For the last five days I have been attending the Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Conference. It is fabulous training course! The participants are mostly in the health care field: doctors, nurse, physician assistants, and psychologists.
It is always wonderful to be with like-minded people enjoying what we are learning about together. The course was a good combination of lectures and experiential exercises. The experiential exercises are to help understand how to use the mind-body tools with patients. Mind-body tools are things like meditation, mindfulness, guided imagery, chanting, dancing, and yoga, just to name a few. We learn the skills and share with patients in their practices, hospitals, and institutions. These classes are a gift to any patient’s wanting to open up to their doctors.
I was looking forward to learning more types of mind-body exercises to share with patients. What was not prepared for was the powerful healing that occurred in one particular tool. We learned about this tool while working in small groups. During the training we divided up into small groups of no more than 10 people along with a faculty member. The purpose of the group was to create a “safe” place where the participants can talk about each activity. The faculty member helped to create a place where the participants could talk about how each experience affected them. This anchored the experience in the person’s mind so he could share it with the patients. We spent five days with the same people in the small group and it is amazing how a community was created in such a short time. When people learn to relax they are able to share information about their lives more easily. The exercises create a common experience to discuss and the group process lends support from other caring professionals that want good outcomes for every other person in the group. By the end of the training participants were excited to go back to their offices and use the tools to help patients have the same experiences that we had during the training.
It was great see so many doctors who wanted create positive change for their patients.