This isn’t something a hospital would ever want to have happen.
This morning I reported for my weekly volunteer stint in the hospice ward of the National Taiwan Hospital and everywhere people seemed nervous, irritable – amygdala hijack operating everywhere. So I asked what was behind the sense of chaos. Quick answer “There’s no chaos here! … oh.” And it turns out 2 days ago there was an explosion in the surgery rooms, and a fire and 1 dead, 1 injured and smoke and ash throughout the hospital and patients “evaculated” to the lobby downstairs and noone knew exactly what was happening. Oh. This morning we dealt with such things as PVC pipe glue taste in the water cooler (drain the water, open up the system, wait for new water source) and ash around the place. Mostly it was just helping restore of sense of the boredom of clear procedure. When amygdala gets triggered, stand back.
Lesson here. um … For my part, I noticed my break-through-it manner took the form of smarmy, clever-trousers. Probably didn’t feel very loving. People were running circles in nervousness around me. Was it helpful? What’s the most helpful thing to do when people are in hijack? Get them out. Throw water on them. I’m reminded of Milton Erickson’s advise … do the thing people don’t expect. Maybe the smarmy was useful. It certainly froze the person I was speaking with and popped them out of their repetitive behaviour.
What I did well: got people out. broke the trance. Noticed self get into the trance.
What I might do differently next time: stay connected with a loving heart, by ..??? working on some of my personal rituals that I can carry throughout the day. Meta. Breath. Cherokee Dance. Circulating light. Some of these I’ve not done all week. Observation: It DOES make a difference when I’m consciously utilizing these.