Our lives are overwhelmed by a growing level of complexity. Surrounded by electronics, we often struggle with a regular sleep schedule or can’t sleep. But simply banning common bedroom activities like TV, eating, exercise, and electronic gadgets isn’t enough. Better sleep begins in the wisdom of our bodies and is directly linked to the sense of place in our own individual bedrooms. Only then can we achieve a peaceful, soporific state. And to do that, you first need to create a sacred space.
Defined as an area in which you’re able to reconnect with your inner- and outer-self in order to build your capacity and strength, a sacred space is a dedicated environment where your internal “battery” is recharged. But unlike a meditation room that’s focused on spiritual connection, your bedroom should promote the ability to let go and restore.
To begin working toward these goals, consider the following three improvements that can be integrated into your bedroom and sleep habits today:
- Personalize the space with imagery and items conducive to rest. Hang pictures of beaches, trees, gardens, mountains, or similar scenes from our natural environment that make you feel open and still. You can also add plants and flowers that provide calming colors and increased oxygen.
- Work with and harness the room’s energy. By practicing the principles of Feng Shui, you can tap into the energy of the space and allow the room to dictate how the bed and other furniture are arranged. Keep in mind: any space – and especially a bedroom – requires resting places for the eyes. So balance your furniture and décor while giving equal attention to negative space.
- Use your bedroom only for sleep and intimacy, and control your sleep schedule. By reserving your bedroom for these two activities alone, you transform the area into a sanctuary, naturally conditioning your body toward relaxation every time you enter the room. Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. The waking hours are yours. So start your day from a departure point of your choosing, not with a ringing phone or other untimely interruption. Your new mantra: “I begin my day. Others don’t begin it for me!”
For more information on how to get a good night’s sleep, take a moment to check out my audio CD, “Restful Sleep.” Using guided visualisation, I’ll lead you from the pressures of your day into a deep, restful sleep.
How have you created a sacred space? Share your ideas here.