cat 1 and my husband (who had been living here for 3 months) told me to come on down because the neighbors gave him instructions on what we would need to get through it.  My sister joined me in the drive from Ohio and we did not hit torrential rain until I40 ran into College Road.  I looked at her and she at me and we both thought…..well, you know what we thought.  I went to sleep that rainy evening and woke up about 4am in my second floor bedroom that was shaking like a freight train.  I turned on the TV and before I could make coffee, the power went out and stayed out for 3 days.  Randy pulled out the Coleman burner, made some cowboy coffee and scrambled eggs and I swear, he was delighted with this new adventure.  Neighbors braved their way to our home bringing wine and snacks, welcoming us to the island and 3 days later (the storm stalled in the Atlantic) we were blessed with sunny skies and electricity once again.  
During Matthew our house did not shake.  The first part of the storm was not too bad.  The eye was a gentle relief and the backside was a little more harassing.  We lost power most of the day and night and that was annoying because we had hurricane shutters on the house which made it dark. It reminded me of a feng shui student I had in 2005.  She lived in Alabama and had put up the hurricane shutters before the devastation of Katrina.  During a phone class we were discussing how we were feeling and she was terribly depressed.  As I questioned her about her space, she revealed they had not removed the shutters as they were afraid another storm would soon appear. Living within the doom and gloom of no natural light for weeks on end would make anyone feel depressed. So the question may be asked, “Are hurricane shutters bad feng shui?” and the response will be as usual, “It depends.”  They are good feng shui for protection from the cruel harsh winds but when they are no longer needed they must be removed in a timely manner.  Good feng shui encourages movement.  It reminds us to mimic nature with the cycles of life.  Nothing is set in stone.  Nothing is absolute.  The only unchangeable thing is that things will constantly change.  When things do not change, disease sets in.  A foul odor may appear.  Deterioration and decay seek to destroy the evidence.  
As you weather the storm on the front side, do not become complacent during the eye for the worst may yet to be.  Thank goodness storms do pass.  The devastation in Haiti will be softened with compassion and timely support from the rest of the world.  For us the sun will emerge and it will become yet another beautiful day on Pleasure Island.  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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