Focusing is a mindful practice of allowing our felt sense to guide us to deeper self-knowledge and connection with others. The name “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.
Instead of approaching this from a theoretical point of view, you will see how a natural understanding of it emerges from practicing and discussing it during the workshop.
The core practice of Focusing is the mindful listening partnership. You will understand it more easily when you compare it to other ways of listening. We will do this through several short videos that describe different ways that we listen.
Please note: You may find it 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. The videos you see were done through videoconferencing.