Feng Shui & Me

Yes, I’m one of those people. I hadn’t ever heard of Feng Shui back in the day, and I’ve been rearranging rooms for “flow” for as long as I can remember. I had a friend who used to make me come with her to see apartments so I could determine whether her furniture would work right in it. What I do, for the record, isn’t Feng Shui at all. I just have to feel right directionally.

When I moved into my apartment at Lawrence, I was so thrilled with the size of the place that I tried very hard to ignore how unfortunate the bedroom layout was. Until now. What happened is this: the other night I woke up in the morning and I had moved myself to sleep on the bed perpendicularly. In my sleep, that is, I had rotated myself a full 90 degrees.

So despite the fact that the room doesn’t work so well because of a misplaced radiator, I’ve rotated the bed the same 90 degrees I’d moved myself in my sleep, and voila: I just realized my bed is now facing North, as it should be. (It faces NE in Brooklyn, but that’s because Brooklyn’s crooked.)

I am hoping this clears up some of the wrong moves, wrong words, wrongness in general that has been plaguing me lately.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. ha! i never said i don’t have my crunchy moments. i just try to keep them to areas of life that don’t influence policy. ahem.

  2. From the Buddhist scriptures: “Proceeding to a grove outside Kusinara the Buddha lay down for the last time, asking Ananda to arrange a bed with his head to the north.”

    You and the Buddha, nice.

  3. hey omatty – nice to see you here! thanks for the connection. but i think it’s my feet that are facing north. i think i chose his reclining pose.

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