Nourish the body, nourish the soul. The kitchen is the heart of the home and in Feng Shui (the Chinese art of placement) this key room represents nourishment and prosperity. It's important that the food we eat be prepared in an environment where there is good chi (energy). Therefore, a clean, harmonious kitchen is important to our physical health and our spiritual health.
Keeping the kitchen squeaky clean is not only good hygiene, it allows for a healthy flow of chi so that the cook may create delicious, healthy meals. One of the most important principals of Feng Shui is clearing clutter and in the kitchen this includes old, stale foods in the cupboards and refrigerator. It's also important not to have an excess of stored food, even in the freezer. To encourage prosperity, you have to have room to grow.
Along with keeping all appliances sparkling, they should be in good working order. Use all appliances regularly to encourage chi flow. Because the stove represents health and wealth, using all the burners equally symbolizes good things coming from multiple sources. To double prosperity, a mirror or reflective aluminum, may be placed at the back of the stove. This also allows the cook to be in a position to see what is going on behind his/her back thus keeping them in a position of command. It's particularly important to the honor the cook since they bring chi to the food we eat.
To balance the fire element in the kitchen, cooling white, light green, and blue are good colors. White particularly mediates between the water and fire elements in the kitchen. And, for a harmonious kitchen, it's better to separate opposing elements, such as the oven (fire) and the sink (water). If they are opposite each other, a green rug on the floor or a plant on a wooden kitchen island (also a good divider) between them is a pleasing remedy.
Plants, flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables all encourage healthy chi flow. When the kitchen is welcoming, the heart of the home is filled with positive, healthy energy which overflows to the rest of the house and the family that lives there.
For many people, the bedroom represents a home's emotional center. As a place to sleep, recharge our lives, spend time with partners and center ourselves, the bedroom's visual and sensory environment is a vital factor in our daily routine. Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement, teaches us how to create balance using simple but profound principles of design. Engendering harmony in the bedroom is especially effective in helping to find and improve intimate relationships. As you begin to make changes in the bedroom's aesthetic environment, opening it up to healthy energy or Chi, you will discover that these improvements will generate corresponding changes in your emotional life.
Originating more than 3,000 years ago, Feng Shui practice places importance on establishing a sense of balance in the bedroom, even in areas hidden from plain sight, as physical disorder can represent a sense of mental disarray. To that end, the lighting should be warm and inviting, neither too harsh nor too dim. Placing the head of your bed against a solid wall and never directly in front of the door will also create a feeling of security. To avoid obstructions in your stream of feelings, remove large living plants, furniture with sharp angles or anything sharp and metal from your bedroom. In place of hard edges, make sure that the bedroom has an open, flowing feel, with a door that opens easily and completely.
You can open your bedroom to love by making room for two in the far-right corner opposite the door, the traditional relationship area. This is a good place for flowers, a round mirror signifying unity and two red candles, signifying joy, love and stimulation. Because the images which surround you have such a deep affect, remove all imagery that conveys solitude, loneliness and aggression. Consider replacing them with a pink Feng Shui crystal or artwork of two mandarin ducks or cranes, a traditional symbol of trust and soulful commitment.
Begin creating a Feng Shui bedroom by clearing the path of Chi from the front door of your home to your bedroom, clearing any obstructions that could block the energy. Then locate the love and relationship area within your bedroom, either in the far-right corner facing the door or using a compass to find the southwest corner. After activating the correct area, you can begin to remove negative images and replace them with objects that help to bring harmony to your most intimate self and joy to your closest relationships.
A well-kept home can be compared to a living being in optimal health—it is fueled by intention, thrives when in balance, and relies on the energy of life itself for sustenance. Feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of harmonious placement, describes the living room as the heart of the home. Maintaining the gentle flow of chi, or life energy, is important since it is the home where members of a family and the larger community come together to engage with one another in fellowship. A living room that is organized and decorated in accordance with the balancing principles of feng shui is inviting, encourages relaxation and conversation, and makes all who enter feel content.
All of this can be accomplished by simply changing the physical and aesthetic character of a room. When its flow is blocked by furniture, walls, or doorways, we tend to feel uneasy and become less satisfied with life as a result. Promoting harmony in a home's living area is simple when it is regarded as both a single, unified space and a collection of smaller regions of space. First, stand in the room's main doorway to examine your living room as a whole. Look for and clear away clutter— the rightmost side of the room can inspire stability in close personal relationships, while tidying the leftmost side will increase your prosperity potential. Release stagnant energy by orienting chairs and sofas in a ring, veiling harsh angles with plants or ornamental screens, and using other furniture to break up direct pathways. A fireplace that serves as the focal point of the room stimulates passion and openness, while sculptures absorb negativity.
If the structural design of your living room does not allow you to decorate in accordance with the principles of feng shui, there are steps you can take to ensure that balance is nonetheless maintained. Mirrors, fountains, chimes, crystals, and aquariums all redirect the flow of chi, while also attracting luck, abundance, and peace. Adding warm colors such as pinks and reds to the living room can be curative even when no other changes are feasible. It does not matter how large or small your living room is, nor how fancy or plain. Address the energy needs of the heart of your home, and you will find your home as a whole is soon imbued with a new harmoniousness that manifests itself indelibly in your existence.
Most of us resonate with the sound of water. Whether it's the powerful roar of a waterfall, gentle waves lapping at the shore of a lake, or the cheerful bubbling of a creek, water sounds are pleasing to our senses.
Water is an essential component of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement. It is also an important element in the Japanese garden, which is all about creating harmony. Flowing water encourages a healthy movement of chi or ki (energy), an important principal in Asian aesthetics. Water also symbolizes wealth and to invite prosperity into your life, it's helpful to have a source of water in or near your home. It's even more beneficial to have a water source that's flowing, such as a fountain.
Water fountains for the home and office are now readily available and affordable. There are many designs from small, tabletop fountains to elaborate waterfall sculptures that you can hang on your living room wall. You can very easily design your own fountain with a waterproof bowl and a pump readily available at home and garden nurseries. Add some shells or rocks and a few water plants if you like, and you have a mini oasis.
As important as the type of fountain you choose, is the placement of the fountain in your home. Generally, the north, east, and southeast sectors of your home are good places for flowing water. Another great place to have a fountain is near the main door where you can encourage chi into your home. The foyer or porch, just outside the front door is a perfect place for a water fountain. Just make sure the water flows towards the entrance to your home. Falling water also deflects negative chi from coming into your home.
In addition to creating good chi, home fountains can help humidify your house and keep dust down. And, of course, listening to the soothing sounds of water is very relaxing.
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