Lately, I have been struck by how frequently patients say to me just how much they appreciate the time I have spent with them at the end of our visit. They go on. “This was amazing, wonderful. No one has taken the time to listen to me, to really try to understand my problem, to look me in the eye, to examine me, and to explain what you think and how you think I can get better.”
Listening, really listening, is a practice that is difficult and sometimes even dangerous. Deep attentive listening has the power to draw us into the mystery called silence. Often in listening, we encounter other people and our own lives in new ways
All parts of the body which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly, but if unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.
I have always looked to hire people for my practice that are excellent communicators and very intelligent. I know I am a good educator, and I involve my staff in our patient’s care by teaching them about the conditions we are working to help our patients overcome or manage with greater effect.
Jazz is an amazing medium that invites creativity, innovation, play, and striving for new ways to express oneself. Participation is a role that everyone gets to play; performers and listeners alike.