Green is where the Heart Is for February 21st, 2018

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Monday, 19 February 2018 03:08

“Wish me luck in the Olympics.  Just kidding.  I’m on my fourth cupcake.” ~anonymous

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

The past two weeks have found me glued to the TV, cheering on athletes from around the world in amazement of hours and hours of dedication to practice.  Fine tuning a sport or craft of any kind will happen with commitment and perseverance.  Being among the members making it to the Olympics is quite a feat in itself and of those few, only three will stand on the podium accepting gold, silver or bronze recognition. 

I am thinking about the hours I have spent in my lifetime as I enter my third chapter.  Personally, I have dedicated my life to my family and friends and feel a sense of satisfaction with relationships.  Occasionally I ‘declutter’ my life of those so-called friends who bring me down. In feng shui terms you assess the energy of the space by how it makes you feel.  Some people just cannot help themselves. They feel crappy and vomit their bile effecting all those around them. Your freedom lies in allowing this negative vibration to bring you down to the dumps or walking away and concentrating on a higher vision, where life is pleasant and feelings raise attitudes.  There may be some difficulty in staying away from judging these vulnerable beings.  Realize their despair is a sign of their wounding and their voice may be the only way they know how to release pent-up frustration.  There is a difference between judging and discernment.  I opt for discernment and give permission to walk away from those who try to engage me in their sinking ship.  I strive to practice no judgement and withdrawing is a form of self-preservation.  I choose the world I live in and they must be free to wallow in theirs without my pity, condemnation or engagement.   I can observe negativity, call it for what it is, how it makes me feel, and then make the choice to disengage. 

My sister is a survivor of breast cancer and colon cancer.  She is the most optimistic person I know.  Some have even chided her as having a Pollyanna attitude.  Well, maybe she does and just maybe it is that cheerful disposition that carried her through the dark days of despair.  She has raised six children and has grandchildren and great-grandchildren being married to the same man for 60 years. She has experienced great times and she has experienced devastation.  Drama is expected when you are dealing with the lives of so many and although some life situations tried to bring her down, she never stayed there.  She pulled herself up, like so many athletes and continued to move forward in her life being a positive role model for all to admire.  She is in my sphere of influence and I hope to be more like her.     

British anthropologist Robin Dunbar proposed that humans can comfortably maintain only 150 stable relationships.  You may have a thousand friends on Facebook but according to his testing, human beings cannot manage relationships with more than 150 of them.  My advice is to choose those limited friends wisely. When you are spending your time and energy reading someone’s rant on Facebook, is that really freeing you, motivating you, or promoting you to attain a higher consciousness or is it bringing you down, firing up your primal anxiety and putting you into a fight or flight series of hormones which temporarily override your immune system? 

An athlete who falls down and stays there does not feel good.  Feeling good is getting up, finishing the race and moving forward.  It is time to get rid of all around you that keeps you down. Declutter your space.  Declutter your life and don’t feel guilty if it is A cupcake that puts a smile on your face 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 Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 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, 30 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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