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Focusing meditation

Thursday 13 June 13:00 until 13:30
Meeting House, Chapel

Focusing is a psychotherapy technique discovered by Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago. Gendlin wanted to explore why conventional psychotherapy did not work better and discovered that the attitude of the patient was more important than anything the therapist did.

In one-to-one Focusing sessions, one person listens and the other person Focuses. It can be done without full disclosure of the particular problem or problems addressed, and it is a powerful and deep practice.

In these sessions we present a flavour of Focusing in a similar format to existing mindfulness groups. This is based on my completion of an introductory Focusing course. Although these meditations do not go as deep as one-to-one Focusing sessions, they are safe and give the attender an idea of what Focusing is and whether it is for them.

The key feature of Focusing as a therapy is that the Focuser seeks a “felt sense”, a bodily feeling that embodies their situation, and by paying careful attention to that felt sense, can move forward. The emphasis in Focusing is in allowing a real change to happen, rather than dwelling on problems.

We follow a six-step meditation with a period of silence between each step. The steps are based on the scheme presented in Gendlin’s book (just called “Focusing”).

Also occurs on

  • Thursday 20 June, 2019 at 13:00
  • Thursday 27 June, 2019 at 13:00

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By: Janine Thorogood
Last updated: Thursday, 21 March 2019