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7 Feng Shui Tips For The Kitchen

picture-10 The kitchen is the central hub of the home, as the unified need to eat brings friends and family together. Therefore by being probably the most important room in the house the kitchen needs to feng shui’d to make the social centre of your home evoke yin energy by being sunny, cheerful and clean. The Kitchen is a place where family congregates both morning and evening whether it’s having one of your daily meals or planning the day’s events.

The kitchen represents prosperity and nourishment, so how you design the space in your kitchen could actually affect you health and wealth.

To ensure proper feng shui within your kitchen the following guidelines are a great place to start:

1. Choice of color

The colours in the kitchen should support your health and nutrition, therefore use bright sunny colours, or colours of earth elements. Colours such as yellow, which symbolises sunshine, deep browns, terra cotta and orange will give your home a grounded feel. Blue is representative of water and can be very calming whereas is the colour of new wood and represents healing. White which is a metal element can symbolize a clean and calming environment but can be too sterile, so it is advisory to mix some wood or fire elements in with the white to help break it up.

2. The stove

The stove is a fire element of your house and symbolises your homes financial wealth. It is a very important aspect of your home and should always be kept clean ain in proper working condition. The stove and the sink must not be together or face each other, because if they are together the water from the sink will extinguish the fire from the stove which can have a negative impact on your finances.

3. The flora element

Plants and flowers not only look pretty but they are a great way of providing healthy energy to the kitchen. To give healing and harmony to the space in your kitchen it is best to place your botanical items in the corners of the room, between the sink and the stove and on top of the refrigerator. It is also recommended not to have a microwave as they induce an unhealthy eating environment. If however (like most people) you do have a microwave, put a plant nearby to offset the harmful effects. Remember that plants clean and purify the air from harmful energy and toxins and help radiate good chi energy.

4. Light

Lighting is key to a feng shui kitchen and it is important not to have any dark corners, this can include many forms of lights with natural light being the best but if possible avoid fluorescent lighting. If you want to reflect lighting you can place mirrors on the wall which can also increase the feeling of space while also doubling your auspicious energy of the cuisine and the stove.

5. The counter-top

The use of barstools next to an overhanging work-top is always a nice touch as it promotes communication and activity. Countertops made from granite or tile will induce too much energy into your kitchen, therefore placing plants on the surface-tops will help to counterbalance this. Haveing a wood chopping block on the counter will help bring the wood element in too.

6. Clutter

Clutter can block good energy from flowing through your space, therefore it is always important to make sure you kitchen is clean and tidy. i.e. no plates or mail or unnecessary decor. The whole purpose is to simplify your lifestyle and de-stress yourself leaving you to be more organised, relaxed and spend more time on the things you enjoy in life. Do not just remove clutter that’s visible to the naked eye, this means removing old food from your refrigerator and cupboards, throwing out old pots and pans, anything that isn’t in good condition. Do not put pictures of your friends and family on the fridge as this will inundate them with cool negative energy. Make sure your garbage can has a lid to keep the dirty energy in and all cleaning products should be hidden from view.

7. Personalization and decoration

To make the most of your kitchen make sure you personalise the space with items to make it more yin energised. You can do this by adding vibrant coloured artwork, and designs which evoke the wood element. Displaying a full fresh fruit bowl is symbolic of wealth and abundance. If you are intending to install a tile backsplash behind your sink or stove it should have calming colours (see part 1). Cabinets should be clean lined in a white wash, or alternatively use wood elements of mahogany, oak, ebony, wenge or maple to symbolize the wealth chi. To make your kitchen smell wonderful when you are not in there cooking, use all natural beeswax or soy candles, diffusers and fresh flowers. During holiday seasons you can heat some water on a stove with some cinnamon sticks and cloves to make your kitchen smell like someone is baking in it!

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Feng Shui Tips For Your Kitchen

picture-4 Today I will be discussing easy tips you can use to create a wonderfully vibrant kitchen space. This important room contains the fire and water elements which represent nourishment and prosperity and wealth. Use these tips to create a kitchen that enhances the water element to bring good health to your family and brightens the fire element to bring wealth into the household.

• Yellows are good colors in the kitchen because they promote digestion. Red, brown and white are also good choices because they enhance the fire element. Try to avoid blue or black, as these colors are associated with water and tend to put down the fire element representing wealth and prosperity.

