Author: Bob_H

Robert S. Holzman, M.D. is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. He currently serves as Co-chair of Be Present, Inc's Board of Directors.

What I was… How I changed…Where I am going…What I know now

by Bob Holzman

This article started as a section of a personal fundraising letter on behalf of Be Present, Inc.  In three paragraphs, produced with support and feedback from my wife, Clare, as well as Margherita Vacchiano and Carletta Joy Walker, I described how 14 years of working in the Be Present Empowerment Model had affected me at the personal and professional levels.

I have worked to learn and practice this model for the last 14 years. While I was aware of the overt and implicit sexism, racism and classism in American society, it was still a revelation to uncover the effect of these “isms” when they were unconsciously incorporated in my own words and behavior.  I came to better understand how my actions elicited reactions in others and how to make changes in my behavior.  I became conscious of the signals my mind and body were sending when those actions were driven by otherwise unconscious processes. Read more