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Green is where the Heart Is for February 20, 2013

“This life’s dim windows of the soul, Distorts the heavens from pole to pole And leads you to believe a lie, When you see with, not through, the eye.” ~William Blake

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

I love it when art and science meet.  Pyramid feng shui uses the ancient premise of creating a space that surrounds the inhabitants with safety, comfort and emotional connections and combines it with a new field of study called neuroarchitecture, the study of how stress, emotion and memory are affected by the architectural environment. 
Let’s consider windows for example.  People LOVE windows in their built environment.  Children cannot wait to go outside to play.  The sunshine on their skin, the fresh air to breath and wide, open spaces to run, frolic and use “outside” voices gives a freedom to explore and discover a vast world outside of themselves. 
You are not alone.  Birds sing.  Insects fly or crawl.  Wild animals share our planet. Friendly neighbors bring smiles.  We are connected.
Retreating back into the safety of home one can only imagine the vast world beyond the backyard. 
According to John Zeisel, PhD and designer of therapeutic environments for Alzheimer patients, “Just being able to see how the weather is and knowing what’s out there relaxes people and makes them feel more in control.”
But to every yin there is a yang.  Too much exposure can be equally disruptive. 
Windows in a home or office need to be changeable offering both a link to the outside world as well as providing privacy and protection. 
Many homeowners today forego window treatments to keep the connection to nature at hand but the elements can be harsh and unforgiving.  Windows need a protective covering and many a sad consumer realizes this after the navy blue color of an expensive quilt or area rug has faded to gray from the sun’s strong rays. 
Window coverings also need to offer privacy, a key component in feng shui.  Lack of privacy is stressful.  Not knowing who may be able to see you moving in your home at night with the lights on may produce a subconscious chronic condition readying the body for fight or flight. 
As adrenaline and cortisol are released in the body feelings produced by these hormones may cause anxiety, nervousness and weight gain.  Give yourself the gift of privacy.  Feel protected.  Feel connected. 
Create harmony.  Create peace.  Balance your space.  Balance your life.…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.