What is Focusing?The essence
Focusing is a natural and gentle practice of listening to your inner sense of knowing, listening to your body.
(see the two minute video below to hear how i describe it - (here I am calling the practice "deep listening")
How is it done?
Very simply, we turn our compassionate attention inward and listen.
Many people love working in a Focusing partnership where someone simply listens to you without advice or interpretation. (The role of listening in Focusing is a rewarding practice in itself that will help you in your everyday lives) My workshops will enable you to practise in a Focusing partnership. Focusing can be practised alone, formally or in informal, quiet moments.
Once learnt, it becomes a resource you can use in your daily life.
Focusing can help you to:
- Understand your emotions
- Make clearer decisions
- Untangle lifelong issues
- Trust your inner wisdom or intuition
- Deepen therapy or bodywork
- Feel more present to yourself and others
- Ground your meditation and spiritual practice
How could you use it?
As a practice, Focusing can be practised on its own or mixed with many other disciplines and practices, such as:
- Body-based practices like dance, yoga or qi gong
- Creative artistic practice
- Creative thinking and reflection
- Communication practices like NVC
Focusing was developed by Eugene Gendlin and his then colleague, Carl Rogers, when they were investigating how and why therapy works. What they discovered was that the main factor in the patient’s success in therapy was not the therapist or the type of therapy, but the clients own relationship with their inner experience. If, in the session, the client paused in their speech, searched within for the right words, fumbled around for an image, for a sense of rightness to what they said or heard… then the therapy was a success.
From that research Focusing, as it is known now, was developed and taught. Today there are many styles of Focusing and it has dozens of applications in all walks of life.
“What is split off, not felt, remains the same. When it is felt, it changes. Most people don't know this. They think that by not permitting the feeling of their negative ways they make themselves good. On the contrary, that keeps these negatives static, the same from year to year. A few moments of feeling it in your body allows it to change. If there is in you something bad or sick or unsound, let it inwardly be, and breathe. That's the only way it can evolve and change into the form it needs.” Eugene Gendlin