Contemplative Practice

Focusing is a portal into the vast mystery of emerging experience

The body as understood from the inside is our connection to the vastness that includes Self and everything else. The more we experience being connected with our Self, the more we feel connected to all living process. This is the transcendent edge of being and becoming, a kind of mystery of sensing our own unique direction, purpose, gifts and destiny.

Your physically felt body is in fact part of a gigantic system of here and other places, now and other times, you and other people – in fact the whole universe. This sense of being bodily alive in a vast system is the body as it is felt from the inside.
–Eugene Gendlin

Navigate your mystery

When people say, “I don’t know what I really want,” we can say, “You know you want to make a change and you’re not sure what that is or how to get there.” Focusing is like an inner compass or GPS. It helps you find what you know to be true and orient you in taking your next steps for change. Focusing helps you find your way forward out of the wilderness of confusion, shame, and isolation and into your vulnerability, warm heartedness, clarity, and purpose.

Focusing partnerships – a way to practice

You learn Focusing and discover its benefits through doing your own Focusing. You can Focus alone, but most of us like to have a partner. Our Training Program is designed so that participants can partner with each other between workshops. Most Focusers have one or more Focusing partnerships. Partnerships allow you to explore your growing edge and work through blocks to your growth.

Partners meet on some regular basis and divide the time equally between each other. Each person has a turn being the Focuser and the listener. It is like free therapy but even better because you don’t have to say much about the content of your session. The listener knows enough to hold presence, reflect what you are trying to convey and is open to being corrected. It is not their job to make the session go well or direct the process.

Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma Training Program. An embodied and relational approach to unwinding stress and trauma for therapists and healing professionals.