As we approach the final New Year of the year, that is, the astrological New Year at Equinox, we have an opportunity for setting new intentions for this cycle of growth and renewal. Our homes are our most intimate environment, and they most clearly reflect our Higher Self. And the quality of energy in our homes, in turn, shapes us over time.So by working with the ancient art of feng shui, we can use intention to attract to us the positive things, people and events our souls desire.
Like many wisdom teachings, feng shui reminds us that people have Qi, the word that describes the powerful life force energy that runs through all things. How and what we eat brings into our very bodies the Qi that fuels every aspect of our existence. Thus, the kitchen is a powerful indicator of how we nurture ourselves.
Feng Shui consultant Nancy SantoPietro suggests that the process of cooking can become an active meditation ritual, because eating is, whether we are aware of it or not, a spiritual experience. From a feng shui perspective, she notes, “If you change your perceptions about cooking and food, you will change the way you feed yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially. Allow cooking and food to become an act of nurturing, and not a chore, and you will begin to see your abundance and prosperity grow.”
While the energy of wealth can be generated from many other areas in your home, the kitchen is probably the most significant area since it is a “fire energy” room. After all, the stove is the main appliance, generating a flow of Qi, which enters the kitchen space through the burners. And it fires up the energy that attracts prosperity. Therefore, the stove position is the most important interior factor in the kitchen for wealth and abundance.
Nancy suggests that ideally, when at the stove, the person cooking should be facing the most frequently used kitchen entrance way. Facing the door is an important principle in feng shui, because the Qi of the room enters the space through its door.
Therefore, the cook’s station at the stove should face the doorway. Nancy notes that the currently popular center “island” or “peninsula” stove layouts make this possible and are very favored in feng shui design.
Cooking with your back to the doorway can cause stress, anxiety, and exaggerate financial challenges. But if you’re one of the many people who can’t change your stove’s position, there are some feng shui cures for this problem. I’ll share some of them tomorrow!