|Turn your Dining Experience from Good to Great with these Easy Tips|
It’s Thanksgiving time and on that day most Americans will be sitting around a table sharing a wonderful meal and giving thanks for all our blessings. When you’ve been lovingly cooking all day long, you want the meal to not only taste good, but be a wonderful experience for everyone there. While feng shui can’t do much to change whether or not you’re a great cook, it can help create an ambience that will make the meal even better. Feng Shui goes beyond how things look (and taste), and addresses how things feel. So with that knowledge in mind, here are some quick and easy ways to make your Thanksgiving meal (or any meal for that matter) as excellent as possible.
Most of the time a formal meal takes place around a rectangular-shaped table. While this may be a more traditional setting, it isn’t the best for actually relaxing and sharing a meal. Around a rectangle table, many of the guests will not be able to see or converse with each other. You’ll end up with a party at one end and a party at the other end. People sitting on the same side of the table at opposite ends must lean around others in order to see or talk to guests at the other end of the table, making conversation awkward. Furthermore, the people sitting at the ends of the table (usually the patriarch) are the only ones who can see and converse with everyone, thus giving them command of the meal (in feng shui, we call this seat the “Command Position”), creating an inequality in the authority of people during the meal.
From a feng shui perspective, a round table is highly preferable to a rectangle-shaped table for a pleasant dining experience. Around a round table, all guests can see and converse with each other, there is no “head” of the table, and everyone there is energetically equal. Studies show that when guests are seated around a round table for a meal, they say that the food tasted better, they lingered around the table longer, and they felt that their all-around dining experience was more positive. A rectangle table tends to hurry the meal. People will sit down, eat, and get up shortly after the meal to go into the other room. Around a round table however, guests will linger over the meal, talk, laugh, eat dinner or have coffee and desert, and still be sitting there talking or even play an after-dinner game at the table.
While I understand that not everyone has a round dining table, I would encourage you to get one next time you’re in the market for a new table. If you have a big gathering, it is better to seat your guests around a couple of round tables rather than stretching them out at a large banquet-style rectangular table. When it comes to creating an optimal dining experience, a round table wins every time. Also, make sure that the dining room chairs are comfortable. Guests should be able to sit with plenty of room for their legs. You don’t want the chairs too high or too low. Comfort is key to enjoying a great meal.
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