• Try to avoid placing the kitchen where you can see it when you enter the front door and try to locate the kitchen toward the back of the home. A kitchen at your entryway can mean that guests will come over to eat and then leave. This placement can also encourage inhabitants to eat all the time. Because you can’t always choose the location of your kitchen, you can remedy this location by placing a beaded curtain or a door between the front door and the kitchen door. Or, place a piece of eye-catching décor near the kitchen entrance to divert attention away from the busy on-goings of the kitchen.

• Try to keep the fire element appliances (such as the stove and the microwave) away from the water element appliances (such as the sink, dishwasher and the refrigerator). The typical western interior design triangle fits with this Feng Shui theory. To keep water and fire elements from interfering with each other, appliances should be separated by something made of wood or something representative of wood, like a plant or a picture of a plant.

• Fix leaky faucets. This means that your wealth is draining away.

• The stove, a fire element, represents wealth and prosperity. To best enhance this area of your life, make sure all burners function well and use all burners on the stove equally, as this represents getting money from multiple sources.

• Try to place your stove in a location where you can easily see the entrance to your kitchen. This puts the chef at the “command” station and a happy chef will make more nourishing health meals. If this placement is not possible place a small mirror behind the stove so you can see who is entering your space.

• Try not to place a window above a stove, because the heat represents prosperity and you don’t want your wealth to fly out the window.

• Declutter your kitchen. You wouldn’t put extra items that aren’t purposeful in the soup you eat. Don’t have them in the space where you prepare your soup either. De-cluttering the spaces you see as well as the hidden ones will help promote the flow of good chi energy.

Good lighting and good ventilation in your kitchen are keys to good health.

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Top 10 Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Your Home & Change Your Life

picture-28 1. The most important Feng Shui tip of all: clear the clutter! Ask yourself two questions about every item in your home: Do I love it? Is it useful to me right now? You need a YES to at least one - preferably both - of those questions to retain the item. Otherwise, it's not only NOT doing you any good, it's taking away some of the positive chi (life force energy) that might otherwise surround you. What you will have created is a sanctuary! Imagine this: stepping into a home where you're surrounded ONLY by items you love and that are useful to you. Everywhere your eye lands is pleasing to you. Pure bliss! It's truly an act of faith - having faith that God/Source/the Universe will indeed provide all that you need when you need it and you can let go of all that doesn't work for you right now. You can let go of the stack of magazines or old newspapers that is 6 feet high, because that information you need that's 6" off the floor will find its way to you through some other avenue, rest assured.

2. Make your entryway inviting. As people drive by - or walk by your apartment in the hall - they should be intrigued and pleased enough to want to get to know you. use mats, wreaths, banners, flags, color - whatever works for YOU - to design an entry that is alive, for the front door is the portal for all the Good of the Universe to come your way. Accordingly, USE your front door! If not every day - which would be best - at least every few days, bring your energy through those doors and invite in all manner of Good/God.

3. Claim your space! make sure you have house numbers - or apartment numbers - and your name clearly identified at your home's entry. If people can't find you easily and effortlessly, then Universal Abundance will have a hard time getting to you as well. After all, Publisher's Clearinghouse needs to know EXACTLY where to deliver that check!

4. Make sure all your doors and drawers do not stick. All should open easily and effortlessly. Don't put up with little aggravations, because they drag down energy - yours and the home's - in a BIG way. You'll be amazed what a difference it makes in your life when you literally have a good handle on things.

5. Replace all the burned-out light bulbs in the home and consider upping the wattage in key areas. Light is life! It's good chi. Efforts to find your soulmate or your career or good health can be helped by simply putting a little light on the subject. Enliven that area of the bagua (back right corner for relationship, center for health, center front for career) in your home and see if that area of life doesn't become just a little bit clearer for you.

6. Never seat yourself in a vulnerable position. Have a view of the doorway from your chair (whether it's your chair in the living room or your seat in the office). Just like the Mafia don or the bear in the cave, don't sit with your back to the door. You want to see what's coming up, don't you? Have a view of, preferably, ALL the doorways into the room. That way, you can rest easy and devote all your energies to the task at hand, whatever that may be.

***The same holds true for the cook standing at the stove. If you can't see the reflection of what's behind you in the microwave above your stove, place a mirror or reflective object at the back of the burners or on the wall. The stove is a financial center in your home, so if the cook is startled, finances may suffer.

