The good luck di­gest

Spring clean your kitchen as food cooked in a clean and clut­ter-free en­vi­ron­ment res­onates with healthy vi­bra­tions

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Estates - - ESTATES - Monika Chawla

In feng shui, the kitchen is con­sid­ered the store­house of chi (pos­i­tive en­ergy) that op­ti­mally sup­ports the func­tion­ing and well­be­ing of the en­tire house. We are what we eat and noth­ing re­flects growth and pros­per­ity more ac­cu­rately than a healthy, clean and well-main­tained kitchen. It cor­re­sponds to the fiery Ma­nipura chakra (so­lar plexus) which is re­spon­si­ble for di­ges­tion and metabolism of the hu­man body. It also gov­erns the prana shakti or pow­er­ful life force which pul­sates in our be­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to an­cient Chi­nese medicine, the kitchen is a sa­cred space loaded with abun­dant yang en­ergy. Its im­por­tance in­creases sub­stan­tially in this year of the wooden green horse.

The el­e­ment of the kitchen is wood (wood feeds the kitchen fire which in turn pre­pares the food). Hence, our kitchen chi speaks vol­umes about how we nour­ish and nur­ture our­selves.

Keep in mind that we are what we eat. Food picks up the vi­bra­tions around it even be­fore it reaches your ta­ble to be con­sumed. Ques­tions such as — was it pre­pared in a hy­gienic, clut­ter free en­vi­ron­ment? Where is it sourced from? Was it stored in a pest-free pantry? Was it pre­pared it by a grumpy and burnt out or a cheer­ful one? Th­ese are very im­por­tant as the an­swers af­fect the qual­ity of food which ul­ti­mately gets con­verted into the much needed chi that is vi­tal for a healthy and pros­per­ous life. A chaotic and over­whelm­ing kitchen will quickly drain vi­tal en­ergy and de­plete your re­sources. So make sure all kitchen ap­pli­ances are well or­gan­ised, ac­ces­si­ble and in good work­ing con­di­tion. Clut­ter breeds chaos and even­tu­ally blocks or jams the flow of chi.

So, start by clear­ing out kitchen clut­ter (a good rule of thumb is to make a place for ev­ery­thing and keep ev­ery­thing in its place). Use or re­move the rest. For ex­am­ple: The junk that’s be­low the sink/pil­ing up in the cab­i­nets, old soda bot­tles, idle restau­rant fly­ers and bro­ken tools to name some. Cook­ing should be an en­joy­able, even spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence and not a mind­less ‘chore’ which is quickly pre­pared only to be later wolfed down in front of the tele­vi­sion. By chang­ing the way we ap­proach cook­ing and eat­ing, we will change our ap­proach to­wards life.

It’s sad that the kitchen is one of the top most ne­glected spa­ces in our homes. In the next part we shall ex­plore some ba­sic yet ef­fec­tive feng shui tips to re­vi­talise and re­vamp the kitchen area. Since our fi­nan­cial, emo­tional, spir­i­tual and men­tal health are so deeply linked to the health of our kitchen, we must take steps to gen­er­ate chi.


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