What is Focusing?
Focusing is gentle and profound. It is a natural way of paying attention to oneself and others that is based upon concrete experience. It offers a grounded alternative to abstract concepts, mechanical tools & techniques, and the imposition of external authority or social convention.
Our bodies synthesise millions of bits of information that our conscious minds cannot access. By directly paying attention to how our bodies feel we can harness this information in helpful ways.
Focusing has applications in:
- Stress reduction
- Decision making
- Finding creative solutions to vexing problems
- Personal and professional development
- Enhancing the effectiveness of counselling, psychotherapy, coaching & meditation (or spiritual practices)
- Adding a little more meaning to daily life and relationships
- Enhancing teamwork, business environments & adaptation at home or abroad
- Discovering new forms of cultural evolution that do not rely upon compliance and collusion with old orders
Individual Focusing sessions are typically 50 minutes long. During a session the Focusing Practitioner or Therapist will guide you to invite your awareness into your body in order to access & learn from what your body knows about a specific problem or project. As well as face-to-face, these sessions are also effective using Skype (and other online applications) and by telephone.
Workshop training is always designed to teach both Focusing and Listening skills so that participants are empowered to extend this practice outside of professional sessions. Focusing becomes a way of being with oneself that does not depend upon continuing access to a professional teacher or therapist. Workshop participants who continue to practice Focusing in business and personal situations enhance their effectiveness in noticeable ways.
Here is a brief magazine article describing Focusing as a process, written by Eugene Gendlin in 1970.
Here is a brief article illustrating Focusing as an approach in psychotherapy. It is an unusual account but interesting and moving, by Neil Friedman.