A lot of people find that having movement during meditation helps them relax and de-stress. If you or a loved one is going through some sort of life changing treatment you may need those extra moments alone to re-group. Here more on what Avera is doing to help.
When Avera McKennan started on their journey to build the Prairie Center on campus, home to the Avera Cancer Institute and Avera Surgery Center, they knew patients, their family and friends would be on their own journey here so they wanted to incorporate places for respite. Outside the Center surrounded by all things West River you'll find a traditional meditation labyrinth. It's a place where you can walk and think and reflect.
Dick Molseed is the Senior VP of Environmental Services at Avera McKennan. He says, "It goes back to our history and our sponsorship and our Christian background. We heard consistently from our patients and their loved ones they need an area away from technology, away from the drugs, and get away from all the things that go on in cancer treatment and to be spiritual and so we incorporated a lot of that. The unique part is we are surrounded by stone that all came from the Crazy Horse Monument."
If you look closely on one of the rocks you can see a drill hole where they blasted the rock.
Molseed went on to say, "We were very blessed that Ruth Ziolkowski and her family allowed us to have this honor to have the stone here. We are only the second building to be able to use Crazy Horse Stone. The first was the Governor's mansion."
Across town in one of the courtyards at the Avera Behavioral Health Center, Facility Services Manager Blaine Jones shows us another meditation labyrinth. They constructed it in April. It has a different look, but the same premise.
Jones says, "Everyone in the Avera world, the spiritual journey is just as important as anything we do. If you look at the stones on the labyrinth, this particular one is designed with no particular way to do it. You start on the outside and work your way in. The circles indicate the never ending journey in your spiritual journey."
Avera believes in treating the whole person: body, mind, spirit. If you want to take that step to reflect, now it's there for the taking.
If you want to see the meditation labyrinth outside the new Avera Cancer Institute, or anything else inside the Prairie Center, you are welcome to check it out.