One of the things I love most about Feng Shui is the many practical, simple ways it offers to work with the energy in my home. Some of these adjustments are “common sense” or, in my case, “tasks” I learned from my mother. Mom didn’t know she was practicing Feng Shui; she just knew what helped our home feel good. Making my bed every morning was one of the simple lessons she instilled in me. Imagine my delight when I learned I’ve been practicing Feng Shui since I was a child.
Making your bed is a simple and marvelous ways to shift energy as you start your day. When we sleep our energy turns inward; our subconscious energy becomes most active. Nighttime is a time of retreat and restoration. When morning arrives, we need to shift our energy outward to engage again with the world. Making the bed helps stimulate the flow of energy in the room and in our minds. This act helps clear the energy from the subconscious and welcomes the opportunities of the new day.
An unmade bed is a form of clutter. Energy is sticky. The energy of our subconscious and our nighttime respiration clings to our bedding. Bed making motions of lifting, tugging, straightening, and tucking help unstick the energy accumulated during the night and releases it to flow away. This opens space for new, fresh energy to flow in providing a more “clean slate” for your next night of rest.
Opening and closing your window coverings can also be a part of this daily routine. You may prefer to shut your curtains or blinds at night. Perhaps you need to block out ambient light or muffle noise. Feng Shui supports doing what is practical for privacy and comfort. If you do close your curtains at night, opening them each morning works together with making your bed to shift to daytime energy. In Feng Shui, windows are associated with vision. Opening your curtains enhances your view of the opportunities life can bring to you each day.
Making the bed honors and says “thank you” to your bed for sheltering and supporting you during your hours of sleep. And, it prepares the bed to welcome you when you return to it at the end of your day. The acts of turning down the bed and drawing shut the curtains signal an energetic shift to re-enter your time of rest and restoration.
The simple routine of making the bed every morning and turning it down at night are daily touchpoints that can connect us with the energy of our homes. The better we care for our homes, the better they can care for us.