Take a little dash of water cold, and a little leaven of prayer,
And a little bit of morning gold dissolved in morning air,
Add to your meal some merriment, and a thought of kith and kin;
And then, as your prime ingredients, a plenty of work thrown in,
But spice it all with the essence of love, and a little whiff of play,
Let a wise old book and a look above complete the well made day.
— Preface in a Riverhead, Long Island church cookbook, 1910
As we continue to honor the magic of our homes during this traditional nesting time, we are exploring the art of Chinese placement, called feng shui,.
The kitchen is the most energetically “loaded” room in the house. Like all other rooms, it will pick up the vibrations of the energy, called Qi, that surrounds it. However, because it is where we prepare food, we then ingest that energy through the meals we eat. According to Feng Shui consultant, Nancy SantoPietro, our food picks up the vibration of where and how it was grown, the store where it was sold, your pantry where it was kept, the kitchen it was prepared in, and the energy of the cook who prepared it.
If it harbors the vibration of pesticides, a dirty or chaotic kitchen, or a frustrated, burnt-out or angry cook, it will be spiritually and energetically depleted long before it reaches your table.
So to start with, we can become much more aware of the sources and quality of the food we bring into our homes. If you eat animal products, how were those animals treated before they were sacrificed for your meal? What were they fed? What were their lives like? How respectful was the manner of their death for you? In addition, we need to consider what kinds of products, chemicals, genetic manipulation, and human labor energy went into the fruits and vegetables that grace our tables.
From a feng shui perspective, knowing more about the food we eat helps us to understand the Qi that is within our own bodies. After all, we are what we eat. So if our own physical bodies are vibrant with good Qi, we, in turn, draw to us to the people, events, and things that help us create a happy, prosperous life.
In addition, the kitchen itself is a vitally important room in the home because it represents the element of fire. In feng shui, this is thought, in turn, to fuel the energy force that activates wealth. The old adage “Your health is your wealth” is particularly true in traditional Chinese culture. The kitchen is viewed as a sacred place where the cook is revered and the “kitchen gods” are worshipped.
So tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some ways to make sacred and nurture ourselves by boosting the beneficial Qi in our kitchen.