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Focusing is a process of inner awareness that was originally identified, explored, and developed by Eugene Gendlin. It is the mindful practice of allowing our felt sense to guide us into deeper self-knowledge and connection with others.
The word “Focusing'” is not used in the conventional idea of focused attention. It is a metaphor for the process of recognizing subtle, ephemeral sensations. We bring them into focus, as one might adjust a pair of binoculars to turn a blurry visual image into clear, recognizable objects.
This is a powerful practice, but it is not complicated. It is based on a natural ability that we all have. So the way I like to introduce people to Focusing is to help you notice how you are naturally good at it.
You will understand Focusing more easily when you compare it to other ways of listening. See demos: How to listen in a deeper way.
Please note: You will probably find it very helpful to practice each of the approaches with a friend. You need not be physically together to do it. You can do it via videoconferencing or even phone.