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The following articles are available online for those interested in learning more about Focusing. The Library section is frequently updated with new material, so you may want to bookmark this page so you can easily return. This page shows articles in English. We also have articles in these languages:
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Embodied Growth: Inner Relationship Focusing and Human Development by Anders B. Asphaug (link opens in new tab). An article about how personal growth occurs and the ways Focusing can facilitate personal development.
Distant Process Focusers by Anne-Marie Lafortune (PDF). The main objective of the project is to explore the characteristics of distancing process and find the language and the gateways that can allow Distant Process focusers to be with felt senses and taste the gifts of life forward movements.
Being a Focusing Schoolteacher – The Role of the Implicit at School by Arno Katz (PDF) A high school teacher who is now a Focusing practitioner as well writes about how he brings a Focusing way of being into his classroom, and the implications of that for dealing with student complaints, evaluating and grading, solving conflicts, etc. He also tells about teaching Focusing to the other teachers at the school. And finally, how Focusing supports his self-care in a stressful environment. Written in a way that is personal, readable, and grounded in the body.
Inner Relationship Focusing and Embodied Awakening by Cielle Backstrom (PDF) A look at how Focusing integrates with a number of spiritual growth processes including: Waking Down in Mutuality; John Welwood’s Love and Awakening; shamanic energy healing; and the work of the Heart Math Institute.
Distinguishing Between Form and Function in the Focusing Process by Jill Drummond (PDF) A look at the essential functions of the Focusing process and the various forms of instruction used to teach them.
Tools for Teaching Disidentification: Some Exercises, Games, Metaphors, Humor by Marcella Calabi (PDF) This paper offers a collection of exercises and tools to help take a step back from the experience at hand and tap into a larger sense of self and the curiosity and empathy that self inhabits so that responses to emotional challenges can come from more grounded, present states.
Bringing Focusing to a Counselling Supervision Group by Paula Newman (PDF) Follow the experiences of a counselling supervision group as they integrate Focusing and bodily felt senses into the clinical aspects of group supervision over the course of an academic year.
A collection of great articles about Focusing from the British Focusing Teachers’ Association
An Introduction to Focusing by Susan Jordan
Touching the Source by Rob Foxcroft
Focusing and Buddhism by Margaret Hannah
Solo Focusing by Kay Hoffmann
Focusing is a way of Being-with by Greg Madison
Focusing with one ‘S’ by Jenny Brickett
How Strong is your Sense of Presence? by Jenny Brickett
Caring Feeling Presence by Kate Brightwell
Focusing as a Doorway for Spiritual Growth by Lesley Wilson and Addie van der Kooy
Focusing in Gaza by Jerry Conway
Practising Presence: Focusing, Buddhist Understanding and Core Process psychotherapy by Susan Jordan
Reflections on Being (Some Sort of) a ‘Focusing-Oriented’ Therapist by Peter Afford
Transforming our Inner Critics: the Power of Presence by Barbara McGavin
How To Think Like A Poet – And Make Better Decisions by Steve Silverton
Wholebody Focusing by Fiona Parr
The Ladybird Guide to Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning by Campbell Purton
The Ladybird Guide to A Process Model by Campbell Purton
Focusing in India by Campbell Purton
Even the most practiced Focusers can use a helpful, and beautiful, reminder of the basics. Download one of our free desktop wallpaper images here.
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