Because the majority of our Focusers who attend First Friday’s Gatherings will be in Focusing classes beginning in Sept, we will be discontinuing these gatherings for now. Our last one will be on Friday, Aug 7 from 6:30 – 8:00pm at The June Bug Center in Floyd. Our topic will be Focusing with Gratitude. If you’ve been thinking of coming out, I encourage you to join us this month. If this does not work, please reach out to me personally for more information about Focusing. I may also schedule some free talks at the Library if there seems to be interest.
Each month, Focusers will receive a handout reviewing the topic as well as suggestions for how to work with it more on their own or within a Focusing partnership. There is a $10 suggested fee for Focusers to attend, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
These gatherings are an opportunity for beginner to experienced Focusers to gather and practice and they are also open to NEWCOMERS for a one time free visit. If you are curious, this is an opportunity to witness one way we practice this skill. As described in wikipedia, Focusing…involves a holding of a kind of open, non-judging attention to an internal knowing which is directly experienced but is not yet in words. Focusing can, among other things, be used to become clear on what one feels or wants, to obtain new insights about one’s situation, and to stimulate change or healing of the situation. As you watch, you will be encouraged to be a ‘compassionate scientist’. A compassionate scientist is more than just an objective observer. We’ll invite you to listen empathically, sensitively observing the living process that is Focusing. Like a naturalist who has come upon a new creature in the wild, you will need all of your senses to discover what is unique and special about Focusing. Listen carefully. Notice details. Sense the big picture. Learning and practicing Focusing will bring you in touch with a larger intelligence inside you; an intelligence that is body-based and that can sense what needs your attention. An experienced Focuser will be able to know, from moment to moment, whether what they are doing is coming out of their truest sense of self and how that feels. In the role of compassionate scientist, you will get a ‘feel’ for how the Focusing process works.