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Green is where the Heart Is for April 25, 2012

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." ~Michael Jordan

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

This is the eighth week after surgery on my foot. I have been using a walker and going up and down the stairs on my butt.
Under doctor’s orders I have at least two more weeks of wearing the boot.  I am hoping at my next visit he will allow me to put additional weight on my foot so I can move through my space with more ease. 
During this short two months I have learned what permanently handicap people face everyday.  I understand the need for  ‘barrier-free’ living. 
My grandfather had diabetes.  Back in the fifties his amputations started with a toe.  Then they took the leg and eventually the other leg.  As a young girl, I became his legs fetching things for him throughout the house. 
He lived with us and I thought nothing of the gadgets he cleverly created to accomplish the simplest of tasks.  After the second leg came off he used a wheel chair and ramps were built on our porch to ease his going in and out of the house.
He fashioned a tool out of wood, which extended his reach to the stove controls.  His bedroom was on the main floor but his workroom (he was a woodworker) was below in the basement. 
He added 2 ½ to 3 inches to the depth of each stair and made strong handrails on both sides of the steps.  Everyday he would pull himself up and down those stairs by the strength of his arms.  My grandfather did not give up because of his handicap. 
He moved through it.  Although a double amputee he determined to work around it and our home became ‘barrier-free.”
We as human beings become very inventive when need appears on our doorstep. Living green encourages us to continue to move forward removing the obstacles which may deter us from getting where we want to go. 
‘Barrier-free’ living removes those things that get in the way of movement.  Some people call that movement ‘chi’ or energy.  Look around your home right now and see where blockages hinder your pathways.  When determining the floor plan for furniture in a room, the main consideration is how the room is used and how convenient it is for inhabitants and guests.  Feng shui is more common sense than magic. Can you move easily from this space to that space?  While seated in a conversation area can you see each other comfortably? 
Is there a table nearby to place a drink showing compassion to others?  This is how we use our space to give subtle clues that the space is safe and our needs are being met.
Some people I work with may have the use of all of their limbs but trauma caused by unfortunate experiences has emotionally immobilized them.  My work is to set up the space encouraging gentle movement one step at a time.   Removing emotional barriers is as important as the physical ones. 
If things are in the way, move them.  Open up your space and you will open up your life to less stress.  Are your needs being met?  If not, bring in what you need to increase consideration to yourself and others. 
As we set up our space to serve our needs we will find that we reduce stress in our emotional lives and we become better equipped to face the world with a reserve of energy to give to others.
Your space tells your story.  Is your story one of obstacles and isolation or determination and perseverance?   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 Face Book at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.