Set up a chi-rich culinary space
All the five Chinese elements interact in the kitchen, making it a difficult place to balance positive energy
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In the year of the Chinese Wooden Horse (Jan 31, 2014 to Feb 2015) the kitchen plays a prominent role in determining one’s prosperity and good fortune. In the second part I am sharing some practical and simple tips to generate chi (positive energy), ward of negativity and attract abundance in general.
All the five Chinese elements (of wood, water, air, fire and metal) interact freely in the kitchen and that’s precisely what makes it difficult to keep the delicate balance between them in place. Here’s how we can make your hearth the heart of your home:
Location: The kitchen should not be the first thing seen as one enters home. Neither should it be in the centre of the house/under a bathroom or adjacent to the bathroom. Ideally your kitchen should be in the south or south west area of your space.
The basics: Organise your storage space in an accessible manner and get rid of unused or expired food items. The Horse is a fuss free animal who prefers functionality over frills. So, remove the grime, polish the slabs and make it spic and span. Kitchen cleaning amounts to detoxifying the energy of your house.
Lighting and ventilation: These factors can play a stronger role than you think. So as you clean, don’t forget to keep the exhaust fans and chimneys dirt and soot free. Since sunlight is a natural disinfectant, let it in whenever possible. It is more soothing and energising than fluorescent/halogen lights.
Colour scheme: Go for pastels, whites and soft blues in the kitchen. Keep blacks, reds, fiery orange and purples at bay. The colour scheme should be neutral i.e. no strong fire or water elements should play a role.
Stove: It is the powerhouse of energy.
Repair or remove: Broken gadgets and defunct utensils. In feng shui, water going down the drain, literally equates withwealth drainage. So snake those drains, repair leaky faucets and plumbing defects.
The fridge: It is a cooling device and should not be positioned directly opposite the microwave or mouth of the oven (both are heating devices). Fire and water are clashing elements that will produce anxiety, exhaustion and stress.
Scents: A herb garden is an excellent way to have gardenfresh aroma wafting in all day. Kitchens that reek of strong odours are not considered good feng shui. If a garden is not pos- sible, nurture a healthy potted plant to bring in the wood element.
Mirrors: Mirrors in the kitchen area are a big no-no, especially ones that reflect stove flames, dirty drains and garbage found in and around the precints. A peninsula or island in the middle of the kitchen is a trendy, functional and highly feng shui compliant idea! However, avoid sharp triangu- lar shapes and pointy corners. Introduce the more grounding earth element instead; yellow /beige mats, rounded counter tops, especially for the overall peace and harmony.