Six Simple Steps to Feng Shui Your Kitchen

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging objects and furniture in a certain way in compliance with the flow of healthy energy called chi, resulting in a balance of ying and yang and ultimately leading to harmonious surroundings. Feng (meaning wind) and shui (meaning water) symbolise the contrasting elements of ying and yang, the belief that we need both positive and negative energy to result in good fortune and tranquillity. Many devotees of feng shui believe it is a fundamental practice when it comes to the kitchen quarters. We are all familiar with that feeling of franticness when creating a complicated meal, or cooking for a large number.

Here at Chaat! magazine we believe that cooking should always be a pleasure, no matter how challenging a recipe may seem, and the art of feng shui may just be the answer if you often find yourself cursing in the kitchen.

In accordance with Chinese belief, the kitchen symbolises the element of fire, which is believed to channel the energy that creates wealth and prosperity. If you are a bit strapped for cash, then there’s no harm in giving your kitchen a feng shui make-over! The feng shui philosophy dictates that having your kitchen near the front or back door could cause positive feng shui energy to escape your kitchen, so perhaps that is why your purse is feeling a bit bare! But no need to give your house a complete renovation just yet, these simple changes to your kitchen can realign the flow of chi and leave you stress-free!

  1. The number one rule of feng shui in the kitchen is to make sure you do not have too much clutter. A cluttered kitchen can lead to a muddled mind, and no one wants to feel confused while cooking! Keep your kitchen simple and spacious, with any kitchen appliances neatly stored away.
  2. Fresh flowers not only look and smell gorgeous, but feng shui philosophy states that flowers also harness enriching energy. A happy cook creates heart-warming food, so if you have been feeling frustrated lately and it’s affecting your cooking, place a vase of flowers on your kitchen table or windowsill.
  3. When it comes to colours, the art of feng shui dictates that yellow symbolises good digestion, so there couldn’t be a better colour to paint your kitchen! Yellow is a bright, sunny and vibrant colour, refusing to keep a smile from your face while cooking.
  4. Make sure your oven is working correctly and kept clean. The oven generates wealth and prosperity, so if your oven is not functioning correctly, neither will your funds!
  5. Be aware of any leakages and make sure they are fixed as soon as possible. Water represents your emotions and the flow of income. If your refrigerator or sink tap is leaking, the rules of feng shui believe that this can result in an out-pouring of your negative emotions and your money draining away.
  6. If you prefer the old-fashioned method of hanging your pans over-head on hooks, this could affect your flow of chi. Feng shui law states that a safe kitchen protects you from negative energy and secures your acquisition of wealth. It is best to neatly store away your pans in cupboards and keep your knives in knife blocks.

These six simple steps of feng shui for the kitchen can lead to stress-free cooking, and who knows, you may just find your bank balance is a little brighter too!

Words by Rebecca Trussell

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