Focusing is an awareness practice like meditation. But instead of emptying our minds and bypassing feelings or emotions, Focusing gives us a way to relate to these directly and explore the information they carry.
By attending to our felt sense with interested curiosity and gentle presence, we can untangle areas where we may be stuck in repetitive patterns and find gifts of insight within them. Focusing can be applied to any aspect of our lives, including:
- Decisions, life choices
- Blocks to action
- Generational trauma
Maybe you have a murky sense of something holding you back. Or a vague sense of something you’d like to bring into your life. Focusing is about inviting that vague or murky body sense to become clearer or more conscious—to literally “come into focus.” It’s like watering a seed or providing exactly the kind of soil or sunlight it needs. If you’d like to schedule a free chat to explore how I can help in this process, please contact me at EllenKormanMains@gmail.com
The method called Focusing was developed by Dr. Eugene Gendlin who collaborated with Carl Rogers at the University of Chicago in the 1960’s and coined the term “the felt sense.” Ellen is especially trained in Inner Relationship Focusing, the branch of Focusing developed by Ann Weiser Cornell, who has worked with Eugene Gendlin since the seventies and is the foremost Focusing teacher in the English-speaking world today.
Ellen’s Focusing work is inspired by years of meditation, her ancestral work in Poland, and the mandala principle. From Luminous Emptiness by Francesca Freemantle: “The mandala principle means that absolutely everything is included . . . Nothing is rejected or left outside the circle. All our problems and emotional conflicts, all our good and bad characteristics, can be used on the path.”
A wealth of information about Focusing can be found at these two websites: Focusing Resources and Focusing.org.