SENSORY PROCESSING – CREATING SPACES THAT FEEL LIKE BIG HUGS

Science tells us that there are relatively 10,000,000 bits of information available to us in every second and our brains allow us to process no more than 60 bits of that.  That’s mind boggling to even think about.

As you are reading this pause for a moment, wherever you are and allow your brain to observe.  Where does it take you?  What specifically are you observing?  Do you want to leave or do you want to stay?

One of my most vivid memories of visiting a healing space was one when I most needed a hug.  Instead, I felt more like I was being smacked in the face.  It was when my grandma was dying and I went to visit her in the care home.  The whole atmosphere was old, depressed, and frankly, just plain nasty.

I was already on edge, my soul ached, and as I sat in the chair beside my grandma’s bed, holding her hand and telling her how much I loved her and sharing memories, my brain would not stop chatting about the smell, the misery, the despair that this building was carrying.

As much as I wanted to sit and feel enveloped by the chair I was in, I was sitting on the edge as I prayed for her.  She needed peace and to be free from her suffering but this was not where I wanted my beloved grandma to transition.

A well-designed healing space should be able to create an experience.  An experience that captivates and embraces us.  In environments, especially those where we want healing and regeneration to occur, we need to create designs that influence what the brain is editing in the most positive way.  Designs that allow our brains and bodies to relax in, to be embraced, and to be cared for.

In these spaces, you will see designs that incorporate things like fractals.  Fractals are repetitive, complex and sometimes intricate patterns that occur in nature.  Some examples of these are snowflakes, waves, seashells, leaves, and the structure of human lungs.  The following is a photo of Romanesco broccoli which shows up close detail of repetitive and yet chaotic organization found in a fractal.

A well-designed healing space will not only incorporate fractals into finishes like fabrics and artwork.  A well-designed space will create an atmosphere that can hold you for more than a second.  It will wrap you up and give you a giant hug.  It will take you from one focal point to the next in the most gradual, yet graceful dance.

Even if you aren’t a touchy-feely person when you go somewhere to heal or to be cared for, your mind, body, and soul should at least be presented with the opportunity to relax into the experience.

The next time you enter a healing space pause for a moment to consciously observe how your body feels as you enter and move through the experience.  Do you feel like you are being embraced in a big hug?  I’d love to hear about your experiences.  Hit reply and let me know how you’ve experience healing spaces.

Grace and Peace,

Rhea

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