10 Feng Shui Tips For Your Kitchen

Feng Shui - What's That Then? Can The Chinese Have Got It Wrong For Thousands Of Years?

First of all, let's agree on how to pronounce this Chinese art. Most of us don't have too much trouble with the "Feng" bit. It is generally pronounced how it looks but try this; say "thing" then say "theng" then say feng. Now for "Shui". Say "shoe" now say "shoe-wee". There you are, you can now speak Chinese!

What does it mean?" Not content with speaking it, you now want to understand it! Literally translated it means "wind and water."

Feng Shui is a description about how the "chi", or the energy of the life force, flows around us and influences our lives. The main aspect of this energy is that it should be in balance, and this is why this symbol on the l eft of "Yin" and "Yang" is one used in the Feng Shui art.

Yin characteristics are: even number s, female, the moon, the earth, cold or cool feeling s, night, darkness, soft, stable, closed, come (towards), down (directions), right (side), back, small, loyalty.

Yang characteristics are: odd number s, male, the sun, the sky, hot or warm feeling s, day, light, hard, moving, opened, go (away), up (direction), left (side), front, large, mercy.

The only other aspect of Feng Shui we shall discuss he re is the five elements. There are no good or bad elements but each one has its own influence on the other.

The five basic elements are metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. The Chinese believe that these are the basic elements of the universe and everythi ng in our world is an amalgam of the five elements.

Many aspect of life has the five elements character. The individual objects, directions, colours, time, food and even our internal organs. The most important of all is the balance of all five elements.

There are colours associated with each element. They are:
Metal - White, Aqua blue
Wood - Green, hunter green
Water - Black, navy blue
Fire - Red, light purple
Earth - Yellow, light brown

If you want to learn more about this in triguing subject (for Westerners that is, it's a way of life in the East) just Google "Feng Shui" and you'll end up with more information than you could devour in a lifetime.

However, if you think there is something in it, we have collated 10 Feng Shui Tips For Your Kitchen below . enjoy . and prosper!
1. The kitchen should not be the first room you want to see when you enter your house.

2. The kitchen should not be located below a toilet or adjacent to it.

3. The kitchen should have several levels of lighting, creating an airy and spacious, clean, bright and welcoming environment

4. Keep the kitchen simple and do not overload it with gadgets.

5. De-clutter worktops and cabinets alike.

6. Fresh flowers bring uplifting energy to the kitchen. Place a bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers, or a living plant in your kitchen.

7. Always use bright Yang colours like oranges, greens, browns and bright yellows as this is the Yang sector of your home. Yellow (any shade) is very good for digestion.

8. The cooker should not face the front door under any circumstances.

9. Fire and water should not be aligned side by side or directly opposite the each other. Separate the two with a partition made of wood if you don't have a choice.

10. The kitchen is a perfect place to grow herbs and vegetables. Any green growing plant will vitalize your space; growing food increases your ability to generate wealth exponentially. Whenever you water your plant, visualize that you are investing in your future and caring for your financial needs.