Luck! Prosperity! Harmony! Feng Shui Your Kitchen


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Feng Shui is not just a collection of superstitions.

Feng shui is a scientific system of aesthetics that adds up to a technique for living. Global businesses like McDonald’s and Disney are regularly guided by feng shui principles when they develop properties. Some U.S. cities have toyed with incorporating the techniques into their building codes.

When the elements of your environment (wood, water, metal, earth, fire) are in harmony, and negative energy is deflected, there is a flow of positive energy that brings balance and vitality to your life. Practitioners believe that health, wealth, fertility, personal growth, and positive relationships come to those living within a harmonious environment.

Feng shui in the kitchen

The kitchen is an important room in both Eastern and Western cultures. It’s the most heavily trafficked room of the house, and the place most closely aligned with a household’s prosperity and well-being. Eating is critical to the entire cycle of  health, humor, work, and family. It’s also associated with the natural elements that play a role in feng shui. It needs a little special attention.

Layout

Ideally, you shouldn’t be able to walk in and see the kitchen right off the bat, which portends digestive and nutritional disorders because of all the coming and going. If your kitchen is visible from the entry you need to draw eyes away from it by placing an eye-catching object or artwork in a different direction. The cook should been in command with a good vantage point. A cooking island is an excellent option.

The stove is all-important. It shouldn’t be under a window, face a bathroom, or be under one that’s on an upper floor. Rotate the burner you cook on to keep your wealth circulating. Since the stove is a fire element, water shouldn’t sit on the stove for long periods of time or it can dampen your passion for life. Empty the kettle when you’re done using it. Microwave ovens are convenient but don’t lead to serenity.

Color

Reds, pinks, and purples overload a kitchen with ‘fire’ and can lead to family squabbling at mealtime. But you don’t want to use too many ‘water’ colors like deep blues or greens that will compete with the ever-present fire of the stove. White symbolizes purity and cleanliness, so it’s always a good choice. If there’s not a lot of natural air and light, non-fluorescent lighting and circulating fans will keep the positive energy moving. Crystals will further magnify and enhance this.

What’s sitting out?

Knives can cut the energy flow so they should never be in an open rack with the blades visible. A hanging rack of pots and pans can be overwhelming. If you have one, make sure it’s not directly above an area where you cook or eat. Fresh flowers bring uplifting energy to the kitchen. Dried flowers are not recommended. Best of all is a bowl of oranges for good luck— nine of them brings the most power to the room

Try to limit kitchen clutter. Clutter disrupts the peace and drags you down with its excess weigh; literally— dieters swear by it. Keep counter tops clear and drawers and cupboards tidy. Don’t allow food to linger too long in your pantry and refrigerator— stale food brings stale energy to your kitchen.

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