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Inexpensive Kitchen Qi

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers.  The original meal has never been found.
— Calvin Trillin

The art of feng shui is one way to spruce up our homes for Spring.  It can enhance the home’s positive life force energy, called Qi, which, in turn, becomes a template for the energy we send out and receive in the wider world.  And according to the principles of feng shui, the kitchen is the most important room for creating prosperity and abundance.

Besides the major undertaking of repairs, renovations or rearranging your major appliances, there are lots of small ways to enhance the Qi of your kitchen. One is simply to let it reflect who you are. Try personalizing it. Display fun items, add color, buy new potholders and dishtowels. This time of year, there are lots of great sales going on to buy these things for very little investment.

Toss in a few special touches, like cheerful artwork or beautiful cookware, or maybe a new back splash with beautiful tiles. Flip through home decor magazines or walk through a home improvement store, and be on the lookout for ideas that can enhance the feelings of abundance and joy in your kitchen.

By the way, if you continue to use shabby, worn out utensils and accessories, you are sending the energy of lack into your kitchen (and food), creating a sense that you are impoverished. This will play out in other areas of your life.

Of course, if you have older kitchen items that you keep for sentimental reasons, there is no reason to get rid of them, simply for the sake of something new. To know the difference, just notice whether every time you use them, you have happy memories, and perhaps feel the blessing of an ancestor. This is very good Qi.  Use only items that bring you joy and contentment, not sorrow, regret, or annoyance.

Basically, your kitchen should be a feast for the senses, with every item feeling, to you, pleasurable and prosperous. Use colors that stimulate or soothe, depending on your temperament.  According to one feng shui expert, wall colors representing the fire element like red, pink, purple should be completely avoided in the kitchen.  These colors cause disharmony and lead to arguments in the household. On the other hand, colors like white, beige, light green and blue give a soothing effect.

Textures should be sensual, and rich; there should be only clean smells, pleasing dishes and utensils, neat and tidy spaces. Not only will this make your cooking and preparation activities more enjoyable, it infuses everything with positive energy, which will flow far beyond your kitchen doors.

Look for more simple but powerful ideas tomorrow!

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  • March 25, 2010, 10:15 am Regina

    Another awesome post, Beth!
    I’d like to add another note on color in Feng Shui (which may make this a little more involved than some people would want to go). Depending on where the kitchen (or any other room) is located, certain colors may be more appropriate or harmful than others. For instance, my kitchen is located in the area pertaining to wood (according to my chosen Feng Shui school). The colors associated with that element are green (wood) and black (water — the idea being that water feeds wood). The colors I should absolutely NOT have in my kitchen are white and yellow (white = metal and yellow = earth…. the idea here being that metal harms wood and earth just makes more metal).
    And of course my kitchen has a huge white metal refridgerator & stove and the walls are painted yellow. SO…. in this instance, I had to bring in lots of red. Red = fire…. and fire melts metal.
    I realize that this may be far more involved than anyone wants to get, but I just wanted to emphasize that color in Feng Shui really does have an impact! 🙂