The bedroom begins and ends your day. It is the place where you relax and recharge for the next day. Your body requires sleep to live. To live well you must also sleep well. However, the bedroom is so much more when we look at it from a Feng Shui perspective.
The bedroom is more than a place to sleep. For the homeowner, the master bedroom symbolizes and empowers a sense of who you are, where you want to be, your romantic life, your career, your overall sense of well being. There is a reason they call it the Master Suite, after all. For the children, the bedroom is restful, safe, supportive and encourages the love and support and the values your family members provide. Are you feeling this when you walk into your bedroom?
Energy of the Bedroom
Even though we can't see energy, we do feel it. Our furniture choice and placement and colors affect how we feel. We are constantly giving and receiving energy--even when we sleep. In fact, when we sleep our defenses are down and the Flow of Energy is freer. Which begs the question, how do you feel when you walk into your room? Do you yearn to get to your bedroom at the end of the day? Do you enjoy being in your bedroom? Do you merely walk into it and sleep without much thought or do you melt into your room and does it evoke an instant sense of relaxation? How you feel in the bedroom when you are awake is a clue about how you are recharging when you are asleep.
Some general guidelines to follow for the bedrooms:
- Bed placement should allow a commanding view of the bedroom--ensuring you are never surprised when someone walks into your room. Usually, the longest wall is the best placement for the bed.
- A foot board or bench at the end of a bed slows the energy coming toward the bed.
- Surround your bed with a strong and solid headboard, nightstands and a foot board or bench. This gives you a sense of being "held" and supported.
- Ensure that your room is quiet and dark at night to enhance good sleep.
- Make the last thing you see before turning out the lights (and the first thing you see when you wake up) something beautiful.
- Remove the TV. A television tends to give off negative energy (news, crime shows, commercials about depression and weight issues, etc...). It invites too many virtual people into your bedroom.
- Keep drawers shut and all doors closed.
- Keep the bedroom clean and clutter free. Nightstands should have minimal decor. If you can, avoid storing items under your bed.
These tips are a good foundation for any bedroom. There are more specific techniques depending on where you are in life. For example, techniques for a master bedroom will be different than a child's room. Techniques for a master bedroom for a single person will be different than techniques for a couple. A Feng Shui practitioner can help you with more specific techniques based on your life experiences and your desires.
Finally, because energy is rooted in feeling, if any guidelines don't feel right to you, you can easily not do them. However, before you brush away what doesn't feel good, perhaps look into why it doesn't feel good. Is the uncomfortable feeling a signal about something else? I always recommend trying something for a few days to see how you feel (you can always put it back). In many cases, you will be surprised about what you learn about yourself. When you feel improvement, you know you are on the right path.