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Green is where the Heart Is for June 6, 2012

“I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry.  And I know you do the same things too.  So we’re really not that different, me and you.” ~Collin Raye

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Whether you are a regular reader of the Island Gazette or have just picked up this paper while on vacation, we have several things in common. 
We, as human beings, all want to feel GOOD.  Spaces that turn you “on” and make you feel good promote health and happiness in your life.  Look around right now.  How does your space make you feel?
Last Sunday we attended the movie, “War Horse” during the outdoor showing at the Lake in Carolina Beach.  The movie was good but the environment was awesome. 
Sitting outside under the full moon amongst a group of friends made the experience delightful.  I was a little chilly from the wind but Laura shared a blanket from the back of her car and it was all I needed. 
We had eaten at the new hamburger restaurant, “Hang Ten” before the movie.  I was glad to see I could substitute a garden burger for any of the regular burgers on the menu.  
The new owners did a nice job expanding the seating area on the inside, but the most desirable seating will always be the outside deck. 
Being free from walls, watching the activity of cars and people, smelling the salt air, feeling the breeze on your face and hearing the sounds of laughter of children close by created the ‘mood,’ enhancing our dining experience.  All of our senses were engaged.  We felt good.
Another mood enhancing event on the island is held every week is the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market at the lake.  Janet Knott and her team have created a healing space.  According to Esther Sternberg MD, author of Healing Spaces: the Science of Place and Well-being, outdoor farmer’s markets are an environment that can promote health and healing.
 If our senses can lead us to a "place of healing," it is no surprise that our place in nature is of critical importance in Sternberg’s account. The health of the environment is closely linked to personal health.
For our ancestors, getting food was a significant part of their everyday routine.  Food is deeply tied to cultural and traditional activities. 
Finding that food and being able to purchase it directly from the one that grows it makes the experience fundamentally more enjoyable than cruising the grocery aisles with no human interaction at all.
Artful Living Group will be creating a healing space on Thursday, June 7th 6:30-8:30pm during an artist reception for Candy Peagram.  Join us in welcoming her as your senses become engaged with human interaction, fun food and the childlike humor of her art.  Her pieces will be on display and for sale during the month of June. 
I know you will love them.  You see, we are not that different, me and you.  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.