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6 Ways to Create Healing Environments

6 Ways to Create Healing Environments

Learning how to create an intentional healing environment is important for maintaining good health, and especially of value if you have a loved one who is ailing. The use of colors, ways to lift loneliness and depression, the invalid’s choice of lighting, and the very symbolic meaning of the objects and pictures surrounding them, are all important.

Here are six guidelines that will clarify how best to make the surroundings of anyone who is sick the most renewing, serene and healing possible.

1. Purity–of air, physical surroundings, medicinal supplies, food, and water–is essential.

2. Focus/form makes your vision of healing/health a reality and shapes clear-cut ways to reach your goal.

3. Order and simplicity help compromised energy and the energy of caregivers to move easily in the space. (Chaos and complexity are too demanding.)

4. Sight lines are especially important for bedridden patients. If a room doesn’t have an uplifted view, bring in artwork, create a wall installation with backdrop and flowers.

5. Meaning can be introduced by placing meaningful pictures and objects where they can be easily seen or reached.

6. Peace–in the form of a peaceful, cool space that is undemanding–supports recovery.

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Adapted from Enlightened by Design, by Helen Berliner (Shambhala Publications, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Helen Berliner. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from Enlightened by Design, by Helen Berliner (Shambhala Publications, 1999).

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8:47PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you for important ideas.

10:35AM PDT on May 13, 2013


12:39PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:53AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

We do need to make our immediate environment better to help ourselves

12:23PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

The picture is very uplifting and healing.

9:30AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Very helpful. Thank you.

4:15PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

very keen article, thanks!

6:44AM PDT on May 18, 2012

Very helpful. Thank you. Just looking at the picture makes me feel better.

1:51PM PST on Feb 26, 2012


5:33PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thanks for this great article.

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