I’ve been doing a lot of reading and writing on abundance lately, as each month my business focuses on one aspect of our well-being. This post isn’t all about abundance, but in my research I have found some valuable lessons that are crucial to our nursing profession. So here we go…
Not long ago, I taught the very first Reiki Level I training at my hospital. HUGE success and HUGE accomplishment. Yes, yes I know that many other institutions all over the country have already successfully implemented integrative and complementary programs into their organizations; maybe we are just a bit behind- what can I say? It had been over a year since we wanted to teach this class… and on June 18th, 2013, we taught our first one.
What does this have to do with nursing, abundance, safety, and/or effective communication?
I’ve been learning, through all of my research on abundance, that it isn’t just the words. We can’t just ‘say’ we want something to happen. We have to actually feel it.
And here’s how this relates to nursing.
Think of a shift where all is going well. The floor is amazingly quiet. “Oh no! Don’t say the Q-word!!” So somebody says ‘quiet’ on your floor but then everything turns out to be ANYthing but.
What happened? We ‘said’ quiet. But ‘quiet’ wasn’t what we experienced.
I thought there’s a phrase in the Law of Attraction world that states: our words become our reality. Well, not exactly. Our thoughts become our feelings. Our feelings shape our reality.
So someone said ‘quiet’ and everyone is thinking to themselves “We all know what happens when someone says quiet; all heck breaks loose!”
And then you’re thinking that the entire shift can turn to chaos and so what happens? You start feeling worried, tense, fearful, nervous, etc. You’re on hyper-alert, looking for anything that can go wrong. You put a ‘vibe’ out there that is unsettled, chaotic even?
This is how I got my Reiki Level I training to happen at my hospital. I felt how it would feel to teach that class. I felt how excited, grateful, proud, and successful it would be to be in that classroom. I felt how overjoyed and energized I would be in front of that group. I felt as if it was already happening.
If we want a shift, a unit, a workplace, a profession to be a safe, effective, and collegial one- we’ve got to feel that.
We have to feel what our safe environment would be like. We have to feel what respectful conversations would do to our demeanor. We have to feel how collaboration and communication will impact our teams.
So can you do this in your own world? How can you impact your workplace?
Start with yourself. Envision what your ideal work environment would be like. What are you doing? Who are you talking with, and how? What do you see, hear, feel, smell, and taste? Paint that picture of your ideal work space. And then- feel it. Notice the feelings and sensations that arise. Feel as if it’s already happening. Bring this vision into your reality. Allow abundance to flow into your life.
Elizabeth “Coach” Scala, MSN/MBA, RN is passionate about helping healthcare professionals, nurses in particular, to embody holistic living and embrace self-care. Through her business, Living Sublime Wellness, she writes regularly on the topic of self-care, conducts a free, monthly wellness workshop, and offers both in person and online seminars for busy nurses. Visit Elizabeth at www.livingsublimewellness.com and subscribe to her newsletter to receive your 3-Part Video Series Gift, “Here’s Time for Your Health”!