Who We Are
The Hungarian Focusing network is a group of people who practice and teach focusing. Many of us are involved in teaching focusing in groups and in individual consultation. Our members represent a variety of fields of practice and important interests; including education, psychology, medicine, business, drama, writing, philosophy, art, dance, singing, and alternative healing.
What is Focusing?
Focusing means paying attention to (being attentively with) your immediate felt sense; how you feel, right now, in your body. This involves just noticing, how you feel, without analyzing, or interpreting; and then listening to what happens next in this process.
In a way this is simple. You might ask, “How am I right now?” and just notice. However, this is something we often may not do. We analyze; we don’t notice, we ‘skip over’ our immediate felt sense. We skip over our immediate felt sense in many situations in our daily living. If we are able to notice, and listen to, our felt sense; this process can give us subtle, valuable information – that we might not have recognized. And, the process of noticing, then listening to, one’s felt sense always feels better, even in difficult or seemingly unmoving situations.
With focusing, one can ask how am I right now ‘about’ …? (a situation in our life; for instance; an argument with a friend). We set aside what we already know, and pay attention to the immediate felt sense in our body ‘about’ this situation. Then, we continue to listen to ourselves as this process, starting with our immediate felt sense about this situation – evolves.
As one advances in focusing, one learns more about ‘interacting with’ or listening to their felt sense in a caring, attentive way. Some people call this, “learning to be a better friend with myself ; “truly listening to my own experience” and “letting my body experience be my guide.” In focusing classes, people practice focusing with themselves alone and in pairs. In pair practice, one person focuses (listens to oneself) while the other person listens to them – and is present with them as a caring attentive human being.
Focusing was first described by philosopher and psychologist Eugene Gendlin. In his major work, Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning, Gendlin described how, when we notice, and interact with, our felt sense in our body, we are involved in the process of ‘creating meaning.’ Our body lives in constant interaction with our world, our situations. Our body knows more than we can be conscious of, at any given moment. This is our implicit experiencing process. When we pay attention to this ‘implicit’, not yet conscious felt sense; the body experiencing process allows us to make more discoveries. We find special words, we have unique images, we recognize special body postures; and so on. As we go on in this way, we realize and create our own meaning. Gendlin called this process Focusing, and worked carefully at how to teach focusing. His book: Focusing (Bantam, 2007) was written both to support people who are learning focusing in classes; and as a resource where many people can learn focusing for themselves.
The teachers in our Hungarian Focusing Network learned to teach focusing from Gendlin and his close associates. Those who are in the network as therapists also learned how to integrate focusing and ‘listening to oneself’ into therapeutic practice. If you read the biographies of the members in our network, you can get an idea of the rich variety of ways that we are teaching and supporting focusing with different people, from different ‘walks of life’ in Hungary.
Hungarian Focusing Network: Our Coordinators
The Hungarian Focusing Network is directly affiliated with the Focusing Institute (International Focusing Institute) in New York. Our Focusing Coordinators are recognized by the Focusing Institute. Our focusing teachers are certified by focusing coordinators and have participated in training recommended by the Focusing Institute. Those therapists who are focusing-oriented therapists have received training and have undergone supervision recommended by the Focusing Institute.
Here will be available soon:
- List of Coordinators: Brief Biography; and contact information: (indicate who is bilingual with English)
- Bilingual Focusing Teachers and Therapists.
- List of Teachers / Therapists: Brief Biography; specialty (indicate focusing teacher, focusing therapist)
Articles on Focusing
Focusing Links: www.focusing.org
Videos about Focusing.Share