Introduction to focusing - improving our relationship with ourselves
Focusing is a process that can enrich all areas of our lives, as it is about the very way that we pay attention to what we experience. Often we have habitual ways of relating to ourselves, others and situations: focusing can help us to slow down, listen inside and appreciate the subtleties in our experience. Developing the ability to listen to ourselves with compassion can help us to know what our needs are, make changes and respond differently in life. Being able to notice the richness of our internal and external lives can also make us feel more alive.
Focusing is a natural skill that anyone can develop and focusing-listening partnerships are a brilliant way of improving well-being and supporting self-exploration. Focusing can help us steer a calmer path through the fast driven ways of the modern world!
Learning focusing can help:
- Develop more of a connection with your body.
- Improve your relationship with yourself.
- Improve your self-esteem.
- Support you with overwhelming emotions such as anxiety.
- Connect with your intuition.
The workshop will introduce what exactly focusing is and cover different ways we can experience things, particularly how we can have a ‘felt sense’ of things and what that means. The workshop will be experiential and will include plenty of opportunities to practice the focusing process in a supportive environment. There will also be time to explore the particular way of focusing listening, as well as how focusing can be used in day to day life. There is the option to complete a second workshop, then potentially four more weekend workshops which lead to a BFA certificate in focusing skills.
Once you have learnt this valuable process you can practice focusing on your own or in a focusing-listening partnership. Practising focusing can be a lifelong skill for self-awareness and support.
About Suzi Mackenzie
Suzi Mackenzie is a counsellor and focusing practitioner who has been focusing for around ten years. She offers guided focusing sessions in Sussex and London. She has a keen interest in mental health and emotional well-being. See website for more information www.suzimackenzie.com/focusing