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Green is where the Heart Is for December 4th, 2013

“Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.”
~Vladimir Nabokov

Contributing Writer

Randy pulled our 7’ pre-lit Sterling Palm tree out of the storage shed yesterday and today’s job will be to figure out how to reactivate the lights (at least half) that are not lighting up. 
He also brought up bins filled with my Spode Christmas china that I have collected for the past 38 years.  We will use it exclusively from Thanksgiving till New Year’s.  I am realizing how much time and energy it takes to get ready for this season of joy, peace and giving.  I want to play all the reindeer games, but I also want to keep my own sanity in tact.  By incorporating the principles of living green with feng shui, I stand a good chance to succeed in both.   
Feng shui is based on balance, movement and connection.  We determine good feng shui by how something makes us feel.  The colors of the holiday season, the smells, the sounds, the textures and even the tastes evoke memories of our past.  For the majority of us, the most prominent remembrances of feel good emotions take us back in our lives when we were six years old and younger.  Many times we fondly recall our grandmother’s home where things were safe, fun and full of love.  Close your eyes and bring to mind a holiday that was especially memorable to you.  Mine was the year I opened the coat closet door and there stood Patty PlayPal, a life size doll who became like a sister to me.  The smell of a fresh doll’s plastic is embedded in the cortex of my brain and she became my best friend joining us at the table for meals, riding in the car next to me, and sharing clothes that fit both of us, like good friends do. 
As my eyes are closed I can also smell the bayberry candles of the advent wreath and the wafting aroma of Ukrainian and Romanian cooking.  The traditional colors of red and green brought the elements of fire and wood into the home, which is good to spur activity and motivate to bring things to completion. 
Some years my mother chose to decorate with blue and white.  Intuitively the more peaceful colors calmed her nerves and may have helped put the peace back in an otherwise hectic time of year. 
This was the time of year to pull out the 78rpms that had Burl Ives and others singing Christmas songs and telling stories.  The crackling noise of the needle on the records is non-existent in today’s world of Ipods and Bluetooth technology.  It was also the time of year that the ‘once a year TV programs’ like Wizard of Oz and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer would be scheduled.  You had one chance to watch it and no chance to record it.  If you couldn’t be home to watch it, you missed out till next year. 
Do what you can to prepare but don’t overdo it or expect too much from yourself or others.  Live within your means.  Give from a place of love rather than obligation and if your budget is limited, be creative and find other gifts that may require your time instead of your pocketbook. Remember yin/yang means balance in all things.  Rev up the ‘chi’ and get motivated early to prepare as last minute anxiety is a downer on peace and tranquility and lastly, the most important feng shui guidance for this time of year is tao or connections.  This is a good time to tell your family and friends how important they are to you whether it is shown with a gift, a card or a phone call.  Share the love and remember, you are making memories for those around you who are younger.  Make sure they will live in their thoughts fondly.  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 FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.