We often hear that the Kitchen is the “Heart” of the home. This common saying correlates with every home and every family, however in Feng Shui those words carry even more weight. Long ago in China, only the “upper class” people had access to kitchens and the option to prepare food in their homes, and owning a stove was a symbol of prosperity. Times have dramatically changed since then, however, the stove still represents wealth and prosperity in Feng Shui practice.
A kitchen is the place where we prepare and store the food we consume. The food we take in directly impacts our health, so the quality of Chi in the kitchen impacts the quality of food we take in. As everything is energy, food absorbs the energy from the person cooking it as well as the energy from the environment. Therefore, the kitchen environment and everything that is happening in the kitchen has a far deeper impact on our wellbeing than we realize.
Energy is never wasted; it can only be changed from one form to another. So, when we cook with love, we distribute that nourishing energy all the way to the body cells of our loved ones, positively charging their immune system. Kitchen really is the pulse of our homes that sets the beat on the quality of our wellbeing.
How to Improve the Quality of Chi in the Kitchen
Materials that are easy to clean, lots of natural light and fresh air will improve the energy conditions of the space. Natural materials work particularly well as they support and allow Chi to flow freely. For instance, a material such as polished stone will bring in more of active Yang energy, while natural timber will slow the Chi down, calming the energy with Yin influence.
Regarding the kitchen’s position, a position where a person cooking can see who is coming in and out of the kitchen when cooking is ideal. Ideally, the stove should not be visible from the front door. Of course, no space is perfect, and it is very hard to meet all Feng Shui requirements in a space.
A gas stove burner is always a better choice than electric cooking tops, as electric stoves generate EMF that interferes with the quality of Chi in the food. Make sure that the stove is always clean, and that all rings are in working condition.
Fire and water elements clash, so the stove and sink should not be next to each other or directly opposite one another. To prevent the conflict of these elements, the stove, sink, and refrigerator should be diagonal from each other, forming a triangle with the corners at a minimum of 1.2m to 3m apart.
A dirty or cluttered kitchen results in a buildup of stagnant and negative energy. This negative energy can have an unfavourable impact on your motivation to cook and prepare food. It will therefore also influence your health and wellbeing, and your prosperity aspects. Same goes with the situation when there are wet areas in the vicinity or adjacent to the kitchen.
As I have mentioned before, we will always face situations that are considered unfavourable according to Feng Shui principles. As in life, we need to make the most of it.
If we are unable to make structural changes to remedy these situations, we can always make sure that wet areas are sparkling clean. Lots of plants will help purify the air, and make sure that the doors to wet areas are closed. All waste and cleaning products need to be stored out of sight, and garbage must be taken away daily. The best way to maintain good Chi in your kitchen is to adopt the habit of putting away dishes and wiping all surfaces every evening, emptying the bin, and starting every morning with a clean and fresh slate.