"Few of us can actually change the world. We can only change ourselves. But if enough people took that to heart, the world would change.” ― Tammara Webber, Good For You
In this 8 week group, you will learn the embodiment and contemplative practice of Focusing. Focusing is a deep self-listening practice that will transform you, one shift at a time.
Focusing, like meditation, taps into your body's wisdom and intuition. It also builds awareness and presence. In a mindfulness practice we acknowledge a thought and go back to our breath or mantra. In Focusing we ask the body "What wants my attention?" and we stay with whatever emerges to understand it, learn from it, and integrate it. In so doing, we transform.
As we practice Focusing, not only do we resolve stuck issues, but we become resilient. We grow our self-leadership.
The group create space for sharing and learning about ourselves during our weekly zoom sessions. The ultimate goal is to help you move personal or professional goals forward.
In this course, you will get to know your 8 Cs of self-leadership, that will catalyze your transforming. We do this through the PUPA process, which naturally takes us through the shifts from a caterpillar to a butterfly. We build a safe space to transform, using parts of ourself as resources. In so doing, we use positive psychology to help us grow. The group will cycle through the PUPA process as follows:
- Permutation: physical felt shift + paradigm shift
“If you want to change the world, start with yourself.”—Mahatma Gandhi
How the Group Works
The group integrates the teachings of the classic 6 steps of Focusing. You'll learn to find a felt sense which is your body's wisdom. A felt sense is a combination of physical sensations, feelings, thoughts and memories. A felt sense is like the iceberg below the water line. We need to learn to scuba dive to explore and learn from its intricate knowing.
Also, the group teaches three supporting core skills of Focusing:
How to be an active listener, to listen to both a "focuser" and ourselves.
How to be an empathic listener, to notice what arises in us as another speaks.
The focusing attitude, a way of being welcoming, non-judgemental and open.
Focusing grows our self-empathy and self-compassion. And our empathy and compassion for others. In other words, it builds our emotional intelligence. These skills help foster deeper connections to ourselves and others. They help us build psychological safety in teams.
Each class consists of two parts: experiencing and (small) group practice. The experiential piece is similar to a guided meditation, where I guide you in Focusing. This usually has two parts: connecting with our “C” of Self-Leadership of the week, and brining it into an issue that wants change.
The group practice is in the second half, where participants practice Focusing with each other. We do this either as a large group, or in small groups in breakout rooms (groups of two (dyads) or triads). We practice empathic listening, which brings a special deep knowing and sharing to our fellow participants. We also share experiences and advice to round out the experience.
To further your practice, it is encouraged to also form a Focusing partnership with another participant. This involves meeting between classes to practice, in an exchange of Focusing and listening.
We will cross many complementary tools with Focusing. These include the latest neurobiology research, grounding in the body, Jan Winhall's felt sense/polyvagal model, getting to know the "parts" of ourselves, emotional intelligence, drawing/art, and journaling/free-flow writing.
The Group Meets: Thursdays, 12:30-2pm EDT
Next group starts Thursday, April 15 and runs until June 10th (no class May 6th)
Course location: Zoom
Not sure if this course if for you? Book a time with me for a complimentary 30-minute meeting and to learn more.
This is an 8 week group. Your purchase is for 8 weeks of Thursday groups. Participants can opt to do an additional round, or study in the Embodied Leadership course upon completion.
What People Are Saying
“I met Annette when I signed up for her 6-week course 8C’s of Self-Leadership (for more detail see Courses above). This turned out to be a unique and memorable experiential course in self-growth. As someone who uses Focusing in my work and in daily life, this course opened up for me new avenues. It was refreshing and invigorating because this course teaches you to allow your uniquely represented C’s to come out and play. Annette developed body cards to map out and symbolize our experience of the different C’s. This was quite a revelation because one can use these body cards as steps of our living process that is in constant flow. The body cards can be a reminder of where we started and allow us to see where we got to by bringing a Focusing attitude of receptivity, openness and non-judgement whilst exploring these themes. Totally recommend this course and feel this would be incredibly beneficial add-on to a variety of training environments.”
— VERONICA TOESCU, Focuser practitioner and Focusing-Oriented Therapist, Birmingham, UK