In our rush to help in the healing process are we noticing the emotional state of our clients? Are they happy? Do they laugh and smile during our time with them? Do we really understand what “mind-body-spirit” means?
The mind component is both mental and emotional states. Are we taking the time to really notice the countenance of our clients? Of those around us? Of our family members? Of ourselves? What can we do to instantly change someone’s countenance and, therefore, improve their health?
Make them smile! Make them laugh! Laughter is the opposite of anger. Anger is held in the liver. The liver performs some 600 processes for the body and really doesn’t have time for the stress that comes with holding on to anger.
We can teach our clients how to cleanse the liver but if we are not teaching them how to let go of anger are we really helping them? Making clients laugh may also mean meeting with them for longer than a few minutes. Are we allowing enough time between clients to REALLY connect with them?
Most of our clients need someone to talk with, someone to vent to, someone to cry with. Emotional release is an important part of care. Emotional stress manifests in the physical world, which means that emotional release has the potential to heal physical ailments.
Learning how to listen is critical to care. Waiting until the client has finished talking is crucial to the process. Paying attention to the emotional words used may be key to creating a plan for healing. This type of listening is known as Reflective Listening. It requires that the provider restate what has been heard to verify understanding. When we do this, our client learns that they are with someone who is really listening and they share more.
I’ve heard some providers say they are not counselors but aren’t we all first and foremost life coaches? Just because we give the space for a client to share their deepest concerns does not mean that we are then required to solve those problems. Most of the time asking simple questions helps the client discover their own answers. This discovery can move a client from complacency to action as they discover their own healing power.
With this type of care, our clients will leave happy and full of hope. They will spend more time laughing, which means releasing anger and supporting liver health. The extra perk? Their provider (YOU) will receive the same benefits…..who can argue with that?