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Green is where the Heart Is for November 27th, 2013

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large
amount of Gratitude.”  ~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

A heart big or small, filled with present moment Gratitude is the connection of oneself with other people and the world, creating a positive triad I call Living Green.  Research has shown this ‘attitude of gratitude’ produces many benefits, physical, psychological and social such as stronger immune systems, better quality sleep, the experience of more joy and pleasure, optimism and happiness and less lonely and isolated feelings. 
As Gratitude becomes a way of life, one can harness this force to heal, energize and change lives in a positive, productive way. 
We all view life from our unique personal perspectives gazing through a lens of love or fear.  Two people can have the same experience and one will find the glass half empty and the other, the glass half full. 
Those who view life through the lens of fear feel angered when a sense of fairness is threatened.  Fear gives way to pettiness, impatience and selfishness and the endless babbling of the ‘monkey mind.’  When it comes to a mind-set of Gratitude, love is really all there is.  
According to Robert A. Emmons Ph.D, author of books such as, Gratitude Works!:  A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity, the benefits of Gratitude increase as we experience two components. 
First is the affirmation of goodness that life is good as a whole and we can identify those things that make this a true statement in our lives.  The second piece of this gratitude pie is acknowledging where that goodness comes from.  To whom do you give thanks? 
The recognition of the source of this goodness creates a ‘humble dependence’ upon God, a higher power or other people around you and it is in that connection that we acknowledge ‘we are not alone.’  According to Emmons, it is the folks who recognize that what they have accomplished in life was never solely of their own making.  Along with hard work and luck there were also external influences who helped them along the way…..a teacher, a stranger, a friend, their God. 
Another important feature of a heart filled with Gratitude is the ability to receive for it is in this reciprocity that the yin/yang of receiving and giving, oil the healthy wheel of life, generating generosity, forgiveness, compassion and kindness.  It may be more blessed to give than to receive but a heart of Gratitude is balanced in both. 
During this season of Thanksgiving, I encourage you to push the envelope a little deeper. Remember a time in your life that felt devastating. 
Follow your path to your life today.  How did this life changing event affect your future?  Find the positive in that situation.  As you reframe your memory, the power of Gratitude can take effect.  Make Gratitude a daily state of mind continuing through the year.
And, by the way, I want you to know that I appreciate you.  Yes, YOU.  Without you I would not be writing these words.  So thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving.  We are in this together, you know.  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.