111: Listening x Creativity: Dr. Christine Wozniak, Chiropractor
Updated: Jul 7, 2022
Good morning! As this series about what’s at the intersection of listening and creativity comes to an end, I’m sharing the soundtrack that has been layered underneath each early start for me this spring season as I work on writing, editing and producing this podcast series. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to and learning from the 11 guests; their multidisciplinary understanding of the who, what, when, where, why and how of listening has opened my eyes to new ways of thinking. I plan to translate these new ideas into action, in both my personal and professional lives.
In today’s final episode, we hear from Dr. Christine Wozniak, a chiropractor and acupuncturist who understands the intimate relationship between stretching our bodies and improving our ability to listen through a process of attunement. In our conversation, Christine explains what attunement is, how to achieve it through the act of stretching and how it can positively impact our ability to listen. Like our interconnected bodies themselves, this episode helps us understand the links that exist between mind, body and creativity.
Your listening invitation for our last episode is to stretch in a way that feels good for you. Make stretching tight muscles a daily routine to not only feel better physically, but also emotionally, opening ourselves up to receiving what others have to say. In fact, I encourage you to act right now. As you’re listening to the final couple of minutes of this episode, stop what you’re doing (really, stop) and stretch as you listen.
In this series you’ve heard from a music composer who’s calling to create music at the cost of his stable career meant listening to himself, just as much as it requires listening to the music he creates with others.
A morning TV news producer whose job it is to both listen to her team, as well as listen to the world's news in order to distill it for a Canadian audience.
An improvisational theatre expert who explained what we can learn about the power of listening from the stage.
A mediator whose job it is to find creative solutions when groups of people are unable to develop solutions themselves.
A professional jazz vocalist whose job it is to listen deeply to the musicians around her in front of a live audience.
A clinical psychologist – a professional listener – who identified what it means to actively listen and how we can tap into her techniques.
A former radio show host who embarked on a three-month vow of silence, discovering the truths emerge when our only choice is to listen.
A dog trainer and rehabilitation expert who shared what we can learn from dogs about tuning into subtle energies and non-verbal cues.
A family lawyer who uses listening in high-stakes situations to better understand how to resolve emotional disputes and uses listening as a tool to step back and question ‘why’.
An Emmy-award winning creative strategist, author and design educator who teaches his students how to listen between the lines to arrive at creative solutions.
And a chiropractor who helped us understand tapping into listening through our bodies, specifically through the act of stretching.
I’d like to finish the 7 hours of content over 11 episodes with this except from the final page of Kate Murphy’s book You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters:
“Listening is often regarded as talking’s meek counterpart, but it is actually the more powerful position in communication. You learn when you listen. It’s how you divine truth and detect deception. And though listening requires that you let people have their say, it doesn’t mean that you remain forever silent. In fact, how one responds is the measure of a good listener and, arguably, the measure of a good person. In our fast-paced and frenetic culture, listening is seen as a drag. Conversations unfold slowly and may need to be revisited. Listening takes effort. Understanding and intimacy must be earned. While people often say, “I can’t talk right now,” what they really mean is “I can’t listen right now.” And for many, it seems they never get around to it. This, despite what we all want most in life – to understand and be understood – only happens when we slow down and take the time to listen.”
About Our Guest:
Dr. Christine Wozniak is a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist practicing for over 25 years. She owns and runs a multi-discipline family-based health care centre in the heart of the Markham Village, including care through the modalities of acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathic and osteopathy.
Music: Peivast Waltz - Emad Saedi
Talk Paper Scissors Theme Music: Retro Quirky Upbeat Funk by Lewis Sound Production via Audio Jungle