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Resonant

Updated: May 28

Today, I spent much of the day preparing for what I will present at Colloquium 2024. The section I was working on was how to deepen your connection to clients with deep listening.


After too much time with cognitive endeavors, I decided to take some time to practice my cello. As a somewhat new cellist, intonation is always a challenge. (My guitar has frets- on the cello, intonation is much more difficult.)


How do you know you are in tune? When I play a note, such as a "C" on the top string, the bottom string of the cello, which is tuned to "C", begins to vibrate. You know you are in tune when you hear these resonant vibrations from adjacent strings.


This is not unlike what I am trying to convey in what I am teaching for the Colloquium. When you are "in tune" with your client and on the same frequency, the vibration tells you a connection has been made. On the cello, if I do not hear that resonance, I shift my position slightly to alter the pitch. In the clinic, if I do not feel that sympathetic vibration, I will also alter my approach to seek perfect resonancy with my client. The process is the same.


There are few sounds in the universe more moving than a cello in perfect harmony. There are few experiences more powerful than being in tune and resonating with a fellow human being who seeks your help.

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