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I’m thinking of one of my students, J, a young man 25 years old. He volunteers with a youth group in his community and at a camp for disabled children. I am inspired by the way he applies what he is learning. We first started corresponding when he signed up for a free lesson that […]

the intricate ongoingness inside of life

“You need to stand again in your own experiencing … in your own felt ongoingness, which is that intricate complexity inside of life … to put into the world what hasn’t been said yet, that you are carrying from your particular experience.”  —Eugene Gendlin Going into my experiencing. What does that mean? For most of […]

Eugene Gendlin on A Process Model

Focusing is a practice, not a theory. My friend Susana Alvarez from Argentina recently posted a saying that roughly translates to: “Communists until they get rich, lesbians until they get married, atheists until the plane starts to fall…”. I wrote back, “But Focusers forever.” That’s because, by Focusing,  we tune into our own felt experiencing […]

Dealing with stress

Dealing with stress by becoming aware of the patterns held silently in our bodies Listening to stress helps in dealing with stress. Just got this letter from a participant in our online class in Thinking at the Edge (TAE). It feels very fulfilling to have this feedback. It speaks to my vision, many years ago, […]

Snowden and the felt sense

Citizenfour won an Oscar for best documentary of 2015 A felt sense feels right despite the uncertainty of the circumstances. This illustrated in the documentary Citizenfour, a quiet, thoughtful, inspiring film about the week in June 2013 when Edward Snowden turned over thousands of classified NSA documents to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras in […]

The system said: Welcome to Fostering. You’ll make great foster parents. We said: Thank you. We hope we can do well.   The neighbors said: Aren’t you wonderful people. We said: Everyone gives back in their own way, this is just ours.   The system said: You are doing a great job. We said: We […]

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” –C.G. Jung

Focusing and Nonviolent Communication are inter-related. NVC brings the awareness of beautiful human needs and how naming and blaming divert us from expressing what we need. Then Focusing can give us insight into ways that we can fulfill that need. The bodily felt sense that is at the center of Focusing practice, shows us what […]

Last night I had a long conversation with my son, who is 25 years old, and works as a civil engineer for a large project that is redesigning and revamping the water drainage system of a major US city. His department is responsible for looking at traditional water drainage projects and adding “green” components, like […]