Feng Shui is not just a collection of superstitions.
Feng shui is a 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, and some U.S. cities have toyed with incorporating the techniques into their building codes. They know that when the elements of your environment are in harmony, and negative energy is deflected, there’s a flow of positive energy that brings balance and vitality to your life. Health, wealth, fertility, personal growth, and positive relationships will find you.
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 entwined with the five natural elements—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—that play a role in feng shui. The kitchen needs a little special attention.
Ideally, you shouldn’t be able to walk into your home and see the kitchen right off the bat. That would portend digestive and nutritional disorders because of all the coming and going. If your kitchen is visible from the entry you need to draw attention 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 situated beneath a bathroom that’s on an upper floor. Rotate the burner you cook on to keep your wealth circulating. Empty the tea kettle when you’re done using it: 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. Microwave ovens are convenient but don’t lead to serenity.
Reds, pinks, and purples overload a kitchen with fire and can lead to family squabbling at mealtime. You also 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— arrange nine of them together to bring the most power to the room.
Try to limit kitchen clutter. Unanchored objects disrupt the peace and they can drag you down with their extra weight, especially if you want to lose some weight of your own. Dieters will do best in a clutter-less kitchen. Keep counter tops clear and drawers and cupboards tidy. Don’t allow food to linger too long in your pantry or refrigerator—stale food will bring stale energy to your kitchen.
Trust your intuition.
You know when a place feels right. You might not be thinking about balance, harmony, and energy, but they’re there, and they’re best not left to chance.
Feng shui helps you get it right.