***Ditto for the bedroom. Your headboard should not be along the same wall as the door. When you sit up in bed, you should be able to view the doorway across the room, but NOT be in the direct line of the doorway with your feet pointing directly out the door. Doorways and hallways channel the chi throughout the home. Those pathways are akin to streets, where the chi is active and threatening. Laying in the path of the door with the door closed is like laying in the street, but the light is red. How good does that feel?

7. Use ALL the burners on your stovetop to invite multiple avenues of prosperity into your life. Each burner represents one avenue of prosperity, so don't limit yourself and think that all your abundance comes just from that one paycheck. God wants you to prosper - in ALL ways! So overlay the bagua (hexagram) on the stovetop and when you cook (or if you don't cook, just boil water or potpourri!), set your intention to light a fire in your relationship (back right corner) or get your prosperity burning (back left corner), instead of just using the 2 burners in front. Knowledge (in both this dimension and beyond) is front left corner. Helpful People & Travel - which is all about connection and synchronicity and being at the right place at the right time - would be the front right burner. So if you need to stoke the fire in either of those areas, just set your intention and go for it!

8. Assure a meandering flow through your home, with no obstacles to your path. Feng Shui is all about bringing nature's flow indoors. Any obstacles to free, easy movement INSIDE your home or apartment can outpicture as obstacles to health, relationship, career, etc. OUTSIDE those walls.

9. Remember: "Wherever the eye goes, the chi goes." Pull your attention to that which pleases and uplifts you. That means, either keep your toilet seat down OR the bathroom door closed OR place beautiful plants, pictures or candles atop the toilet tank. After all, you don't want the positive energy in your home going down the toilet, so pull your eye away from that bowl.

10. Use the Three Secrets Reinforcement in every Feng Shui "cure" you implement. "Cures" are the actions you take to change the energy of your home. You can make those "cures" triply-effective by incorporating body, mind AND speech in all your efforts. That's the essence of the Three Secrets Reinforcement: Take an action, speak to your intention AND envision that glorious outcome coming true. Each of those elements - actions, words and thoughts - are powerful and can change the world. Imagine how life-changing it can be to incorporate all three!

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Kitchen Feng Shui: Do's and Don'ts

 

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Do -- Use your stove as much as possible. The stove represents your ability to maximize your potential. The more often you cook, the easier it will be to take advantage of opportunities for health, wealth and romance. 

Don't -- Display knife blades and scissors in the kitchen. The cutting energy of these tools can create conflict and anxiety. Stow knives in a wooden knife block, and store scissors in a drawer. 

Do -- Keep fresh food out for people to enjoy. Displaying healthy food lets people know that your kitchen is a place to be nourished and nurtured. A bowl of fresh fruit will support your emotional and physical health. 

Don't -- Let clutter accumulate in your kitchen. Kitchen clutter can manifest itself in your life as excess weight. If you want to keep the pounds off, get the clutter out of your cabinets, cupboards and drawers. Organize your storage spaces, and keep the counters clear of any equipment that you don't use on a daily basis. 

Do -- Keep one junk drawer in the kitchen. It's perfectly fine to have a drawer devoted to odds and ends in your house, and the kitchen is a sensible place to keep it. Just make sure that your junk drawer is well organized and can open and shut easily. Invest in one of those drawer inserts that has lots of different compartments for string, spare keys, batteries, superglue and whatever else you want to throw in there! 

Don't -- Store heavy or bulky items overhead. This will make you feel overwhelmed. If you have to store your pots and pans in an overhead rack, hang the rack in a place where you won't be working or sitting beneath it. 

Do -- Have a clear view of the entrance while you cook. Not only will you be more relaxed when preparing food, but you'll be better able to spot opportunities in other areas of life. If your stove faces the wall, position a mirror so that it reflects the entrance. A shiny kettle on the stove can also do the job, since its reflective surface will alert you to any movement behind you. 

Don't -- Leave water on the stove for long periods of time. This can dampen your passion for life. Empty the kettle when you're done using it. 

Do -- Make sure your plumbing is working properly. Leaking pipes and dripping faucets are signs that wealth is being drained from your life. 

Don't -- Forget to create a comfortable seating area in your kitchen. The more accommodating your kitchen, the easier it will be for you to get the love and support you need to thrive. 

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