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2.0 Healing [literally] out of the box

Sanae Korchi

Do you want to live freely like a bird or roam like a nomad? Maybe, you can have both. Let me introduce you to the 2.0 Healing Out of the Box (literally).
We all have a space we come back to at the end of the day; no matter who we are, what we do, or where we are, we all end up in this box that we call “home”.

The COVID-19 wave has proven that our emotions are very much connected to the spaces we inhabit, particularly our homes, according to a scientific study we spend 93% of our lives around those walls. We eat, sleep, shower, exercise, and even work there these days. We laugh, we cry, we get upset, and we also get happy! In addition, we create memories that are and will always be linked to this space.

For centuries, we have been living in this situation until 2020, when everything changed and our home became a prison for us!
In my healing journey, I am suggesting a different definition of a home: a healing home where one can live like a bird and move like a nomad. The lives of birds are impressive on many levels: they live in nature, they move freely, they live in communities, and they even swap their nests with other birds when they are about to travel to a new destination.
In a parallel universe, Nomads' life is different as well; they move around, carry their homes with them, take decisions together, live in communities, and are constantly surrounded by nature.

In the 2.0 healing out of the box, one can have both; the freedom of birds and the flexibility of nomads. The concept is based on designing a flexible structure that can be constructed/transported by the communities that will be living there, they can also switch homes with other communities around the world or even take their own home with them to a different area.
A community based on communal facilities, to spend more time outside the home. Which is one of the most important healing aspects for us and the glue holding the community.
For communities to survive they need to care for each other and do things together.
I suggest 6 different sustainable activities to be at each other service. It can vary from gardening; growing vegetables/ fruits and sharing the harvests, or attending workshops to learn new skills for each other. Volunteer babysitting kids’ neighbors every once a week while the other parents are busy, which leads us to a co-working space, another level for the community to establish bonds. Sport is good for health especially together. It brings energy, and it’s more fun than sporting alone. Last but not least, what about a flea market where we could exchange our own items within the community? Apart from buying excessively is not sustainable, it also impacts our mental health and develops anxiety. Let's buy less and exchange more!

The second aspect is the division inside those homes either horizontally or vertically. Where the living area is always in the middle and that includes; the dining table/kitchen and bathroom. The current design plans as we know them are based on open living spaces where all the rooms including the kitchen are right in front of you. What if you are tired, and you don’t want to clean are you obliged to sit next to dirt and pollute your eyes?
On the other hand, bedrooms are always close to the sky with large openings this would help to calm ourselves and rewire with them.
Last but not least our living room should always be facing greenery with high windows and a double-height ceiling, this allows us a lot of light and light brings joy, especially on a sunny day. A living room is one of the spaces in our homes where we spend most of our time in.

Finally, the importance of storage, every area should have hidden storage this would help us avoid unnecessary anxiety and stress coming from mess. This configuration creates a healthy environment, where our souls are not imprisoned, and we can achieve better results and be more productive.

In conclusion, spending more time with people and sharing our memories became a duty more than an enjoyment. The 2.0 healing out of the box brings the idea of not owning our homes anymore; rather owning the memories we create in there, we can take them with us whenever we decide to switch between a neighbor or a stranger in another country. This flexibility allows us to create positive energy with a lot of freedom and the opportunity to create better memories for a healthy soul and body.

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