the time I was born, and likely before that, I have been taking in
information from available senses — it's just the human thing to do. But
how did we as a species arrive at an adaptive information processing
system, one that serves to keep us safer, more likely to survive? The
answer to this question is a matter of much opinion. Swiss psychologist
Jean Piaget and others have always served me well, and they suggest that
as we take in new information we integrate it with older observations;
voilá! an adaptive information processing system.
without the ability to integrate information in this way are left with
points of trauma. And, integration takes time. A client shared this
thought with me and I was left with a sense of just how important "time
to be" was for the integration process. As a child he knew instinctively
that the time he required for "being" was necessary, despite important
people in his life steering him toward spending time accomplishing other
goals. Whether we call this "time to be" mindfulness, meditation, or
even just enjoying the view, it is a kind of catalyst that allows us to
let in the new.
again, the monthly IE-CAMFT trainings/CEU opportunities are a catalyst
that enhances the process. They build on the old, adding the new to the
adaptive information system, each of us at our own rates of speed. I
hope that all of you will take in the new, allowing yourself the gift of
time to create a new you. I love being part of IE-CAMFT. I'm so glad to
be a part of a bigger picture. It keeps me hopeful.
Warmly, Paul Velen, MS, LMFT
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