Saturday, June 30, 2007

Head at the foot of the bed

"Feng shui (literally "wind water") is part of an ancient Chinese philosophy of nature. Feng shui is often identified as a form of geomancy, divination by geographic features, but it is mainly concerned with understanding the relationships between nature and ourselves so that we might live in harmony within our environment." (from the Skeptics Dictionary)

I had not explored this philosophy until I visited a friend who had moved to Bethesda from Harvard Square. There was such a sense of serenity in her new home. I commented on it and she said "I tried to use feng shui as I arranged furniture and decorated my new home."

Although I never seriously explored this philosophy other than reading some articles and actually gifting a book on it as secret santa, I believe when I had my condo painted in VA that somehow I was using this force. I know I always had a sense of joy when I returned home to my aerie in the sky.

I have repeated some of those same colors in my new home in Arizona. As I arrange furniture and find places for my crated belongings, I seem to be pulled in directions I would not have consciously gone. "This feels right" seems to be my mantra.

I am one who rarely has trouble falling asleep. I often wake in the middle of the night but am rarely awake for long. However, this past week I have had a lot of trouble falling asleep, often awake until 2:30 or even 3:30 in the morning. It does not matter what time I go to bed. I read for an hour or so, then toss and turn. It is true that there are many changes in my life right now so my "to do" list is jam-packed, however nothing seems urgent. I tried warm milk, Tylenol pm, re-reading historical texts -- nothing seemed to work. My days are physically exhausting with uncrating books, computers, other paraphenalia and carting them around the various rooms finding just the right spots for them. Alas the tossing and turning continued.

When I mentioned this to my friend Allyson, she said in which direction do you sleep? I said North/South. She asked what was my sleep orientation in VA in that same bed.

Unfortunately there is a window covering most of the wall where the head of my bed should be to afford me a good night's sleep, sooooooooooo................ I have now slept two nights in a row without interruption with my head at the foot of the bed!

Feng shui......something' to that methinks.


Pynchon said...

Or maybe you just convinced yourself you would sleep and you did? A kind of self hypnosis.

Kate said...

Very probably, pynchon, but matters not if it works!

t. Thorn Coyle said...

Congrats on your move. Hope you settle in nicely.

Barbara said...

I hope your sleeping problems have been solved. We often slept with our heads at the foot of the bed when I was growing up in Florida with no air conditioning. It was the only way not to swelter on hot nights.

Kate said...

TY, Thorn!

Kate said...

Well this past week I have been sleeping on a blow up mattress on the floor at my son's. I have slept soundly each night. Go figure!