Monday, October 10, 2011

Your Kitchen...The Soul of Your Home

Your Kitchen …The Soul of your Home
By Cheryl Grace

“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.”
—Louis Parrish

Feng Shui doctrine considers the kitchen to be one of the most important rooms in the house, as it is the heartbeat of the home. Family and friends love to gather together and celebrate while the cook prepares the food. When the cook is happy, it’s good feng shui!

People like to hang out in the kitchen therefore it can become a haven for clutter with toys, gadgets, mail, and back packs. It’s important to return your kitchen to a clean and uncluttered space after each meal. The feng shui motto is, “use it everyday or put it away!” When you clear your counters, you refresh and energize the whole kitchen and make plenty of room for creative cooking, planning, and sustaining a calm environment.

Feng Shui is based on the principle that everything is interconnected energetically. If your stove is against the wall as many are, your back is to the room. This position is not placing you in the rank of power, or the command position. If your back is exposed, you may feel uneasy that someone can sneak up on you unexpectedly. That unsettled energy can be communicated to the food you prepare and have a ripple affect throughout the day. To correct this situation, place a mirror over the stove so you can see who is behind you.

If a mirror behind your stove is not a viable, any reflective artwork will serve the purpose. The reflection doubles the abundance, for example, from 4 stove top burners to “8”. Food is associated with health and wealth. Use all burners regularly. When we have a steady income, we can afford to buy foods that nourish and sustain our good health. By buying the most nutritious food we can, we take good care of our health and increase our ability to concentrate, succeed in all of our endeavors, and enjoy an abundant life.

Have an eye for safety. When you have the opportunity, design countertops that curve or have rounded corners. Knives go into the drawer for safety sake or if you have a knife caddy, put it into a cabinet and bring it out only when you are cooking. Your kitchen will be more peaceful if they are out of sight.

Your kitchen workspace should be spacious, clean, organized and well lighted, preferably with non-fluorescent lights. These bulbs cast cold white light that fails to add any ambience and warmth to the kitchen. Instead, replace the bulbs with environmentally friendly lighting.

Adding soothing music helps calm the nervous energy and allows the preparation to be fun. Turn off the kitchen TV and listen to the sounds of chopping, mixing and stirring. It has a rhythmical dance to the process and can be quite soothing.

It is not considered good Feng Shui to have a view of your kitchen from the front door or entryway, especially the refrigerator. You can find ways to creatively block this view, including keeping the door between the kitchen and the entryway closed, or using something like a plant stand with flowers. If you are having any issues with weight management, seeing a view of the kitchen when you first come in from a hectic day begins a mental trigger of desiring food. Find ways to move through the house to a quiet place to regroup before your evening begins.

If your floor plan has a kitchen adjacent to a bathroom, keep the door closed at all times, along with the toilet seat and the sink stopper.

Invite prosperity into your kitchen and create a happy environment for family and friends. Your joy will rejuvenate all who enter. Fill your kitchen with color and create a vibrant, playful place to allow prosperity and creativity to flourish.

If you have a question on how to redecorate your home and improve your life using feng shui principles, email or send your question to Natural Awakenings Magazine, c/o Cheryl Grace, and your question may be featured in a future article.

Cheryl Grace is a professional Feng Shui consultant and nationally certified Interior Refiner. Cheryl is the 2008-2011 Winner of the Natural Choice Award for Preferred Feng Shui Practitioner. For more information on how a Feng Shui consultation can improve your life, contact Cheryl at (941) 400-3816 or visit Cheryl is also available speaking engagements and seminars.

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