Why is it that a place you go to find healing does just about everything to make healing challenging? It was so stressful there, and I’m not talking about sickness or germs but plain old bad chi! There were tiny uncomfortable rooms full of monitors, wires, buttons, bright lights, and beeping things - hallways crowded with patients, staff, and equipment - loud noises from people yelling, equipment moving, constant ringing bells, and loud speaker announcements - no windows or even streaks of natural light from any source - winding and confusing hallways (I got lost 3 times - seriously who designs these places??) - and absolutely no cell service anywhere!
I had to leave Steve there to come meet the kids after school and as soon as I got home I threw all my clothes in the laundry, took a hot shower and smudged my shoes, coat and other belongings! I needed to get that huge layer of hospital stress and “ick” off! How can people heal in a place like that? How can people work there day after day when the environment is clearly working against the very thing they’re trying to accomplish?
The thing is, a few years ago, when my mom was in the hospital dying, the hospice staff moved us to a special private room where we could all be with her, day and night, until she passed. It was like an extra-large hotel suite, with two hospital beds, comforting décor, couches, a small table, a refrigerator, tv, private bathroom, and walls of windows looking out over the NH skyline. There were no loud machines, no constant interruptions from staff (they were there if we needed them), and no noises radiating from the hallway.
There wasn’t any chance of my mom recovering here, but it was a peaceful place for her to pass and a supportive place for us and extended family to say good bye and grieve together. We were so grateful for this space! But it makes me wonder why they hide it in reserve for the dying??? Why not implement some of these calming and healing elements into the rest of the hospital to support the people who can really benefit from it?!
My experience yesterday was limited to the ER so I may have missed some of the hospital’s efforts to create a calm, comfortable and healing space. I know hospice rooms, comfortable labor and delivery rooms, and healing gardens are becoming more prominent, but after yesterday, it seems like there’s still lots of (feng shui) work to be done! If you've got any good examples of good hospital feng shui, share them in the comments below.
Happy Feng Shui-ing!
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