Hi, I’m Ann Weiser Cornell, and I’m excited about sharing with you some of my favorite, most highly recommended Focusing books.
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Ann’s Recommended Books by Other Authors
I Know I’m in There Somewhere:
A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner Voice and Living a Life of Authenticity
by Helen Brenner with Laurence Letich
Your Body Knows the Answer:
Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity
by David I. Rome
Shambhala Books, 2014
About this Book
For 25 years, psychologist Helene G. Brenner, Ph.D. has been helping women, and men as well, to overcome past conditioning and begin to trust their inner selves. In this beautiful and inspiring, warm, wise, and funny book, Helene writes: “I truly believe that you don’t have to change or fix or improve yourself in order to be happy.”
“You don’t have to be bigger or braver or smarter or more organized than you are to begin pursuing your inner visions — and you don’t have to clean out your closets first!”
The key message of this book is that women (and all of us really) have lost connection with something Helene calls “the inner voice,” and that reconnecting with it is the key to living a fulfilled and fulfilling life. Learn about the Five Pathways to the Inner Voice and the ABCs of Acknowledging, Being With, and Compassion.
“Extend compassion toward the hurt, angry, and fearful places, the vulnerable places, the foolish places, the clumsy and ‘defective’ places, and even the darkest, most unacceptable places inside of yourself and others, and you’ll begin to feel a peace, calm and presence within you that you can barely imagine.”
Read Ann’s full review of this book here.
About this Book
David I. Rome is a certified Focusing Trainer who has brought Focusing together with Buddhist mindfulness-awareness practices in workshops in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is the creator of Mindful Focusing, a training program that brings together Eugene Gendlin’s felt-sense focusing method with Buddhist mindfulness-awareness practices.
“Eminently readable, engaging and wise, this book is hugely welcome. Those new to Focusing and the felt sense will be expertly guided; those already familiar with the process will find fresh treasure on every page. Compassionate, warm, and generous in sharing his own journey, Rome is just the person you would want as a companion to opening up your inner world. I know I will be re-reading this book for years and recommending it to all my students and friends.” -Ann Weiser Cornell
Focusing with Children:
The Art of Communicating with Children at School and At Home
by Marta Stapert and Erik Verlieferde
PCCS Books, 2008
Focusing and Parenting:
Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges
by Patty Wipfler & Tosha Schore
Hand in Hand Parenting, 2016
About this Book
This priceless book by the brilliant pioneer of doing Focusing with children is practical, warm-hearted, inspiring, and life-changing. For anyone who touches the lives of children: parents, grandparents, teachers, counselors. A joy to read.
“Listening to children is a skill which parents, teachers, caretakers and school counsellors need to employ every day. From a deep respect for the already existing attitude of these adults, the authors offer an extra dimension to the art of communicating with children. This book is about listening in many ways, both to your deepest self and to others. It is listening to what children say, feel, and think, but also to what is deeper than thoughts and feelings. Change in behaviour arises when children learn to listen inwardly, sensing what is bodily felt inside them. This process of change, called ‘Focusing’, is explained with many examples from the personal experiences of the authors, from their workshops, training and child-therapy sessions. The authors give a structured approach for use in schools and other group situations, but much of it can also be used at home by parents. With this book you can, quite independently, start to accompany children more consciously in their development, and by doing so, you will watch their confidence grow.” -from the publisher