I'm typically a 'creature of habit'. I'm comforted by experiences that I have a degree of familiarity with. I crave 'the known' whenever possible.
Although I have a full respect and appreciation for what computers can do for efficient and organized assistance in day-to-day living, I admit I've not fully embraced technology. At times, I don't even want to 'hold its cyber - hand'.
In Gestalt training, I've been asked to identify my personal strengths on a regular basis. For some people, this question, in itself, is a hurdle to overcome.
I tend to come up with variations of the following traits.
Is it any wonder I gravitate towards behavioral health nursing? For me, it makes perfect sense to think about every issue in a holistic manner - that is, considering the body, the mind and the spirit. I am way more in tuned with how one feels than what they are specifically thinking, although I know there is a time and place for such things. I guess this is what makes me a good listener...
Well, identifying strengths is not hard for me. I have long embraced the importance of enhancing our strengths. I'm quick to ask others to recognize their strengths - whether in a classroom or a nursing assessment. Sometimes the very act of strength identification is empowering enough to effect some movement of personal energy.
Now I never said Gestalt was all easy. For me, the challenge starts with the concept of 'polarities'. As the very word suggests, this seemingly simple technique explores a harmonious integration of opposite traits within ourselves.
Please allow me to work with the strengths I've identified above in a manner that is 'way outside of my usual manner of thinking':
The issues in my world I've been perfectly comfortable regarding polarity have been cultural diversity, my musical tastes and the colors of my amazing Labrador Retrievers:
Michael Jackson: "Black or White"
Practice really does help. I'm embracing my polarities, as I uncover them...one by one. I see now why I liked traits in 'The Wicked Witch of the West' in that archetypal story that we all relate to - in one way or a dozen...!
I resisted my strong urge a couple semesters ago when an opportunity came up at my University for an online nursing instructor. I caught the negative self - talk running through my mind:
A core concept in Gestalt is the 'experiment', where the individual purposely experiences, 'tries out' , feels what it is like to do something. I knew that I had taken classes online as a student. I knew that I was at least comfortable in an online community - thanks to the support of readers like you. With a knowledgeable supervisor at the university and a good grasp of the course content, I decided to counter all of my negative self - talk with a 'thank you, yes'...!
And the rest, as they say, is history... I love online teaching! In fact:
In listening to the lyrics of this favorite by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder: "Ebony and Ivory", the concept of polarity is well defined:
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Welcome June! via Hear Ye! Hear Ye! (Legacy Archives Foundation blog).
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