Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness, Self-Nurture


When we discuss healing we talk a lot about focus.  How do you keep focused on the task at hand, working toward a mind, body, spirit alignment?  The problem that many have shared with me through the years is that they get distracted.  Their attention is lured away from what’s most important and they get caught up in trivial matters that derail their healing process.

There are many things that can interfere with our personal mission of good health and most of the time its related to your need for distraction or an irrational belief that the world will stop spinning if you don’t do _______(you fill in the blank).  I remember as a kid having an antenna on the roof of the house to get television reception.  If the weather was bad we’d get interference, that irritating distraction in our television viewing.

When you are challenged by a life-altering diagnosis the interference is often related to noise, both the noise you hear and the noise you create internally.  One of the reasons that meditation has become so popular is that people are trying to eliminate or muffle the noise that tears them away from the goal of healing

Last week I heard an interview with the nationally recognized heart surgeon, Mehmet Oz.  He shared that at one New York hospital they have one hour a day they consider quiet time.  During this hour they dim the lights, minimize intrusion in the patients rooms, keep everyone’s voice to a whisper and reduce the traffic on the floor.  I’m amazed that they were able to pull this off, but I’m impressed that the hospital understands the damage that comes with interference in your healing process.

Let’s face it, often the hospital is the last place that you get any rest, so if  hospital can create an interference free (or at least interferences minimal) space, can’t you do this in your day-t0-day life?  How do you think you’d benefit by reducing the interference internally and in your external environment.

I’d love to hear how you’re accomplishing this and what impact it’s having on your healing process!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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