Most of us have heard of Feng shui (pronounced ‘fung sway’) which was developed in China over 3000 years ago. In Chinese culture, wind (feng) and water (shui) are associated with good health. It's amazing to think that this is still in practice to this day. By placing furniture and objects in certain positions around your home the environment’s energy is helped to flow smoothly throughout. This creates a balanced energy and promotes well-being, prosperity and happiness in your life.
The Five Elements of Feng shui
To cut a very long story short, the basic principles of Feng shui are the 5 elements;
Wood (rectangle) enhancing creativity, self- awareness and personal growth.
Fire (triangle) represents passion, energy, excitement and transformation.
Earth (square) important for stability and grounding.
Metal (round) stimulates mental intelligence, keeps you focused and helps you think more clearly.
Water (wavy) foundation for healing and cleansing of mind, body and spirit.
Each of these elements is characterized by a specific colour. When you display these colours in their correct location, you stimulate the characteristics of each element. As all the elements have their own properties, they must be balanced correctly to bring their qualities into your life.
Many people (especially us!) will be confused with Feng shui as it's quite a complex subject, so if you’re interested to learn more there are plenty of websites with a bundle of information on the subject (too much for our little blog!). One thing that does stand out though, is the importance of living plants around the home. The freshness of a 'live' plant connects with nature and balances the energy, bringing harmony to your home.
The kitchen is an important room as it is part of the ‘feng shui trinity’ along with the bedroom and bathroom. Good Feng shui in your kitchen is as important as in any room in your home. Most of us consider the kitchen to be the ‘heart of the home’, a place to nurture. So, it makes sense that the same principles should apply in there as well.
Follow the Zen Pathway
Now, we all can’t start from scratch and redesign the whole kitchen but there are a few things you can easily do to follow the ‘Zen path’ and bring in some good Feng shui energy into your home.
The main practice of feng shui in the kitchen is to keep it clean and clutter-free, allowing positive energy to come in. Good lighting is also essential. Brighten the walls with a coat of paint, you will need to do some research on which colour to choose as different colours have different meanings.
Grow your own herbs
Growing your own indoor herb garden is a fantastic way of bringing positive energy in. Breathing in the wonderful aromatic aroma of the herbs is uplifting in its self and will catch you every time you walk into your kitchen.
Also, having access to fresh herbs can transform an ordinary meal into something special and reduce the need for salt and sugar meaning that you would be feel healthier without even trying! And let’s not forget the numerous health benefits and healing powers that are fantastic for your well-being.
So, for your mind, body and soul….what are you waiting for!