I detest…anything over-cooked, over-herbed, over-sauced, over elaborate. Nothing can go very far wrong at table as long as there is honest bread, butter, olive oil, a generous spirit,
lively appetites and attention to what we are eating.”
— Sybille Bedford, English author, b. 1911
We continue to honor the Element of Earth, the Guardian of the North and Winter, time of hearth and home. The art of feng shui is one way to have our homes reflect our Higher Self, and therefore to both reflect, and attract to us the positive things, people and events our souls desire.
In particular, the kitchen is a great metaphor for how we nurture ourselves. While the energy that brings abundance and wealth to us can be enhanced in every room of our homes, the kitchen has the most impact, since it is a “fire energy” room. That’s because the stove is the main appliance, generating a flow of Qi, which enters the kitchen space through the burners. It brings with it the energy draws in prosperity. Just as the bed position in the bedroom is most significant for governing our love relationships, the stove position is the most important interior factor in the kitchen for wealth and abundance.
Feng Shui consultant, Nancy SantoPietro, suggests that ideally, when at the stove, the person cooking should be facing the most frequently used kitchen entranceway. Facing the door is an important principle in feng shui for every room, because the Qi of the room enters the space through its door. As you’ll recall from our previous days’ discussions, Qi is the life force that, like breath, fuels and nurtures every aspect of our lives
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.
A cooking position that doesn’t face the kitchen doorway can cause stress, anxiety, and exaggerate financial challenges. But if you’re one of the many people whose back is to the door and you can’t change your stove’s position, there are some feng shui cures for this problem. One is to place a mirror on the back wall of the stove, making sure that when hung, it doesn’t “cut off” anyone’s head in the reflection.
Another possibility is to attach a 3- or 5-inch convex mirror to the microwave door or overhead vent above the stove. This adjustment will allow you to look up into the mirror and see the kitchen door behind you (and without the unfortunate illusion of your family member’s head being missing in the reflection). In addition, you might want to hang a metal wind chime over the “cook’s station.” This pleasant remedy will offset any negative energy that may be coming in from behind you.