Take a minute and look around (or at least visualize) your office. Come on . . . give it a try.
When I look around mine, I see a space painted in calming colors, with comfy chairs and a few tasteful Zen-inspired decorations. My credentials, there to inspire trust in my abilities, are hanging on the wall and soft, relaxing music is sometimes playing in the background.
I imagine that many of you have similar surroundings. Now think about the last hospital that you were in. Was it a similar environment?
When you think about your hospital, do you even see the background of the rooms, or does the medical equipment jump out at you instead?
Esther Sternberg, MD, a neuroimmunologist, medical researcher, and expert in the healing qualities of space has many thought-provoking insights on this issue.
The idea that hospitals can be, not just treatment space but healing space, is something that we as practitioners need to take seriously.
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What are your own personal insights into the idea of healing spaces? Please leave a comment below.