The Vasthu Vibe
Keeping the gods happy is the key to designing flowing, open spaces that swirl with good energy
Continued from page 2
The kitchen and the bathroom were more problematic. For a while, I contemplated installing a small stove in the guest bathroom and cooking there. But our guest bathroom is a tiny, dark space that wasn't conducive to the pleasant aromas of cooking. Turning our kitchen into the bathroom was even more problematic. The only thing I could do was to wash my daughter's hair in the kitchen sink. I vowed to do that at least once a week to propitiate the Vasthu gods.
Finally I had an idea. I would move my spice cabinet into the guest bathroom. I quickly bought a tiny spice rack and filled it with all the Indian spices--cumin, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, black mustard seeds and peppercorns. I nailed my spice cabinet with its assortment of spices on the southeast corner of my apartment, just above the showerhead in my guest bathroom. Guests could stand in the shower and savor the aromas of Indian spices as a prelude to my cooking, I figured.
A week after I finished my Vasthu rearrangement, small miracles happened. No, I didn't win the lottery nor did my husband get a promotion. But our daughter finally got admitted into a preschool after months of nail-biting anxiety. Our kitchen floor never flooded again, and everyone who visits comments on how good my cooking is. I don't tell them that it is because of the spice cabinet above the showerhead. But I do feel more at ease within the confines of our apartment.
Vasthu is all about harmony and balance, both in a home and in life. By making these adjustments to our living space, I discovered that even minor changes could indeed bring harmony and balance to our lives.