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Green is where the Heart Is for May 15, 2013

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.” ~Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

As I studied feng shui I became aware of three basic underpinnings in everything around me.  First is ‘chi’ which some people call energy.  It is the life force contained in all things. 
It is source energy.  If chi is too direct it may be called ‘sha’chi as it invades your personal field like a ‘poison arrow.’  If chi is too minimal there is no movement and eventually will cause atrophy.
YinYang is the second underpinning and it means finding the balance of all things.  There are times we need the yin chi of rest.  Other times we need the yang chi of exercise.  To be healthy we need a balance of both.
The third underpinning of feng shui is tao or connectedness.  In examining life with a green heart attitude we realize that we are not alone.  We realize that we are connected to everything and everyone around us. 
To avoid feeling lonely or isolated it is important to have healthy connections with others.  Those connections must also be balanced in what you give and what you receive.  YinYang, chi and tao.  Balancing the energy of your connections. 
Connection with those in need fills the heart as we have been taught, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Today I had the privilege of connecting to a family who had a baby born with a serious congenital problem.  After being delivered by cesarean, it was discovered that this newborn had a hole in his diaphragm, and that his stomach and some of his bowels had moved up into his chest cavity while in utero, pushing his heart towards the right side of his chest, and keeping his left lung from developing fully. The condition is known as CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.)
You can learn all about this sweet baby, Nash Barnes by going to Caring Bridge www.caringbridge.org/visit/nashbarnes. 
Read about how his aunt sought people to help to an extreme home makeover so when Nash could be brought home two months after his birth, his parents’ home would be in tip top shape. 
Today we installed new blinds in this house and the amount of satisfaction from making a connection to someone who really needs help and expecting nothing in return, is, well, ‘priceless.’  Financial donations from Carolina Beach Furniture and other anonymous donors provided the blinds.
I could not have installed them without the strength and ability of my youngest son Peter and our Swedish cousin/visitor Linn for whom I am especially grateful.  Because they were willing to stretch out their hands and complete this task, the connection (tao) with this family was complete.  I could never pay Peter and Linn enough money equal to the love they bestowed on this young family. 
Baby Nash’s family is so grateful and the attitude of green heart living will cycle around.  This is not charity.  This is true love. 
This is the way of the tao.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, 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, 20 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.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.