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2005: Issue 24

Dock to Degauss

During my recent trip to Portsmouth, I enjoyed a cruise on the Elizabeth River.  Fortunately, it was a relatively warm and clear night, allowing us to enjoy the views from the deck, and the spirited tales and explanations of the guide.  As we cruised by the USS Truman, he commented that it was at dock being degaussed – a term I had not heard before, and so I asked, what does that mean? 

Essentially, he said it was being demagnetized; the ship was surrounded with electrically charged wire that was neutralizing its magnetic field to prevent the detonation of the explosives on board.  Pretty important process, seemed to me.  In fact, degaussing means “to neutralize the magnetic field or erase information from” (the freedictionary.com).

I contend that degaussing is another way of looking at the concept and importance of de-stressing.  The ship was essentially having her negative energy neutralized, eliminated, making room for new energy, allowing her to go back to sea  and provide a safe and secure vessel for the people on board.   

We have just entered the holiday season, adding to our already busy lives, more to do-shop, parties, wrap, decorate, write greeting cards; greater expectations; and additional mental meanderings such as what do I wear; will he like this; should I get her a present, etc.  Prime conditions for stress build up; for the energy fields around us to become highly charged.    

Ramping up our stress management skills is critical at this time of year, and so is adding time for degaussing.  Time to “dock”; to stop doing and just be; to consciously erase from our minds any unnecessary information and worries to create room to experience more of the good things, to experience the holiday season fully present. 

The holiday season is a stressful time.  We tend to keep doing, believing that is the best or only thing to do for we have all this stuff that has to get done. For some, our bodies may slow us down as we succumb to the virus’s going around; yet, even then we don’t pause or stop for long.  The result is that we end up missing the holiday season, often telling ourselves toward the end, I’m not doing this again next year.       

Taking ownership for degaussing is a responsible and valuable thing to do.  The tendency is to say, “I don’t have time.  I’ll do it tomorrow.” And tomorrow never comes.   Would you consider it irresponsible to not degauss our ships, putting lives unnecessarily at risk?   Your answer’s probably yes.  Recognize the same applies to you. 


  1. Actually schedule degaussing time in your weekly schedule this month – time to enjoy the silence; to be, and to neutralize your energy. 
  2. Recognize when others are highly charged, and avoid being drawn in. Choose to step away or perhaps introduce them to the concept of degaussing. 
  3. Actively engage your stress management skills – this time of year they are essential.

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Taking their learning from 20+ years in corporate healthcare, Janet Crawford and David Scheiderer, MD formed Extra Ordinary Living, Inc. in 2003 with an intention of helping physicians, other healthcare professionals and their organizations identify possibilities and opportunities, remove obstacles, and ultimately, optimize results.

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"Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgment. Go some distance away, because work will be in perspective and a lack of harmony is more readily seen." 
–  Leonardo DaVinci
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