Making the Bed – Simple Feng Shui

make_bed_fengshuiOne 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.

make_bed_beforeAn 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.

make_bed_afterMaking 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.

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Heaven is a Garden

Yesterday, my advance-ordered, hot-off-the-press copy of Jan Johnsen’s new book, Heaven is a Garden, arrived on my doorstep. Written by Jan Johnsen, a landscape designer with 40 years of design and horticultural experience, the book’s theme is “Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection”.

I ordered the book deep in winter earlier this year, thinking ahead to spring and excited to be inspired by Johnsen’s writing and photos. Jan references Feng Shui principles that can be used to create beautiful outdoor spaces that enhance and enrich our lives. Her topics include:

  • The Power of Place: “Whatever your vision of a heavenly garden, it should fulfill your desire for a private space where you can enjoy Nature’s glory – where you can breathe and just be.”
  • Creating Music for the Eye: “The curve of a walk or the shape of a plant bed speaks to us silently.”
  • Calling on the Trees: “God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, ‘Ah!'” (Joseph Campbell)
  • The Magic of Water: “The serene appeal of water lies in its never-ending ability to refresh our spirits.”
  • A Rock’s Resonance: “Rocks silently resound with the energy of a place and ‘ground us’ . . . “
  • Color – Nature’s Catalyst: “Color rules a garden in more ways than one. . . . The entire natural world, including us, reacts to the language of color.”

Nature and our relationship to it is the basis of Feng Shui. Landscape forms, plants of varying shapes, water, rocks and color are some of the wonderful tools that Feng Shui “borrows” from nature.  Working with these tools gives us a wealth of creative ways to create outdoor spaces full of energy that supports and enriches our lives.

It’s early spring here in Rochester and time to be planning how you’d like to incorporate the wisdom of Feng Shui into your outdoor spaces.  Perhaps you’d like to:

  • Focus on attracting positive Chi to your front door
  • Create a garden bed that supports love, wealth, or family
  • Address challenges in your outdoor space by creating a more natural, serene feel

Now is a great time to take a look at your outdoor spaces through Feng Shui eyes and make plans to enhance the energy that surrounds you. I’d love to talk with you about helping you bring more “heaven” into your life.