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Focusing

Focusing is a method of self-exploration and self-awareness, based on empathic listening to the body. It was invented by the psychotherapist and philosopher Eugene T. Gendlin in the 1970s.

It is a gentle and respectful method of reconnecting to a more complete dimension of being in which the body, mind and subtler perceptions collaborate in a process that brings clarity. A process that offers new ways to face the different situations of life with more serenity and fullness.

 

The Core of the process is the “felt sense”, the meaningful sensation, which takes shape through words, phrases, images, thoughts… A rich and complex sensation that has to do with what is happening in one's life.

 

Focusing is the ability to welcome this feeling, to "stay" there without haste, with interest, without judgment, with a friendly attitude, with openness to listening and to the surprise of discovering something not yet seen or heard. When Focusing is done, often something inside the body changes (felt-shift), relaxes and releases energy. And the change is felt directly in the body.

In focusing, the term Body includes not only physical perceptions but also emotions, thoughts, energy. Everything that determines the unique way of being in the world.

 

Through focusing, you can:

 

∞ establish a deeper contact with yourself;

∞ rediscover kindness towards yourself and others;

∞ overcome the blocks linked to traumatic experiences or situations of discomfort;

∞ relieve conditions of emotional or existential malaise;

∞ learn to accept our emotions, without judging them or pretending to change them;

∞ manage anxiety and stress;

∞ solve relationship or communication problems with family, friends and colleagues;

∞ make more informed decisions, not influenced by automatic reactions;

∞ stimulate creativity by distancing oneself from limiting thought patterns.

Some example how Focusing could you in your daily life are as follows:

∞ how to deal with addictions;

∞ to help yourself to loose weight or start doing more sport;

∞ to heal yourself from burn out;

∞ to have healthy discussion with your family members;

∞ to live with uncertainty and the unknown, which are very present in our current worldwide situation.

I offer Beginner courses on a regular basis so click here to know more.

If you want to get inspired, you can listen to the founder of Focusing E. Gendlin in Youtube

More information can be found at the International School website where you can find many articles also in other foreign languages.