Cooking up Good Chi: The Fundamentals
The kitchen is the hearth and heart of your home, and it's especially important for that room to have good chi. Following is a helpful checklist:
l Eliminate clutter. Throw away what you can't use; donate or recycle what will serve others.
l Keep your kitchen clean, since it represents prosperity in the form of good health and wealth.
l Allow the maximum amount of good chi to pass freely through your kitchen, invigorating and nourishing all of the inhabitants of your home.
l Maintain ventilation to circulate chi and clear the room.
l Light and color are very important. Overhead, full-spectrum lighting is best.
l Earth colors, like forest green, which is associated with growth, balanced with bright white, work best in kitchens.
l Cook up good chi using the freshest ingredients. Buy only what you know you will use. Balance meat with fresh vegetables, and appeal to all senses throughout each dining experience.
l In Chinese thinking, you literally are what you eat, so try to balance yin and yang foods.
l Include ancestors in the family dining experience, through photos, recipes, or a place at the table, and give thanks to the Universe for every meal so that you will continue to be so blessed.
As you continue to use feng shui, certain practices will become habit. Occasionally review the list, however, to remind yourself of your intentions, and refocus your energies where needed.
Open the Air
Ventilation is another area worth consideration in the “fengtional” kitchen. Cooking delectable dishes can have the unpleasant “aftertaste” of thick, smoke–filled air that lingers long after the meal has been digested. Install a ceiling fan if you don't have over–the–stove ventilation; an overhead fan will keep the air (and chi) circulating throughout the kitchen and its surrounding areas.
If you live in a place where you cannot install a ceiling fan, consider opening windows and hanging a wind chime in the window over your sink. This will also work well as a cure for stagnant cooking–related air.
Removing grease and debris from your cooktop regularly can also help cut down on the smoke–filled air that can fill your kitchen, block good chi, and choke your prospects for wealth.
For both feng shui and safety reasons, be sure to check your kitchen for proper airflow on a regular basis.
Optimize Light and Color
Light and color are very important to the development of a healthy and “fengtional” kitchen. If you have few windows in your kitchen, light is even more important to generate lots of positive chi. You should always have plenty of overhead lighting in your cooking and eating areas, and it is best to use full–spectrum lighting that is closest to outdoor lighting. Never use fluorescent lighting in your kitchen, since it is oppressive. Ceiling fans with lights in them work well, because they allow you to alternate light and motion, or use them full–strength together.
Remember that in Asian culture, white represents death and mourning. If your kitchen is mostly white, bring in other elements, brighter colors, and items that symbolize health and life.
In terms of color, earth colors like forest green balanced with bright white work best in kitchens. Green is associated with life and growth, so it is an ideal kitchen color. Country blues, beiges, and warm tones are okay as a second choice, provided there's lots of good lighting. Stark, white kitchens should be avoided–not only do they look “clinical” in Western culture, but in Asian culture, white represents death and mourning. If your kitchen is mostly white, you can balance it well with brightly colored pictures of healthy fruits and vegetables. This will bring vibrant energy to your kitchen!