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Why Focusing Is An Important Skill For Highly Sensitive People

I used to be uncomfortable with the idea of focusing. It seemed so tight and controlled, so forced and fragile at the same time.

I thought that focus meant blocking out, and I did not want to block out.

The Fear Of Focus

Why was I afraid of focus?

Focusing seemed short-sighted when I wanted to be holistic. How can you be whole and fully awake when you are blocking out something or someone?

If being intentional is the Holy Grail of consciousness did focus take you away from it? Focus seemed like putting on blinders which meant giving up your integrity and I did not like that.

The Attraction Of Focus

Focus also seemed to offer hope.

I wanted access to my full creativity so I knew that I had to be able to fully immerse myself in what I was doing.

I also knew from my learning about Ayurveda that intelligence exists in all aspects of ourselves not just in our minds so I thought that focus could help me listen to all aspects of myself and the world as well.

Eugene Gendlin wrote a famous book about focus aptly named Focus. Eugene Gendlin who operates the Focusing Institute describes focus on his website:

“Focusing is a mode of inward bodily attention that most people don’t know about yet. It is more than being in touch with your feelings and different from body work. Focusing occurs exactly at the interface of body-mind. It consists of specific steps for getting a body sense of how you are in a particular life situation. The body sense is unclear and vague at first, but if you pay attention it will open up into words or images and you experience a felt shift in your body. In the process of Focusing, one experiences a physical change in the way that the issue is being lived in the body. We learn to live in a deeper place than just thoughts or feelings. The whole issue looks different and new solutions arise.”

The Benefits Of Focusing

Focus is a different way of engaging with life that allows us our full intelligence.  It is more that a gut instinct, it is a felt sense that brings us complete information or a centered wholeness if we will allow it.  More than 80 studies have been conducted to validate the effectiveness of focusing.

When in a state of focus, we operate from a very relaxed place. Highly sensitive people who suffer from stress and overwhelm can benefit from learning focusing. Meditation facilitates detachment from the ego state which opens us to the potential of the mind-body connection and focusing. Focusing facilitates access to our deeper knowing.

For HSPs who sometimes have difficulty with stress, ADD, and depression, the focusing technique can help them access the best in themselves.  Combined with other healing techniques, learning to focus offers HSP’s the opportunity for greater confidence and ease in their daily lives.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution and Sensitive Evolution Radio. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World as well as numerous courses for sensitives including The Emerging Sensitive Course using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. They can be found here. She is a long time meditator, reiki master, a student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.

5 Comments

  1. Logistics on September 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Its a great post. Really nice to read it. The kind of information provided here is undoubtedly wonderful and worth readable. keep sharing.



  2. Caprice on July 29, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I find focusing myself allows me to navigate my life from a calm, centered place. Some of this has come from hitting my 40s and some of it has come from discovering my HSP trait.



    • Maria Hill on July 29, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks, Caprice – I am glad you enjoyed the article!

      All the best,
      Maria



  3. Gilbert O'Sughrue on January 30, 2019 at 3:55 am

    As an HSS HSP I find distraction ruling most of my time. I’m so interested in almost everything. It’s like fear of missing out on anything in case I miss out on the best thing ever!
    This hampers my efficiency in most chores and tasks. When I do focus on a task my work is greatly improved; but then the perfectionism kicks in instead, lol. It’s always a challenge I enjoy but some people really don’t appreciate it. They want fast and just good enough.

    Of course I realise the focusing spoken of here is more of a self help technique for discovering the inner you. I’m hoping it will also help teach me to ignore distractions and focus on physically practical tasks as well.
    I’m new here and have signed up for The Magic of Sensitivity.
    Thank you for this wonderful website Maria 🙂



    • Maria Hill on January 30, 2019 at 6:16 am

      Welcome, Gilbert! Focusing is very hard. I think our sensitivity to nuance can feed a tendency to be distracted. If you make a minor shift from thinking in terms of perfectionism and call it an investment in excellence you will not come out of your focus as easily and you will enjoy work more. I know what you mean about the issue of appreciation. You are right that speed is often overvalued and the accompanying poor quality as well. Making excellence a priority is a great way to make work rewarding – don’t give up!

      All the best,
      Maria