The embrace was tight and strong. Then I realized he was trembling. When I heard the sniffle I realized he was crying.
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When clinicians are being trained in the craft and art of providing therapy, we are taught to be attentive to so many things. Of course we were taught to keep a very high degree of awareness and to be attuned to our clients’ state of being. However, I remember being trained to have awareness of: my posture, tone of voice, the pacing of my words, eye contact, what my hands were doing, my own feelings, moods, and triggers, body sensations, clinical formulations and diagnoses, and of course, personal biases. Now, this may seem like a whole lot to keep track of while attending to someone else… and it is.
When you’re tasked with hosting an event and spend hours preparing for it and making sure it goes off without a hitch it’s easy to forget why you were doing it in the first place. I can often be guilty of focusing too much on the details and erring on the side of perfection. During our event I sat around a warm fire surrounded by professionals of the industry in the middle of the Nevada desert. In this moment our Health and Wellness Coordinator invited the group to practice mindfulness as we enjoyed a well-prepared meal of beans and rice. It was the first time in over a month where I actively took time to slow down and enjoy the present moment. I was reminded WHY I was there and how powerful the wilderness can be. I was overwhelmed with the amount of contentment and gratitude surrounding me.