According to a recent Los Angeles Times story, nurse Jared Axen has been singing Broadway hits and love songs during his rounds, and it’s helping patients.
After they heard him crooning down the hallways, they started requesting that he sing to them. Now he’s known as The Singing Nurse and patients report a range of health improvements, including the increased ability to handle pain.
While medical experts might write this off as fluff, the fact that what he’s doing gets results is worth noting. How often do patients achieve surprising, sometimes impossible, results from unorthodox therapies, only to have their doctors dismiss what happened with disinterest.
This exposes the arrogance of the ego mind, which approaches everything with a fixed viewpoint that allows little room for the unusual. You’d think doctors would be eager to study anything that worked, based in commitment to improving heath care for their patients. Of course, some are. They often become renegades, outcasts from a system that only counts “official” results from double blind studies.
Actually, these close minded experts are double blind! First, they refuse to acknowledge that some strange practice actually helped a patient. Second, they refuse to research the phenomenon.
The lesson for us is to remain open minded and celebrate the reality of what is happening – like a singing nurse improving the health of his patients – rather than dismissing out of hand something that defies logic.