MINDFULNESS, PRESENCE, AND
FOCUSING AND THE FELT SENSE
We are teaching the Focusing process, a mind/body practice that connects us with our own inner wisdom and intuitive knowing. We bring a Focusing mindset and interested curiosity toward a situation, experience or challenge, which is essential for "life-forward" movement. Focusing allows us to feel freshly how the whole being (mind, body and spirit) is in the present moment. From somatic work we know that change does not occur unless it arises from a Felt Sense in the body. "What is split off, not felt, remains the same. When it is felt, it changes." Eugene Gendlin
Too often we rely on our habitual patterns when we face challenges. However, as Albert Einstein once said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. Focusing can be this different kind of "thinking" through which we access an integrated, embodied knowing, or the Felt Sense.
Focusing was "discovered" by philosopher/psychotherapist Eugene Gendlin when he was researching what makes therapy successful. While Focusing is not therapy, it can be integrated with many other modalities. It has been linked with over 50 research studies that show successful outcome and change in psychotherapy.
With a solid Focusing foundation in place a coach, in turn, can invite, support and build on presence within a coaching conversation to allow adaptive change for the client. Focusing can be easily integrated with other coaching styles and approaches.