This 4-session online course was created by Serge Prengel as a fund-raiser for The International Focusing Institute (TIFI). The course is free. We hope that, if you like it, you will make a donation to TIFI.
Focusing is the mindful practice of using our bodily felt sense to guide our actions, moment by moment. We turn our attention inward to notice subtle sensations and see them gradually come into focus and become meaningful. The word “focusing” evokes what happens when we adjust binoculars: a blurry image turns into a clear one.
In keeping with the topic, the course is using an experiential approach, as opposed to a linear approach. That is, a picture will form little by little as you get to understand what a Focusing attitude is.
Take this online course at your own pace. In each session, you have a choice to listen to all the material that is provided, or just the bare minimum (highlighted in yellow).
You can do it by yourself, or with a friend, or a group of friends. There are instructions for how to do the experiential practices on your own, or with another person.
Session 1 is an introduction to active listening. You can skip it if you already have done some Focusing, or are trained in NVC or in Active Listening, or you’re a therapist. Otherwise, please start with session 1.
Session 2 is about the natural three-step process of mindful engagement that underlies Focusing.
In session 3, we pay more attention to the felt sense.
In session 4, we integrate this naturally flowing practice with the traditional description of Focusing as a six-step process.
Start with Session 1.