Feng Shui in the Kitchen

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Cook Up Beneficial Chi for the Heart of the Home

The kitchen should be a joyful and nurturing space. Here are some Feng Shui tips to ensure energy is flowing smoothly.

Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art and science of energy flow, is practiced all over the world. The Chinese word for energy is chi; pronounced chee. We are surrounded by energy/chi at all times. It is the universal life force energy.

The primary goal of Feng Shui is to identify energy pathways in the home and to determine the most beneficial energy flow for the home’s occupants. Chi which is blocked, stagnant, or moving too quickly can result in missed opportunities, loss of health, vitality or happiness.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, where friends and family gather, so Feng Shui is especially important here. Chi in the kitchen affects food storage and preparation, as well as family health and happiness.

Clutter in the Kitchen Affects Feng Shui

Clutter is a constant source of frustration and frustration equals blocked chi. The kitchen should be a joyful place, not a room full of annoyances. With that in mind, have a good look at some kitchen clutter hot spots.

  • Doorways: All doors should open freely and without obstruction. This includes doors in and out of the kitchen, refrigerator and oven doors, cupboards and drawers.
  • Countertops: Storage is best under the counter, not on top of it. Only those appliances used on a daily basis should be stored on the counter. Knives represent “cutting chi” and should be stowed safely out of view.
  • Floor clutter: Clutter always attracts more clutter. Having to constantly step over or around piles of laundry, toys, shoes and so on can make one feel as thought life is a constant struggle.
  • Dust: Dust is clutter too!

Broken Items in the Kitchen Symbolize Blocked Chi

  • Hardware: This should be functional and in good repair. Fix any broken hinges or drawer pulls. Replace burned out light bulbs. Ensure that each stove element is working and rotate which ones are used to keep energy circulating.
  • Broken dishes: Broken or chipped dishes, glassware, cooking pots or utensils turn positive Feng Shui into negative. It is very important to discard these items.
  • Plumbing: Check for dripping taps or leaky pipes. These are symbolic of money and resources draining away. Discard dirty dish water immediately after washing dishes to avoid accumulation of stagnant energy.
  • Clocks: All clocks should be in working order and showing the correct time. A stopped clock in the home symbolizes stopped progress and dead energy, one’s life going no where.

Food Storage for Healthy Feng Shui

It is easy to ignore those expired cans of peas lurking in the back of the cupboard. But that’s exactly how beneficial chi turns harmful. Going through the pantry and refrigerator monthly will help to keep on top of food storage. Discard stale crackers (feed the birds!), rancid oils and spoiled food. Be mindful of collecting a lot of almost empty condiment containers. In Feng Shui terms, they represent an accumulation of unfinished projects in one’s life.

Invite Beneficial Chi into the Kitchen

There are a number of Feng Shui methods to invite beneficial chi into the kitchen. At the top of the list are sunlight and fresh air. Open curtains to let the strong morning energy in. Open windows daily to exchange the air, even if just for a brief amount of time.

Some modern kitchens are designed with a lot of straight lines and sharp edges. Remember that nature is full of natural curves. Sharp edges can be softened with plants, flowers (fresh, not dried!), fabrics and round shapes such as vases or flowerpots.

As much as possible, choose natural materials over synthetic ones. For example, a wooden cutting board instead of plastic or glass storage containers over plastic ones.

The home should be a place of joy and growth. Supporting the chi in the kitchen by using Feng Shui will strengthen the heart of the home.

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