At the beginning of my work as a psychologist in Switzerland I am facing an ocean of experiences and learning. A new culture to embrace, a new set of social values, a new transgenerational history. I’m brimming with excitement. It is a magical time.
Speaking of oceans, I have spent most of my life near the ocean, and bond with it especially, but it is also a powerful metaphor for the ebb and flow of the human experience. Calm one moment, raging the next, the holder of memories and the giver of life and support.
Water supports the body, taking the weight off our feet. The feeling of the movement and swell of the water reminds me of the importance of connecting with our body not only with our mind but with nature. We belong to the earth, and we have evolved from the ocean. As Dan Siegel has written:
“Our body-based self—the origin of a Me—is not only connected to others but connected within our relational worlds themselves—a WE—forming the essence of how we belong and our identity”.
To remember we belong not to our community, rather the greater global and universal community. Our identity is as Dan say’s, a merging of me and we… MWe.
This blog will casually and lightly explore psychological insights and perspectives. I hope you will enjoy.