Feng shui? You’ve heard about it, right? It’s the art of balancing and harmonizing your environment so as to improve your energy and foster good luck in specific areas of your life. Feng shui was developed in China about 3,000 years ago and can be roughly translated as “wood water.” Practitioners who understand its intricacies report that feng shui can solve a variety of ordinary problems, and that includes a better night’s sleep.
Feng shui is grounded in Chinese philosophy and the idea that everything is energy, or qi, and the approach is to encourage more qi in everything we do. At first glance feng shui’s principles and rules might seem daunting. But if you spend some time learning more about it, you’ll gradually be able to use feng shui to address many everyday concerns.
Practitioners start by mapping the home and assigning areas of life to compass directions. For example, health issues reside in the east, so to improve your health you might place wood elements and plants in the eastern part of your home. You can delve further into the intricate rules by learning about your birth element, and organizing your home accordingly. But for a good night’s sleep you don’t need to do any of that. You can simply follow a few practical suggestions. First you want to consider the basics for any room.
Make sure the room has good air and light. You might open windows frequently or add an air purifier, and you might consider using full-spectrum lighting. You also want to eliminate clutter. You can donate items you don’t use or like, and the result will be that you’ll surround yourself with things that matter to you.
Take a critical look at your bedroom. Arrange your furniture so as to create an open path from the door into and out of the room. Your goal is establish a free-flowing pathway for energy coming in and out of the room.
And make sure your bed doesn’t face the door. The reason is your feet should not be in front of the entry because you don’t want to lose energy out the door while you sleep. Your bed also needs to be away from a window, or as much away as possible, because energy escapes out from windows. If you don’t have an option, you can reduce the problem by installing thick draperies. This next recommendation might seem strange, but make sure you don’t have art work in the room that depicts water. No artwork with lakes, rivers, or the ocean. Water in the bedroom is thought to contribute to sleeplessness and even bad luck.
Here’s another recommendation that might seem odd, but feng shui experts pay attention to this rule. Remove any sharp objects from the bedroom. Not sure what these might be? It’s something to ponder, things having been different in ancient China. But you might, for example, have an object d’art with jagged edges that you just can’t live without. You can, or at least you can live with it in another room. To eliminate the problem, you can also cover sharp objects with some kind of cloth, and it can help to place a plant nearby.
Finally, you need to believe feng shui will help. Yes, believe. Work with the qi. If you take it seriously, feng shui can make a difference in the way you sleep, and ultimately in your life.