Focusing is a special way of paying attention to yourself. You are listening to yourself in a whole-person way: paying attention to thoughts & images that arise, noticing body sensations that are providing clues, and experiencing the flow of your emotions. You tune into the wisdom of the body.
The research-based focusing process was developed by Eugene Gendlin, an American philosopher and psychotherapist, who wanted to know why some of his patients got better and others didn't. He discovered that people who improved quickly took time in their sessions to sense something that they were experiencing in the body...and the conversation shifted in another direction as a result, typically something more important or urgent that needed to be explored.
Focusing starts with sensing a specific body sensation or sensing something vague and fuzzy in your body.
Sometimes you have a distinct pain, stiffness, itch, or other sensations.
Other times, you may sense something that is unclear; something that is just out of range of your ability to say what it is, but something that seems to want to bubble up into your conscious mind.
If you are like most people, you try to get rid of an uncomfortable sensation. Maybe you ignore it; maybe you do some deep breathing exercises or say a prayer; perhaps you have a drink, smoke a cigarette, or eat a piece of chocolate. If it is a pleasant sensation, you may be equally uncomfortable if you are not accustomed to experiencing pleasant sensations.
With focusing, rather than ignoring the sensations or distracting or soothing yourself, you simply pay attention to your body sensations to reveal what is percolating just below the conscious level of awareness. If you pay attention and listen to your body in a neutral, nonjudgmental way, you can then conduct an appreciative inquiry to find out what your body sensation may be revealing to you. In following your body sensations, you realize naturally what you need now—what wants to be released and what wants to emerge.
Focusing is direct access to the wisdom of the body.
It is a remarkable process and a tool to use to develop your self-awareness and to proceed through the 4-Step process described in my book,
a sense of relief and clarity about your life and your forward steps
a greater ability to be compassionate to yourself
a shift in perspective about what’s bothering you
new possibilities, new options, and fresh energy to move forward
Focusing is a respectful process ...
You can expect to ...
to receive respectful and unobtrusive guidance through the process
to feel deeply understood and to understand yourself more deeply
to experience some movement or fresh perspective on your issue or problem, even in one session
When you (and your body) have an experience of being deeply heard, there is a relaxation and a felt sense of a shift in your body awareness that results in forward movement and an enhanced capacity to step into the full, rich wholeness of your life.
A Focusing session is an experience of deep contact with yourself.
Hello! and thank you for your interest in focusing. I would love to introduce you to this marvelous process for expanding your self-awareness. In a one-to-one session with me, you will experience respectful presence. You can expect to feel deeply understood, with your concerns and your goals at the center of the work.
I am trained in bio-spiritual focusing and use this amazing process as much as possible in my life, plus I am teaching it to my clients and students as often as I can.
Focusing is an essential tool in your inner wisdom-seeking treasure chest.
The focusing surprise that brings movement or release includes both your head knowing as well as body wisdom drawn from your deeper self. That's always surprising to the ego. Focusing is really about how grace feels in your body ("Journeying Together in Spirit." Edwin M.McMahon, Peter A. Campbell)