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Healing is as old as our species and whether the experts agree or not much of what happens in the healing process is due to common characteristics – biological, psychological and sociological – that have been recorded throughout history. Science, study and ‘experteeism’ came after that. Though vitally important they should not be confused with, or get in the way of, the healing relationship and the opportunities that it presents.

Many of the so-called health systems we have put in place manage unintentionally to obstruct the healing process and seriously impair the quality of life of service users, clients and patients. This increasingly the case in an age where a ‘tick-box mentality’ prevails and carers and other professionals become ever more focused on the processes which neglect the interpersonal and spiritual aspects of caring.

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Listening: Not for the Faint-Hearted

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How good is your listening?

Listening (as opposed to just hearing), is a dynamic activity, not a passive way to pass the time. It takes effort, focus and skill. It also means putting ourselves aside and fully paying attention to those we would listen to.

Listening is not for the faint-heated, but the benefits are worth the effort.

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I’m Wrong About Most Things, At Some Point

We shroud ourselves in beliefs that help us feel secure. One of these is that things tomorrow will be the same as they were yesterday. But the idea that things don’t change is a delusion, that is all.

Nothing wrong with that, but it is best to recognise it, and to keep an open mind about what will happen next. The greater our need to keep things the way they are, the greater the risk of disappointment and even neurosis.

Trying to control the uncontrollable is unpleasant for us, and those around us.

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