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What Is Focusing?

Focusing is a body-oriented process of self-awareness

and emotional healing. It's as simple as noticing

how you feel - and then having a conversation with

your feelings in which you do most of the listening.

~Ann Weiser Cornell~

The Power of Focusing

Focusing is both a natural process, and one which can be learned and strengthened. Perhaps you've experienced some of those moments when you simply know what's true. You've misplaced something important; searching

your memory, you suddenly see and know the very spot where you'll find it. Your body says, "Aha!" Or, you hang up the phone after talking with a friend; you have a lingering sense of discomfort, although your thinking mind can't understand why or recall her exact words. Your body says, "Angry!" Or, you have a difficult decision to make; you ponder it for days, talk with trusted friends, but still don't know what to do, and then it happens! You now have a sense of everything falling into place and your choice seems clear and certain. Your body says, "Yes!"

These are naturally occurring moments of focusing.

Such moments are whole-body experiences of "knowing" which are more than thoughts, more than emotions, more than physical sensations, more than images or ideas. They are all of these, and something more. When we bring awareness to such moments we find a process which can be clearly described. This process, once identified, can also be followed, taught and refined. Using this more formalized Focusing process can help us deepen and support those natural abilities, so that we gain mastery over our inner dialogue and can begin to use

and trust our innate body-wisdom.

When you learn Focusing, you learn to be with your own sensations

and feelings, and you discover that they have communications

for you. You learn to turn toward what you are feeling with

interested curiosity, rather than being caught up in feelings and

acting out of them. You find out how to include and accept

all sorts of inner experiences, with no need to take sides

in an inner war that labels some parts of you as "bad".

~Ann Weiser Cornell~

The Radical Acceptance of Everything

Focusing is a simple, gentle process which promotes a dynamic, interactive relationship with your own inner experience. Focusing teaches you how to sit and keep company with your emotions, rather than getting caught up in them. In this way, Focusing can help you become a better listener to yourself. When you learn to listen, compassionately and respectfully, to your own emotions, you naturally become a more aware and compassionate friend, partner, parent, co-worker and steward of the earth.

What causes lasting change? People don't usually change

their lives, or begin to feel permanently better about

themselves, by adopting self-improvement regimens or

telling themselves to change their thoughts and beliefs.

Real change occurs when a person has a different experience

of herself. You don't have to change or fix or improve yourself

in order to be happy. Living a fulfilled life comes from learning

how to listen to your inner voice, to the truth of your inner being

and all the ways that it speaks to you, and to live from it.

~Helene G. Brenner~

I Know I'm In There Somewhere

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