Ancient practices of governing energy have now become a way of life in the West. In India, these practices have always been bound in the way we live. However, with the acceptance of these practices in the West, they begin to rise in popularity in India too. One such practice is the Chinese principles of Feng Shui. Though there are differences from the Indian practices of Vastu, the idea and intention remain the same.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of spatial arrangement. It is not only about filling your home with positive energy but also about connecting to your home. The prominent use of Feng Shui is to provide good fortune, energy and harmonize your home. It is also said to help in finding love, enhance fertility and improve your health.
The idea of Feng Shui is to let the energy flow freely in your home. These principles help retain the positive energy and let the negative energy out.
We have compiled some expert tips to add the principles of Feng Shui into your bedroom.
Clear the Clutter
One of the most important acts in incorporating Feng Shui in your bedroom is to clear the clutter. Often, in our busy, chaotic lives, our homes begin to pile up on clutter that seems to go out of our control. One such place is our bedroom. It could be your clothes lying around, tchotchkes that you found interesting or even vessels under the bed. Our bedroom is where we spend the majority of the time while at home. The chaos of clutter can begin to manifest itself in our minds and welcomes in negative energy. The first step is to clear the clutter.
“The way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”Marie Kondo
While it is easy to get swept up in the idea of decluttering your bedroom, think of this as a long-term exercise. To avoid cluttering in the future, assign a place for everything in the room. Dirty clothes go into the hamper, the bag you use every day on a hook ready to go, the umbrella in its rack and so on. Only when there’s no assigned place for everything in your home, starts the cluttering.
Ensure you let the light in
In our cramped city lives, we can often find ourselves in dingy dark spaces that don’t provide the light we seek. Keep the windows open and let the natural light in. Light and air are important Feng Shui elements. Of course, this doesn’t take into consideration the city life we found ourselves in. In case you don’t want to leave the windows open, spread open the curtains to let the light in. You can also use air purifying plants to ensure you breathe in the fresh air. Some examples of air purifying plants in India are Spider plant, Bamboo palms, and Aloe Vera.
In fact, the lack of natural light can impact your health. There is a study conducted by Dr. John Ott, a pioneer light researcher where he assigned the term Malillumination as the negative effects of fluorescent light and the lack of sunlight on human behaviour.
Identify the symbolism
Our problems often manifest themselves in the way we treat our home. We can find our problems appearing in different ways around the house. For example, if we lack clarity in life, our home could be full of clutter. If we have low self-esteem, it could mean our mirrors are too high up. These kinds of symbolism can be observed when we have been able to zero in on problems bothering us.
“Are you chronically single? Assess if you’re loading up your home with single imagery—a single vase, a single chair, a single person in a picture.”Laura Benko, the author of The Holistic Home
Once you begin to see patterns in your life and around the house, it can help you identify aspects of yourself that you didn’t know. To do this exercise, you can close your eyes and try to find areas in your life that you are unnaturally hard on yourself about.
It has long been known that aromas play an important role in different aspects of our lives. Using natural scents like lavender flowers or mint can help create natural scents in your home. Essential oils are also a powerful element in bringing good Feng Shui energy in your home. The scent of sage can increase the feelings of security, the scent of jasmine can put you in a romantic mood, grapefruit scene can improve your memory and so on. These aromas can be found in candles, essential oils, air fresheners and so on.
You should regularly wash your sheets and pillow covers. Dirty bedding can make you sick, feel terrible and usher in the negative feelings. Keep your bedroom clean and always smelling fresh.
Insomnia can be the result of negative energy at home. You can read up all about insomnia and its cures here.
When it comes to bed positioning there are various rules you must follow. You should always have a solid wall behind your bed. Your head and feet must point to two solid walls and never a window. Your bed should also not be on the same wall as your bedroom and bathroom door. Having your headboard on a solid wall will also negate the possibility of open shelves behind your bed. It is important not to have open shelves behind your headboard. You should also ensure that there are no mirrors facing the bed. This is a very important Feng Shui taboo in the bedroom.
Colors are known to have an effect on our mind and body. Therefore, Feng Shui principles recommend using warm colors in the bedroom that are both welcoming and calming. Bright colors can agitate your mind and prevent you from creating a calm environment. Calming colors like lavender, light blues and green can create a soothing environment. Warm colors like peach, cream and tan can create a welcoming environment in your bedroom. These colors also help you sleep better at night, helps you relax after a stressful day and wake up smiling and refreshed.
Mirrors are an important element as it represents water. It is important to have at least one full-length mirror in the home. Usually, with shorter mirrors, we see cut off version of ourselves. This can hamper our self-esteem and heighten our insecurities. Another important Feng Shui taboo is the use of mirrors that reflect off each other. Ideally, mirrors reflecting the bed and other mirrors are a big no-no.