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.