Conscious Design encourages us to honor ourselves and our family. Make a conscious effort to create a good atmosphere for family harmony, healthy digestion and nourishment. Play soft music in the background. Turn off the television and move the cell phones out of reach.
Set the table with beautiful linens and candles, even if you are dining alone. Dining alone can be a time of inner peace and empowerment. Create a dining ritual. Slow down and enjoy foods and each other.
Chair style is not an issue, but safety and security is. Chairs should support your weight and invite you to sit in comfort. No toes or legs protruding out to hit your knees or bump your toes. Watch sharp points and edges. Feel the back of the chair. Does it poke you or feel uncomfortable? Each chair needs to be comfortable and sturdy for yourself and your guests. Are all the chairs equal or do you have the formal king-queen chairs with the “servant” chairs lined up along the sides of the table?
In Feng Shui, the ideal shape is a round or oval table. A circular round table creates a natural dynamic that invites equality and stimulates conversation. A rectangular table is a formal shape, with a “king” and “queen” chair at both ends of the table. The rectangular table is traditionally used for more formal family gatherings, holidays, and important occasions. If you do use a rectangle or square shaped table, remember to use a beautiful table cloth to cover the sharp table edges.
Above all, use colors that display the essence of the event and season. Bring beauty to your gathering. Make the effort, the rewards are bountiful.